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Are fitness trackers a rip off? 10,000 steps are no substitute for some REAL exercise, freckles interrupt the signal and the devices are easy to trick

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  • Are fitness trackers a rip off? 10,000 steps are no substitute for some REAL exercise, freckles interrupt the signal and the devices are easy to trick

    Whether you’re a gym-honed fitness fanatic or a couch potato getting in shape for summer, chances are you’ve come across a sports tracker.

    If you don’t have one of these colourful bands strapped to your wrist, you’re well behind the curve.

    Activity trackers — the most iconic of which is the Fitbit — are worn by 100 million people worldwide and the global industry is worth £1.9 billion.

    The devices — wearable computers with elasticated straps and a watch-like digital screen — monitor a user’s movement throughout the day, tracking data such as distance walked or run, calories burnt and heart rate. They range in price from £30 to more than £500 and A-list fans include Gwyneth Paltrow, Barack Obama and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

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