The Ultimate Guide to Fitness Tracker Hacks – Get the Most Out of Your Fitbit, Garmin & Beyond

The Ultimate Guide to Fitness Tracker Hacks – Get the Most Out of Your Fitbit, Garmin & Beyond

Whether you have a Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, Misfit, Xioami band or one of the many fitness trackers, smartwatches or smartphones as trackers you can always get more out of your device. Yes, they track steps and active minutes, but they can do so much more than that. So we’ve put together the ultimate guide to fitness tracker hacks –aimed at helping you get the most from your tracker and achieve your health and fitness goals! Let’s begin.

Ultimate Guide to Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker Hacks

1. Continuously Challenge Friends

Get the drive you need to push yourself to achieve your step goals each day by challenging your friends to a duel. A little bit of friendly competition is always fun. Choose one day a week in which you can dedicate to creating challenges for the week ahead. And don’t stick to the same challenges– because those can get old and boring. Switch it up and try new challenge modes that are either achievement based or super competitive. Stridekick has fun step challenges like leaderboards, virtual journeys, streaks, team mode and more!


2. Compete with Everyone–No Matter the Device

The more the merrier! There’s no one size fits all fitness tracking device for everyone. Depending on your needs there is a device that works best for you. But if you have a Fitbit, your friend has a Jawbone, and your dad has a Garmin, how do you compete? Easy, with Stridekick individuals can compete in fun fitness challenges with friends, family and coworkers, no matter the device.

3. Invite Everyone to Join in on the Fun

Fitness is always more fun with friends. Their presence helps to bring a sense of accountability and motivation– pushing you to get in those extra steps or encouraging when you’ve hit a health milestone. Their support is equally as important in helping you jump over hurdles and keep going when you feel like you can’t. Make sure to invite them to your challenges and work together towards your goals!

4. Get Social

Take the extra step and connect with your community. Reach out via challenge messages or special Facebook groups. Join in on the conversation. You never know who you’ll meet or who you’ll impact with your story.

5. Get More From Your Data

There’s more to your fitness tracker data than daily step counts and active minutes. You’ve made a commitment to monitoring your health so it’s important you’re getting all the insights you need to make meaningful changes. Don’t settle for the charts and reports from your fitness tracker. Take a deeper look at your activity patterns. Recognize successes and room for improvement so that you can make the necessary habit changes to achieve your goals.

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6. Set daily goals and Stick to them

Whether your aim is to lose weight, live a healthier lifestyle or gain muscle, setting daily goals can help. This is much more than a daily step goal. Track your water, food and exercise intake through your app daily to help you move closer towards your overall goal.

7. Share your data with friends

Sharing your activity and sleep data with friends helps to keep you accountable while simultaneously getting cheered on by those close to you! Fill them in on your goals and they’ll be sure to help encourage you when you’re down and praise you when you’ve achieved your daily successes!

8. Connect with Other Apps

To fully get the most out of your fitness tracking experience it’s a great idea to connect your device with other apps. There are a ton of different apps out there aimed at aiding in your experience. From MapMyFitness, Strava, RunKeeper and more that can aid in taking your tracking to the next level.


IFTTT helps you to stay on track of your health and fitness activities by connecting the apps you love. For instance you can connect your Fitbit to your Google Drive to log your sleep, activity and weight data in a Google spreadsheet. Or you can connect your Withings to your email so that every time you take a blood pressure measurement it emails your doctor the results. They have integrations with Fitbit, Jawbone, Withings and Misfit devices and their “recipes” are endless. Taking advantage of IFTTT will really help you to hone in on your healthy habits.

10. Search for all the Answers

Activity is only just a piece of the puzzle when it comes to healthy living. Making sure you have all the resources and knowledge before making changes to your lifestyle is very important. Get the most out of your tracking experience by consuming healthy lifestyle content from trainers, brands and bloggers alike.

11. Get Incentivized for Taking Steps

Is it really possible to get paid for your healthy lifestyle efforts? The answer is, yes! There are apps out there who reward users for their activity and nutrition efforts. Take Pact, an app that let’s users earn cash for living healthy, paid by members who don’t meet their goals. Choose the gym pact, food log pact or veggie pact and earn rewards for meeting your goals. There is even the possibility for your step efforts to go to a charity of your choosing with Charity Miles. And don’t forget Walgreens balance rewards which tracks your activity and helps you to earn rewards points!

12. Turn Unhealthy Habits into Healthy Ones- Set Challenges for your Least Active Days, Walk Your Errands

Are there days of the week you tend to be less active, eat unhealthy foods or overall just let your healthy lifestyle efforts slip? For many the weekends are a struggle. You head out to eat with friends, enjoy extreme relaxation on Sundays or indulge in an alcoholic beverage or two. Hey, we’re human. To counteract the unhealthy decisions you know you’ll make try setting up step challenges for your least active days, planning a home cooked potluck with friends or even walking your errands on Sundays. The tiniest bit of effort goes a long way and will help you to stay on track!

13. Optimize Charging

Each device’s battery life differs, but the one thing that remains the same is that charging is easily forgotten. It’s all too often that you happen to look down and your battery is flashing. unless your device is a replaceable coin battery it’s important that you’re optimizing your charging efforts. If you’re sleeping, sitting at your desk, or watching television these are prime times to get in a bit of charging. Avoid times when you’re active because you’ll miss those steps. Even picking a time each week you charge your device helps you to get into the habit of keeping a fully charged tracker!

14. Battery Saving Hacks

Monitoring your battery life can be a hassle and you’re not always sure what is draining the battery so quickly. Idle/Move alerts, smart alarms, smartphone notifications and using maximum brightness can all drain your battery. Take note of the most important features you use daily and keep those set to on, but turn off all the options you don’t need. This will help to extend your battery life!

15. Always have a Backup Plan

If you accidentally leave your device at home or it dies unexpectedly with no charger in sight it’s always important to have a backup plan. Turn to your iPhone health app for step tracking or the Fitbit mobile app to make sure you’re still monitoring your activity!

16. Optimize Smart Alarms

Smart alarms are pretty incredible, but you already know this if your device has one built in! What’s great is that it can be used for more than just a wake up call. Set smart alarms periodically throughout the day to remind you of certain goals. To get up and moving, to finish a certain amount of water, or even to take medication. Optimize your smart alarms for your daily needs!

17. Keep it Snug

You don’t have to fret if your Fitbit doesn’t fit you perfectly. For those of you with wrists too small or large, BitBelts and rubber bands should do the trick. The last thing we’d want to do is lose our device!

18. Cleanliness is key

You wear your tracker every single day pretty much 24/7. It’s almost just an extension of your arm. But with that being said, your tracker can most definitely get a little dirty. The good news is  that a little bit of water goes a long way. Rinse your band in water and make sure not to get the tracking piece wet (if it’s not waterproof). For tough spots try using a toothbrush with water to get it out and stick to soap-free products, like Cetaphil Gentle Skin.

19. Smart Coach

Jawbone UP devices are equipped with your own personal smart coach. Your smart coach will give you daily tips and tricks tailored to your previous days, weeks and months activity and sleep records. Make sure you’re listening to your smart coach to optimize your healthy living efforts!

20. Locate your tracker

For those who own a Fitbit it could be extremely beneficial for you to download and use Fitbit Finder if you’re device is ever lost. Being an avid tracker without a device can really put a damper on your day.

What are your favorite fitness tracker hacks?

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