How Accurate Is Your Fitness Tracker?

Source: ALEX HUTCHINSON FOR RUNNER’S WORLD

IMAGE BY DAN REDDING

We used to wonder how accurate the calorie count on treadmills and ellipticals was. (The answer: not very.)

Now we have more sophisticated devices that track our every move, but the question is still the same: How much can we trust the numbers?

Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Health and Nutrition recently ran an impressively detailed study to compare 12 different wearable devices, including the Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP24, Misfit Shine, Garmin Vivofit and Withings Pulse O2, to two widely accepted methods of estimating calorie burn.

Fight for your fitness!

If you ever need to relieve some stress after a frustrating day of work, why not try martial arts? It is a great way to get in shape and offers a high intensity workout that activates your body on a different level. What’s more, is you’re also learning some valuable self-defense moves in case you […]

Why exercise with your significant other

Many people exercise alone. A quick look around at the gym will verify this as you notice solo runners on the treadmill and muscly dudes moving across the free weight floor. The truth is a lot of us don’t consider bringing a friend to the gym. But why not? And why not bring one of […]

Treadmill running or outdoor running?

As a runner you’re going to find yourself at a crossroad. Should you work up a sweat outside or do you pay your local gym a visit and run on their treadmill for 30 minutes? This is a question that many runners face and while some may think that both are exactly the same, there […]

Best time to work out: morning or evening?

Are you a morning person or an evening person? When it comes to working out, people have different preferences. While some would not mind waking up at five in the morning to start exercising, some would much rather sleep in and just train after work. For those people uncertain about when to fit in a […]

How to run farther

Having trouble running your first 5K or 10K? Ever wonder how some runners can keep running as if they weren’t getting tired? For beginners, long distance running can be an intimidating and exhausting challenge but the trick isn’t to jump straight into long runs, but to build up to it. So if you’re planning to […]