Fitness trackers – do they increase activity?

Did you get a fitness tracker for Christmas?  Has it increased your level of activity? The jury appears to be out on the ability of the fitness tracker to motivate someone to exercise.

One study followed 470 people wanting to lose weight.  Half used a fitness tracker and the other half self-reported their activity.  After two years, both groups were equally active, but the group utilizing the devices lost less weight.  The researchers found that those using the fitness trackers would eat more because they had exercised more.

More long term research on the effectiveness of fitness devices is needed.  The research so far indicates the devices are most effective when the people using them are already dedicated to tracking their fitness.  Those who are not as motivated may not get the same results.  Researcher Eric Finkelstein stated, “Fitness trackers are equivalent to a bathroom scale.  They’re a measurement tool, not an intervention tool.  They tell you something but don’t give you a strategy for how to change it.”

So if you are one of those individuals that is motivated to exercise and like tech, you will more than likely benefit from the use of a fitness tracker.  Or maybe you have set fitness goals, and the fitness tracker helps you to measure those goals.  The bottom line – effectiveness of these devices appears to be dependent on the individual.  They are not a magic bullet and aren’t motivational for everyone.


One thought on “Fitness trackers – do they increase activity?”

  1. This is an awesome fitness band.
    I am using this kind of band, it looks like a watch and work also like a watch that
    I need not to take an extra watch in my wrist. I like to wear this all the time,
    cause now a days it has become a part of my daily life that make me active about my daily exercises.
    I love this band for its activities reminder that helps me to do my daily work in specific time.
    And I think everyone one should use this kind of tracker for their own advantage that can makes
    one conscious about their health and Fitness Tracker news which is necessary for everyone.

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