How to Cheat on a Step Counting Challenge

A Fitbit or other step-counting task can be a great way to inspire yourself to be active. But again, it’s easier to just sit on the couch and pretend you are taking a lot of steps. Here are some ways to cheat the system, even if you end up cheating yourself.

Not every method will work with every brand and type of tracker, but here are some things to try:

  • Wear it on your ankle and ride your bike . You will take more “steps” with less effort than if you actually walked. Note: do not tell the app that you are riding a bike. This is not the point. You use your bike to make him think you are a super fast runner.
  • While you sit down, swing it on a string . It takes hands to do this, but you can still do it while watching TV.
  • Wiggle your hand back and forth. This is similar to the previous one, but with a little more effort. However, you can do this anywhere and you don’t even need a string. Other hand movements can also convince your tracker that you are walking:
  • Attach it to your dog’s collar. Small, active dogs can take thousands of steps more than you.
  • Attach it to something that moves. People have had varying degrees of success with electric drills, ceiling fans, and a variety of vibrating or rotating tools and machinery .

For extra fun, tell your app not to automatically sync your steps; This way, you can watch your competitors slowly ramp up their steps, and then reveal your total winnings shortly before the competition closes.


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