5 Ways To Manipulate A Fitbit Challenge

At Therachat, we enjoy some friendly competition, and we definitely like participating in app/wearable challenges when it involves performing better on health-related aspects,  like getting more steps.

Activity tracker- and health app-based challenges are great ways to improve your health and get moving.

One of the devices we have used to challenge each other as co-worker is Fitbit. With a Fitbit challenge, you challenge a friend or a group of people wearing Fitbit devices, and Fitbit challenges can mean any of the following:

  • Daily Showdown: Who can get the most steps today?
  • Weekend Warrior: Who can get the most steps over the weekend?
  • Workweek Hustle: Who can get the most steps Monday through Friday?
  • Goal Day: How many participants can reach their daily step goal?

We try to play fair, but we like to have some fun, too. During our fifth Fitbit challenge, we thought it would be entertaining to try hacking a Fitbit challenge. Ok, yeah…that means cheating a little. Or a lot. But hey, who doesn’t love a good hack now and then? We found some good Fitbit challenge hacks to get more steps than you’re actually making.

We’re not to blame for any consequences, but here goes..

Here are 4 original ways to manipulate Fitbit challenges:

1. Manipulate the settings

If you wear your Fitbit on your dominant hand, there is a setting in the app on your Fitbit app to specify that. Since you move your dominant hand more,  those movements could be incorrectly considered as steps by your Fitbit device.


Now here is the trick: If you wear your device on your dominant hand, but specify in the app you wear it on your non-dominant hand, you can add more steps than you’re actually making.

2. Put your Fitbit around your leg while biking

There aren’t any biking challenges, but stay with us for a moment! That’s the trick: When you strap your Fitbit to your leg (I tried it on bare skin), pushing pedals will be considered as steps.  It’s time to get your bike out!

3. Go rollerblading

When you rollerblade and you wear your Fitbit on your wrist, your movements are considered steps, so with a few miles of rollerblading, you can easily skyrocket your step count.

4. Tap your foot while sitting down

Did you know you don’t necessarily have to move to have that step counter go up like crazy?
All you need is some good music and dance moves while you’re sitting down at your desk.

When you strap your Fitbit around your leg and tap your foot, each tap will be counted as a step.

You can also stand up and just dance. With every dance move you make, you’ll add steps to the count.

5. Strap it around a dog (or cat)

Have a pet? Manipulate a Fitbit challenge by strapping your device around its collar. Lean back, watch your pet do its thing while you will win the Fitbit challenge without having to do much effort for it.


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