Activity Bands Without Heart Rate Not Accurate Concludes HRWC

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Activity bands need to have heart rate to accurately measure all activity, like the Garmin Vivofit and Polar Loop, concludes a study by Heart Rate Watch Company.

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Garmin Vivofit Delivers Heart Rate For Greater Consistency In Measuring Activity

The fact that these bands are making consumers more conscious of their activity is perhaps the best feature these bands share.

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Activity tracker bands, or fitness wearables, just are not that accurate concludes a recent study conducted by the Heart Rate Watch Company and posted on the Heart Rate Watch Company Blog.

"We did some real step counting and wheel measured distances testing a wide array of bands and concluded that they are not very accurate without heart rate to compensate," says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, "Consumers deserve better than this which is why we chose to carry the only two bands that do heart rate - the Polar Loop and the Garmin Vivofit."

110 Steps Brushing Your Teeth?

"I clocked 110 steps brushing my teeth one day when in reality my feet had not moved," says Squire. He adds, "The distance traveled on these bands is also not calibrated to stride length so it also tends to be inaccurate much more so than GPS watches or foot pods."

What is to Like?

"The fact that these bands are making consumers more conscious of their activity is perhaps the best feature these bands share," says Squire.

700 Calories Versus 120?

"I wore a popular activity tracker for a spinning class and then a regular Polar heart rate monitor," says Squire. He adds, "Since my wrist was not moving, the activity tracker only showed 120 calories for the hour-long class whereas the Polar heart rate monitor showed 678."

Why Activity Trackers Like Polar Loop Work

"Activity trackers like the Polar Loop get real-time heart rate data so they provide you with real feedback on intensity, especially when your wrist is stationary," says Squire. He adds, "The Loop and Garmin Vivofit are the only way to go in our opinion."

Talk to the Experts

"If you'd like to talk with an expert that actually tests and uses the products they sell, then simply call us at 866-586-7129," says Squire. He adds, "See what a difference it makes to actually talk to somebody that tests and uses the products they sell."

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