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How to Cheat on Your Fitbit
Fitbits are good for many reasons. There’s the obvious “keep track of your activity for a healthy lifestyle” reason. Then there’s the companies that give Fitbits to their employees and offer rewards or lower insurance rates for more activity. And of course, there’s the friendship-jeopardizing competitions people have. I’ll just say it…working out sucks. But you have to work out for Fitbit to count your steps, right? Wrong! Here at Blueshoon, we don’t condone Fitbit-cheating your friends or your company. Anyways, here’s how to cheat on your Fitbit… Let Others Cheat For You Put it on your dog As long as your dog isn’t as lazy as you, you should benefit from their steps. You can also play fetch with your dog while you sit on the couch. Ask your fit friend to wear it That’s what friends are for. Put it on your kid Kids are pretty crazy, right? Ride a CTA Bus I swear, there are no shock absorbers in those buses. Watch Sports Wear it while you watch the Bears game It’s no secret, the Bears are going to suck this year. If you’re a passionate Bears fan and you watch the games every week, wear your fitbit. You’re bound to make violent hand gestures when Jay Cutler throws an interception(s). Another thing the Bears do well is getting your hopes up. Last Sunday’s game against Green Bay is a perfect example. The Bears played pretty well during the first half and gave fans a glimmer of hope that maybe this season won’t be as bad as they say…then Cutler threw an interception. They know how to put your emotions on a rollercoaster and when they do, wear that Fitbit! Play fantasy football Again, violent hand gestures will happen: good and bad. So as long as the numbers go up, does it matter how you reach your goals? Again, we don’t encourage cheating but if you’re going to cheat, at least be creative about it.
Is 30000 steps a day good?
This means you’ll need to take 15,000 steps per week (a little over 2,000 steps per day) to meet the CDC’s minimum guidelines. For more health benefits, the CDC recommends upping that goal to 300 minutes. This equals about 30,000 steps per week (just under 5,000 steps per day).
Does fitbit count steps if arms arent moving?
Will my device count steps if my arms aren’t moving? If you’re doing something like pushing a stroller or shopping cart, your wrist-based device will count your steps but the total may be slightly lower than usual. If you’re walking or running outside, use GPS to capture your route, pace, and distance.
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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.
Swing It on a String
This was the last idea I tried, and the only one I hadn’t seen mentioned online before while researching how to cheat on FitBit. That’s a shame, because it’s got a lot going for it, starting with a simple setup: just tie the tracker to a string, and use your wrist to swing it back and forth with minimal effort. (Taping it to a yo-yo would also work nicely. I attached mine to a headphone cord, and that did the trick just fine.) The idea is to simulate the to-and-fro motion that makes swinging your arm so effective, but in a way that’s easier to keep up for long periods.
Results: At a comfortable pace, I was able to add about 120 steps per minute, so a bit more than swinging my arm alone. It was also far, far easier to keep up.
Effectiveness: 9/10. By resting my elbow on my knee, I could easily maintain the swinging motion of my wrist for an hour or more. In fact it was almost relaxing, like a fidget spinner of dishonesty.
Plausibility: 8/10. The pace perfectly matched that of a brisk walk. The only risk is overdoing it: you may raise suspicions if you continue it mindlessly at the same rate for hours.
Verdict: The combination of simplicity and reliability make this method the clear winner. The only potential improvement would be to automate the motion of the string somehow, perhaps by building a simple robot that could begin swinging it at the flip of a switch. But if you or I were that ambitious, “how to cheat FitBit” articles wouldn’t need to exist in the first place.