Your activity tracker is designed to help you measure your progress throughout the Second Nature programme.
For those who received a tracker with an in-built sleep-syncing feature, your tracker will capture the hours you sleep each night and the number of steps you take each day.
For those who received a tracker with only the in-built step-syncing feature, your tracker will sync the steps you take each day to your Second Nature account.
The tracker records steps through the swinging motion of the arm when walking.
The step number displayed on the tracker may not update immediately, but the tracker will calibrate correctly by the end of the day.
If you have your own activity tracker, such as a Garmin or Fitbit, there may be slight differences in the steps recorded between your tracker and the Second Nature tracker. This is due to the varying motion detectors used in different trackers. We recommend that you use one tracker to record your steps, to ensure consistency.
What if I do exercise that is not captured by the tracker?
If you exercise but the motion is not detected by your Second Nature tracker, you can convert this exercise into steps by viewing our conversion table.
Be sure to add the exercise steps to the total amount of steps you do at the end of the day. For example, if you walked 7000 steps and did roughly 5000 steps whilst exercising, you would manually enter 12 000 steps at the end of the day before you go to bed or the next day.
Trackers with in-built sleep-syncing features measure sleep duration by tracking movement at night. When your body is at rest/unmoving, your tracker will register this as sleep. If you are restless at night, for example, you turn over, the tracker will pick up on this movement and register it as restless sleep.
When your device indicates that you are moving so much that restful sleep would not be possible, your sleep graph will indicate that you were awake.
The tracker will record sleep between ~9pm and ~8.30am (if asleep outside of this time period, the tracker will not register sleep). If awake but still during this time frame, the tracker will record this as sleep.
It is not possible to manually enter sleep readings. If your tracker has only in-built steps syncing, we recommend one of the following to track your sleep:
- Sync sleep to your Second Nature account through either Google Fit or Apple Health.
- Record sleep using the Journal function in the application Toolbox.
* The activity tracker is no longer available as part of the Second Nature programme. For those who received an activity tracker in the past, this will continue to work as usual with your app.