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Coolest Hacks to Fake Fitbit Steps
Good Old Arm Swing
Quite a few new Fitbit users try this out just to check how the device works. And if you want to fake the steps, swinging your arm while seated is probably the best and safest method.
On the upside, you should be able to get a steady pace of 100 steps per minute without even lifting your foot. The algorithm is not likely to sniff you out and the same should apply to your friends. But keeping up with the arm swing is easier said than done, especially over a longer period of time.
The bottom line is that you might add a couple thousand steps every week if you don’t mind the oddity of swinging one arm.
Rock, Rock, Rock Your Chair
Recline comfortably in your rocking chair, Fitbit on your wrist, and start rocking vigorously. While you’re at it, rotating your wrist might help. And don’t forget the occasional arm swing.
This method should yield the same results as the previous one, or about 100 steps per minute, maybe even a bit more. Rocking in your chair with a wrist rotation and an arm swing every now and again might be even more tiring than arm swings alone. So, it’s not something you can sustain for long.
Then again, your peers and the app shouldn’t see through your cheat.
Ride a Harley or a Lawnmower
A Twitter user reports that riding her Harley adds thousands of steps to Fitbit.
There are also claims that the same happens if you ride a lawnmower. Honestly, the lawnmower cheat is much less glamorous than riding a Harley, but the principle is the same.
It’s safe to assume that Fitbit picks up vibrations and motion that transfer to the device through your wrist. If you get a chance to test this one out, feel free to share your experience in the comments section below.
Give Fitbit to Your Child
Children are always out and about. They keep running, climbing things, taking gym classes, so you’ll surely ramp up the steps count if you give the device to your child. Of course, Fitbit is completely safe for children and he or she might even appreciate the chance to sport an adult’s wearable.
If you think parents don’t really give Fitbit to their children, there are tweets to prove you wrong.
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Tape It to a Ceiling or Box Fan
An ideal cheating method would operate entirely independently, with no oversight or effort required from you. That’s why this technique sounded so promising. If it worked, you could flip a switch and start racking up steps without a second thought on your part.
To test it out, I taped the little tracker piece (without the wristband) onto the blades of both a ceiling fan and a box fan. (The box fan was more work since I had to remove the front screen part with a screwdriver.)
Results: Disappointing. In both instances, when I first started the fan, I watched as the steps quickly began to mount, and for a few glorious moments I thought I’d outsmarted my FitBit for good. But I had underestimated my opponent. After about 30 seconds, the step counter froze, as if the tracker had adapted to its steady motion and was now failing to register it. Maybe it was my guilty conscience, but it felt as if my FitBit had gotten wise to what I was trying to pull. In both the ceiling- and box-fan tests, I added only about 40 steps before the effect wore off.
Effectiveness: 1/10. I put more effort into executing this than I saved.
Plausibility: A burst of a few dozen steps and then a long stretch of nothing? That’s all too plausible. 10/10.
Verdict: Skip it. It’s possible that the right setup could make this work, but fine-tuning the arrangement felt like too much trouble.
Fake It Till You Make It
Cheating your way into enviable Fitbit scores defies the purpose of the device in the first place. That being said, you should be able to get away with a few hundred extra steps every week as long as you keep up with the exercise routine.