Activity trackers are everywhere these days, but when it comes to tracking steps and calories, are they really accurate? As it turns out, the trackers are pretty reliable when tracking steps. However, they are less accurate when estimating energy expenditure. So should you use one? Studies show that people are 30 to 40 percent more active when they use activity trackers. If you think wearing one will help you to get up and moving, your best bet is to choose a device based on comfort, ease of use, and whatever additional features might appeal to you.
Lisa Fleming is a professional Health Coach who is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She is the author of "Exercising Mom." She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children.