Personal fitness trackers, such as Fitbits, are a growing trend. The handy wrist accessories provide instant information about your sleeping and exercise habits. The idea is that access to this information will help you achieve your fitness goals. However, these fitness trackers may not be as effective as they seem.
Fitness Trackers: What Do They Really Do?
In theory, fitness trackers should be very helpful in staying active and healthy. They remind you of goals and help you track your progress. Additionally, they can give you detailed reports on your sleep, monitor your heart rate, and calculate your body-mass index. Surprisingly, though, all of these features may not make much of a difference.
One recent study showed that participants using a fitness tracker actually lost less weight than participants not using a tracker.
One possible explanation for this is that fitness trackers lull people into a false sense of security. They see that they are engaging in lots of physical activity and feel like they can afford to eat more unhealthy foods — or even just more food in general. In a way, this “cancels out” the extra exercise.
Of course, fitness trackers still offer many benefits and useful functions. They can still have a positive effect on physical activity and healthy sleep habits. However, the effect is largely up to the wearer. Weight loss and increased activity does not happen because of a new gadget, it happens when we want it to! Leave a comment on this post and tell us how you motivate yourself to get active, with or without a fitness tracker.
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