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How do fitness trackers calculate the calories I burn in a day?

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Using your weight and gender, fitness devices can calculate the calories you burn in a day. The harder you exercise and the more you move throughout the day, the more calories you burn.

Some devices only record the calories you burn during exercise. Others record activity all day, like washing dishes, folding laundry, and sleeping.

Look for devices that ask for your weight and gender to get the most accurate results.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Target Heart Rates."

Consumer Reports: "Activity Trackers Cover More Than Just Footsteps," "Pedometers Ratings."

Grace DeSimone, national director of group fitness, Plus One Health Management Inc., New York.

Jim White, health fitness specialist, American College of Sports Medicine; spokesman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; owner, Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios, Virginia Beach, VA.

TechHive: "How to Pick the Right Fitness Device for Swimmers," "How to Pick the Right Fitness Device for Gym Members."

The Wirecutter: "The Best Fitness Tracker."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 27, 2020

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Target Heart Rates."

Consumer Reports: "Activity Trackers Cover More Than Just Footsteps," "Pedometers Ratings."

Grace DeSimone, national director of group fitness, Plus One Health Management Inc., New York.

Jim White, health fitness specialist, American College of Sports Medicine; spokesman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; owner, Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios, Virginia Beach, VA.

TechHive: "How to Pick the Right Fitness Device for Swimmers," "How to Pick the Right Fitness Device for Gym Members."

The Wirecutter: "The Best Fitness Tracker."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 27, 2020

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