How to Cheat on FitBit Convincingly. Spoiler

Swing Your Arm

If you own a FitBit, you've probably tried this me

If you own a FitBit, you’ve probably tried this method before. In fact, there’s a good chance the first thing you did when you initially slipped on your wristband was to test how different motions affected your step count. In other words, you probably already know this works. But is it a viable way to significantly boost your daily total?

Results: I found I was able to add about 100 steps per minute by swinging my arm at a comfortable pace while seated. However, I also couldn’t keep it up forever. It got old after about five minutes, at which time I switched the wristband to my other arm and continued at the same pace. I’d say the max I’d want to keep up the whole thing would be 15 minutes or so, maybe a little longer if I were particularly motivated and/or distracted.

Effectiveness: 7/10. This method loses points for being difficult to sustain for long periods, but the beauty of it is you don’t need to. In fact you’re probably better off sneaking in a couple hundred steps here and there throughout your day.

Plausibility: 8/10. Your friends might question why you add so many steps during prime TV-watching hours, but the rate of increase is almost perfectly in line with someone walking at a normal pace. (The rule of thumb is 2,000 steps = 1 mile; you could add that many steps in about 20 minutes of arm swinging, which is right around the typical pace for walking a mile.)

Verdict: This is a reliable technique to keep in your repertoire. However, in terms of hassle it’s only slightly better than just going for a walk. It feels like the “before” part of an infomercial: there’s got to be a better way!

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Maybe 10,000 steps if I focus on taking smaller steps. Half a day is 12 hours – so walking fast (jogging pace for some) for 12 hours with a couple of short breaks would give me roughly 100,000 steps. In my office I can pace around on conference calls and log 4000-6000 steps an hour. Over 16 hours pacing my office to bag 100,000 real steps.

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How do you stop fitbit from counting steps while driving?

Go to ‘Log’ and click on ‘Activity’. In the list with all the data, select the steps you want to ignore. Type ‘driving’ for instance and indicate the time. Click on ‘Log Activity’ and your number of steps will be reduced.

Ingenious Ways to Fake Fitbit Steps

Certain users go to extreme lengths to get more steps on Fitbit. We don’t recommend trying any of the following methods since you might damage the device and the algorithm is bound to recognize something is off. Nevertheless, here’s the list just for the fun of it:

  1. Strap Fitbit to a fan and run it at medium speed.
  2. Attach the device to your dog’s collar.
  3. Strap Fitbit to a power drill and keep pulling the trigger for some time.
  4. Attach the device to your mixer and do some whisking.

Spin It on a Power Drill

After the ceiling fan test, I was not feeling opti

After the ceiling fan test, I was not feeling optimistic about this idea. It seemed clear that back-and-forth motion, not rotation, was key to tricking the tech. But as a man of science, I didn’t want to rule anything out based on my assumptions alone. I taped the whole FitBit, wristband and all, to the end of a drill, then lightly held the trigger switch to cause it to rotate at moderate speed.

Results: This flat-out didn’t work. I may have recorded a few incidental steps as I performed the setup, but other than that, this gained me about as much as I’d have gotten by taking a nap.

Effectiveness: 0/10. People who have done this are plainly smarter than me.

Plausibility: 10/10, but only by default, because it didn’t add any steps.

Verdict: Nah man.

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