We all have that one friend that will break out into what seems like an Irish step dance if their Fitness Tracker alerted them of being behind on their steps. Or the friend who will out-dance, out-treadmill, out-anything you do in order to get more calories burned on their tracker. So what’s the deal? It seems like everyone has one, and some come with a hefty price tag… but are they worth it?
Fitness tracking bands have become the must-have accessory for fitness fanatics and non-fitness fanatics alike. Nowadays Fitness Trackers not only count your steps, monitor your heart and measure your quality of sleep, but they also remind you to move when you’ve been inactive. They also come in sleek fashionable designs so you can wear them beyond the gym and into a night out, perhaps in case you want to count how many steps were completed dancing to “Despacito” with your girlfriends.
Sounds amazing, but our expert friends at the University of Miami Health System share that science indicates these results may not be as accurate as you think.
Researchers tested several of the most popular models, with participants taking part in 13 different activities, including running and playing basketball. They said the results showed the bands were at best ‘reasonably accurate,’ but that most were more than 10 percent out when estimating calories burned.
So do Fitness Trackers help you lose weight? The answer is, it depends. Check out UHealth’s blog post to read what the experts have to say about the benefits of tracking – according research. If you are already fit, fitness trackers are a great way to measure your heart rate and keep track of your workouts. Will it make you lose weight? Well, thats up to you. Your diet and exercise program is what will help you lose weight, but if having a tracker on your wrist will get you motivated then yes they’re worth it!
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