No, tracking yoga with your Fitbit or Garmin isn’t completely useless

It’s easy to see how Fitbit, Garmin, Polar, and other fitness watches can be useful companions when tracking exercises like running or cycling. During repetitive endurance exercise, fitness trackers and smartwatches are able to monitor the pace and speed at which you move, combining it with your heart rate, oxygen levels, and the difficulty of your route to provide a great snapshot-by-numbers of how your workout went.

But yoga is a little more difficult. All the smartwatches listed above, and indeed any fitness watch worth its salt, tend to have yoga sports profiles available to them. But when you roll out your best yoga matyou’re not getting the same experience as a run, and it’s a lot more difficult to measure success than your fitness tracker (even the ones in our best fitness tracker list) might have you believe.