This New Study Says Your Fitbit May Be Lying to You
There’s definitely no shortage of free fitness apps, fitness trackers and Instagram motivation to give you workout ideas and keep you inspired these days. Just think about how thrilled we get when we hit our step goals on our Fitbit for the day. But when it comes to tracking our progress, we may be relying on technology too much (hear us out). A new study measured the performance of fitness trackers from Fitbit to Apple Watch, and found that they might not be counting your steps, distance and calories burned quite as accurately as they claim.
Researchers at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona monitored 22 healthy volunteers in their early-20s to early-30s wearing fitness trackers during a regimen of rest, walking and running on a treadmill and cycling on an ergometer. Then researchers took an electrocardiogram (ECG), basically a measurement of participants’ heart activity, and compared it with the wearables’ data. (And you thought just having to put on a sports bra to work out was a hassle.) The study looked at the four most popular fitness wearable models: Apple Watch, Fitbit Charge HR, Samsung Gear S and Mio Alpha.
The good news: You don’t need to rush out and trade in whatever wrist candy you currently own for a different brand. ALL devices proved pretty (okay, sometimes really) inaccurate, frequently underestimating heart rate and energy expenditure, and none stood out as any better than the others. And researchers weren’t surprised: This study was actually conducted in relation to an ongoing class action lawsuit that claims Fitbit trackers are inaccurate.
Interestingly, the study shows that when these devices track physical activity, the margin of error is usually in that they underestimate it. Simple step count estimates for the Apple Watch, Fitbit Charge HR and Samsung Gear S were all in an acceptable range of error: within 4–6 percent. But for greater energy expenditures, the heart rate estimation from the devices was off by up to 43 percent — or 20 beats per minute — in some cases. Whoa. Are our Fitbits trying to fit-shame us?
If you’re seriously trying to manage your weight with exercise and want to be really strict about hitting your goals, relying on your fitness tracker as a digital personal trainer might not be the best route for success. If only because it’s not giving you enough credit and may lead to you over-doing it on your run without even realizing it.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)