Activity Trackers Not as Accurate for Some Activities

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Certain activities like strength training aren't accurately measured on your fitness tracker. Why is that?
Air Date: 11/3/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John Higgins, MD
Dr John HigginsJohn P. Higgins MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC, is a sports cardiologist for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System. His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (6th graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
Activity Trackers Not as Accurate for Some Activities
If you're trying to lose weight or keep better track of your calorie intake and how many calories you're burning, fitness trackers can be great.

Activity trackers can provide a good overall estimate of calories burned, but a new study finds they're less accurate when measuring certain activities, such as strength training.

Listen in as John Higgins, MD, shares why your activity tracker could be great for monitoring certain activities, but not strength training. He also discusses if there is a way to accurately measure your activity level during strength training.