Activity Tracker Accuracy: How Important Is It?

FullSizeRenderIn January of 2014, I purchased a Jawbone UP24. It was a bit of a splurge; $150 for one of the more advanced activity trackers on the market at the time. Fast forward to almost a year and a half later and after one replacement band, I’ve already moved on to the more petite Jawbone UP Move.

Why did I decide to switch? Well first of all, I could already tell that my replacement band was on its way out. The button at the tip was already compressed far into the band and it would occasionally have a tough time syncing.

Only a few days into its usage and I think it’s already won me over.

One thing I have noticed about it though is that it seems to record a lot more steps than the UP24 band. Does this mean my Jawbone had been recording less activity than what I was actually doing?

It poses the question of activity tracker accuracy: when it comes to steps, does accuracy even matter? Or is it more about trend data?

Here is an example: let’s say you took 8,032 steps one day, 6,533 the next day, and then 9,378 steps the third day.

I think it’s more important to note that there was a decrease from day one to day two (negative change), but then there was a significant improvement on the third day (positive change).

So rather than mull over whether or not a trip to the bathroom is 30 steps or 40 steps, I think it’s more important to note the change in how many trips you take one day over another day. Thoughts?

Run #91: Remembering Why I Run

About 13 more miles to go until my next goal.
About 13 more miles to go until my next goal.

So with the last several weeks being so hectic at work, I haven’t been devoting as much time to exercising as I was before. There are only so many late night runs a person can endure before giving up completely.

I’ve broken past my weight loss plateau, but just barely. And last week, I kinda overindulged at Ra Sushi with my friend Caroline, had lunch at Bread Zepplin with Briana (MMM… BREAD), and ate BBQ with my mom for 4th of July dinner because, well, meat.

The other day, one of my coworkers said to me, “Girl, you’ve lost SO much weight. You’re a skinny mini! When I saw you walking towards me, I was like ‘Daaamn…'”

I laughed. “Really?”

“Yeah, you’re looking really good.”

That boosted my confidence. I’m feeling really comfortable in my body these days. Although I am not a size 12, I’m fine with knowing that I’ll get there eventually, and in the meantime I can still enjoy my body at any size.