How to Use Smartphone as a Fitness Tracker

How to Use Smartphone as a Fitness Tracker

Walking is man’s best medicine — Hippocrates. Research shows that
walking as little as 30 minutes a day is the most simple way to improve your health. And compare to any other form of exercise walking is easy,
you can do it anywhere and most importantly
it’s has the highest ROI=====Ok, so walking is good for health,
But, how do you develop this habit? Well, you can always go outside and
start taking a stroll every evening, (but, I am sure most of us won’t’ do) or if you are like me,
then get a fitness band like this which will motivate you to walk
and possibly form a habit. But,
do you really need a fitness band? How about using your smartphone
as a fitness tracker?====Well, before we look into that,
let’s us first understand How exactly does a fitness band work? So,
on the surface A fitness band or often called a activity
tracker is like a regular wristwatch but instead of showing you the time
it’s primary function is to tracks your fitness related data like
how much km you have traveled, how much time you spend sleeping,
how much calorie you have burn, and things like that.. And it does all that,
with the help several sensors that is put together inside this core. Now, what type of sensor does it have? Well depending on the brand,
there can be many of them but the most prominent ones are
3-axis accelerometer, which tracks how much distance you have travelled and some more expensive one also has a
gyroscope to measure the rotation, altimeter to measure heights and
optical sensor to measure pulse, So, this sensors collects the information
then crunch it with the data you have already provided
like you age, height and weight etc. And then using a complex algorithm,
It gives you meaningful data.==Now,
here is the interesting part, most modern smartphone already have a built-in
motion sensor and
Since you always carry it everywhere you go, you can easily use it as a fitness tracker.
. All you need is a right software. So, simply download Google fit app, if you
have an Android or Apple’s health app, if you own a iPhone. And once you have installed the app,
you need to enter your physical details like age, height weight etc.
And that’s it. You have to do nothing now. The app will run in background
and track every steps you take. And anytime you want to see your activities
simply open the app and you will find
how much steps you have taken or calories you have burn. and guess what
you can also import these data to other fitness app like myfitnesspal etc
and make more meaning out of it. But this leads us to
another interesting question how accurate are these apps? Well smartphone and fitness band uses
a similar motion sensor so theoretically
they will have similar output? Well to find the truth behind this
there was a study conducted by university of pennsylvania In which they took 14 participant
and each were given a popular fitness band and smartphone
and then they were asked to walk in treadmill. And guess, what was the result? Well final steps count from both smartphone
and fitness were similar (with just 5-6% variation) But, we all know
researchers can be biased So I decided to conduct my own
not so scientific experiment For 20 days,
I use both my fitness band and Google fit app
to record my steps And then plot down the results in a graph.
And as you can see although there is a clear correlation b/w
them but there is also significant gap. So why is that? Well, you can explain it with 2 argument One,
I don’t keep my smartphone with me all the time
like I do with my fitness band. And if I did that,
then the no of steps counted by my phone will definitely be higher/ And two,
since fitness band are tied in my hand so even if I move my hands a little
it will still count them as a steps.. but on the other hand,
phone are kept in a pocket and will count steps when I am actually walking so as a result,
the real steps on my fitness band is little bit lower. And when do that.
you can see, the graphs are overlapping. Which means it’s true
that you can use your smartphone as fitness tracker. So does it mean,
one should not buy a fitness tracker? Well, not exactly. The company selling these fitness tracker
were well aware of this situation, and this is why they bundle their band with
other useful things, l ike vibrational alarm and sleep tracker. pulse
reader and personal coach, etc. Also you can’t swim with your smartphone
but fitness trackers are water resistant, So, an early adopter will alway go for a fitness
tracker. and that’s what these fitness band companies
are focusing on. While for an average users,
who just want to track his or her steps your smartphone is sufficient.===Now, if you are early adopter
and looking for a fitness band yourself then here is your chance to get it for free. All you have to do is be a subscriber
make sure you read the terms and conditions and then fill out this simple google form. the link is in the description And I will announce the winner after 24 hours
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31 comments on “How to Use Smartphone as a Fitness Tracker

  1. Andreas Indelicato Post author

    One tip for your Videos, so we hear you better… Use an Omnidirectional Lavalier Tie Clip Collar Microphone ! Sounds much better and the Room noise gets cancelled. You can get it for a few bucks on Amazon India πŸ˜‰

  2. Girish Joshi Post author

    I tried to submit your form , but it's showing error of "website not available". Thanks. Great work. Keep it up.

  3. Anurag Kohli Post author

    totally agree. fitness tracker are more of a show than utility unless and until one is passionate about their fitness to the extent they count each and every calories.

  4. Vijay Teja Post author

    thanku so much mrinal…I luvd ur previous videos too..which were very useful.
    can u also tell me few apps like show box; videomix ..for Indian movies i.e Hindi, telugu etc..plzz

  5. Mithu Roy Post author

    I uninstalled Google Fit as part of the bloatware , I think I should install it now.
    One Request: Please don't start giveaways on Valentine Week. I missed it πŸ™

  6. Fatima Dawood Post author

    I really needed this video! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I missed the giveaway too πŸ™ Next time maybe πŸ™‚

  7. Durai Anand Post author

    Could you tell what's the default pin for Goqii to connect to a phone without Goqii app? Kindly look into that if you haven't. With that we can use Goqii to unlock phones I suppose.


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