How to use your fitness tracker properly

How to use your fitness tracker properly

Fitness Trackers are no longer simple pedometers that you just put on and use. In the meantime, the smart wristbands offer a wide range of useful functions. Maybe this is the reason why many users are a little overwhelmed at the beginning.

A few years ago, everything was quite simple. You got yourself a fitness tracker, activated the device and off you went.

Even if you bought the best fitness tracker, it is necessary to prepare it for use. The device has to be configured, different data should be stored and of course it is important to get familiar with the different functions.

What sounds complicated and elaborate at first, turns out to be relatively simple in practice. When you know what to do. Also check

Therefore I would like to give you a compact instruction here,

  • how to prepare your Fitness Tracker for its first use
  • how to use your fitness bracelet correctly to get the maximum benefit

How to prepare your Fitness Tracker

Step 1 – Preparatory work

Hooray, your Fitness Tracker has finally arrived in the mail and you would love to try it out right away.

But before you start, there are some preparations to make. First of all you should check the contents of the package. Usually the package contains

  • the Fitness Bracelet
  • USB charging cable
  • Brief instruction
  • sometimes a spare bracelet

If something is missing, contact the manufacturer or dealer immediately and complain about the defective delivery.

Next, install the corresponding app from the manufacturer on your smartphone. Often a connection to the app is necessary shortly after the installation of the Fitness Wristband. If there is no connection, the configuration will be delayed or interrupted, which leads to unnecessary and nerve-racking complications.

After you have installed the corresponding app on your smartphone, you can finally switch on your Fitness Tracker.

The manufacturers try to keep the configuration of the device as simple as possible. Therefore, you are usually guided through the setup by short instructions either directly on the wristband or in the app.

A Bluetooth connection between wristband and cell phone is always necessary. With Garmin models, pairing is activated automatically, with other manufacturers you have to switch on the Bluetooth on your smartphone yourself.

Step 2 – Entering the data

In the course of setting up the device, you will also be asked to enter various personal data such as gender, height, weight and age. In addition, there is often the possibility to enter information about how active (daytime activities and sports) you have been so far.

I recommend that you enter these data as accurately as possible. Don’t make the mistake of glossing over different information such as weight or age, as incorrect values will greatly affect later measurements and analysis.

If possible, enter your personal stride length as well. This makes the step counting and especially the distance measurement based on the steps you have taken much more precise.

It is also very important to enter the maximum heart rate (max HF). Based on this value, the manufacturer will set up predefined heart rate zones or your personal heart rate zones will be based on this value.

The maximum heart rate also plays an important role when calculating other values like Vo2max, stress level or heart rate variability

If you don’t know your max HF and don’t give any information about it for the time being, the formula 220 – current age is automatically applied. However, the result can only be considered as a rough guideline at best.

I therefore strongly recommend that you determine your individual maximum heart rate in order to obtain reliable and meaningful readings later. Here you can find out everything important about heart rate and pulse zones.

Step 3 – Get to know your Fitness Tracker

Modern fitness wristbands are easy and clear to use. Despite a wide range of features, gadgets and apps, the menu is usually logical and self-explanatory. By typing, simple wiping gestures or pressing side-mounted buttons, one navigates through the menu and calls up various functions.

Nevertheless, you should take your time and get to know your Fitness Tracker from A to Z. Discover and test all functions and make all necessary settings to make the operation of the device as easy as possible.

Depending on the model, there are numerous possibilities. Here are a few examples

  • Duration and intensity of the display illumination
  • Which information should be displayed on the start screen
  • Change of the display design by installation of new Watchfaces
  • Bookmark popular sports profiles
  • Add new sport profiles
  • Configuration of the sport profiles – Which data should be displayed during the training
  • Smart Notification Configuration – Which notifications do you want to receive
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