The Manpo-Kei, which translates to ‘10,000 steps meter’ was the first fitness tracker ever to surface. Invented in 1965 by Dr. Yoshiro Hatano from the Kyushu University of Health and Welfare, the Manpo-Kei was first created as a tool to help combat obesity
Most modern fitness trackers today still use 10,000 steps as a benchmark for overall health and wellness; however, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Obesity 15,000 steps may be a more beneficial target to aim for.
Fitness Trackers Technology Today
Ever since Fitbit released their very first fitness wearable in 2008, the changes that these devices have undergone have been immense and revolutionary. From being a basic one-button machine, fitness trackers are now feature-rich, activity-tracking smart devices that can do just about anything such as track your steps, monitor your heart rate, calculate distances you run/jog, monitor blood pressure, and a lot more.
If you’re new to the world of fitness wearables, this article will help you set-up your device so that the process goes smoothly. It will also give you tips on how to make the most out of the features that your fitness device has to offer.
Getting Started with Your Fitness Tracker
1.Plugin the Charger
Some fitness trackers do work fresh out of the box, but it’s a good rule of thumb to charge it before doing anything after purchasing it. Most fitness trackers come with a USB cable and an AC adapter in the box; however, some may only include a USB cable. In this case, you can just use any AC adapter you already have to start charging.
2.Set Up Your Account
This isn’t necessarily required for you to start using your fitness tracker. But if you want to make use of all your fitness tracker’s unique features, setting up an account is the best way to go.
You can start by installing the app on your phone. Most fitness trackers have a companion app that is compatible with Android or iOS. Once you’re finished installing, the app will prompt you to sign up or register for an account. This will involve you creating a username and password, selecting your device from a list, and entering your biometric data such as weight, height, and medical conditions (if any).
3.Pair with Your Phone
After you’ve set up your account, it’s time to pair your phone with your fitness tracker. This allows you to view the data gathered by your fitness tracker via your phone app. Make sure the device is near your phone and that your WiFi and Bluetooth connections are on. The best fitness tracker companion apps will give you on-screen instructions to help you complete the set-up process of your device.
Find Out How Often Your Device Syncs with Your Phone App
Any fitness tracker user needs to understand how and how often their device syncs its data with their mobile or online account. Check the instruction manual that comes with your fitness tracker — often, it will have the information you need.
You should also start to learn about how syncing works for your specific device. For instance, some trackers sync data periodically via your smartphone, as long as you leave Bluetooth on and allow the app to continue syncing in the background. That could quickly drain your phone’s battery but will ensure your data are always up to date.
Getting the Most Out of Your Fitness Tracker
Making sure you buy the best-quality fitness tracker for more accurate data is only 20% of the work you have to do to achieve overall health and wellness. To get the most out of your device, there are a couple more steps to take.
Enter Complete Biometric Data to Improve Accuracy
Look for options on your smartphone app that will let you enter additional biometric data into your device. Doing this can help the app monitor and calculate your progress more accurately than without it.
Make Sure Your Fitness Tracker Is the Right Fit
If your fitness tracker is too tight or too loose, it might affect the data it gathers. Before buying one, make sure the band length is just right for your wrist. If you’re struggling to find fitness trackers for people with small wrists, there are tons of resources online that can help you find the best solution to this issue.
Wear Your Fitness Tracker Correctly
It’s important to position your fitness tracker correctly, especially if it comes with a heart rate monitor, to help it collect more accurate data for your records. Follow the instructions highlighted in the product manual or on the companion app. This will also help you choose which wrist (your left or right) to put your fitness tracker on.
Set Achievable Goals
Most fitness trackers start with a default goal, usually something like 10,000 steps per day. But you can customize this to fit a specific goal you’re trying to reach. Customizing your goals helps the fitness tracker create a more accurate record of your progress throughout the next months. Just make sure you wear your device regularly to record as much data as you can.
Connect with Friends or Fitness Groups
Although fitness trackers are quite effective at keeping one accountable for their routines, it’s also good to have friends to share the experience with. Some fitness trackers allow users to compare scores, challenge each other, or even earn badges after a certain goal is met. Stay motivated by connecting with friends.
Make Sure to Regularly Update Your Device
It’s normal for manufacturers to release updates for their devices to fix issues and bugs, add new features, and increase the overall protection of their customers. Make sure your data and information are kept intact by regularly updating your device and app.
Fitness trackers are great accountability devices and can help keep people feeling motivated to move and exercise every day. It has also made it easier for people to keep track of goals, log daily progress, and record valuable data such as calories lost, heart rate, eating habits, and sleeping habits.
It’s not a must to own a fitness tracker; however, if you’re looking for a great way to stick to your routine, this might just help you. Get started on your health and fitness journey, today!