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How useful are wearable fitness trackers?

How useful are wearable fitness trackers?
Posted on March 23, 2016
Archive : March 2016
Category : News
There is no mistaking that wearable technology is here to stay, and it's thought it will gain popularity and be worth $50 billion by 2018. But just how useful are the health and fitness wearables in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. An article this week from the New York Times discusses the advantages and disadvantages of society using these small devices that track our every move - literally.

The advantages are many. These devices, which are normally in the form of a bracelet or clip that stays close to the body and can be incorporated into a watch, track the steps your doing, your heart rate, your sleep cycles and many other fitness goals. Their main attraction is for motivation - a study done earlier this year suggested that participants increased their daily steps by 970 after using a fitness tracker for 6 weeks. Other advantages include being able to record data and share or even send to a healthcare provider, in order to gain insight into a patient's health, as well as helping us lose weight and keep active in our own time.

There is, however, a lot of debate over not only the usefulness of these devices, but also the morals surrounding them. Is it a healthy world when everyone is obssessed with tracking everything about themselves. Sometimes, it is thought, less information is better, as knowing too much could lead to paranoia and 'fitness mania.' Some people and institutions also question the accuracy of this reasonable young technology, asking whether it is better to wait until the technology is more sound in it's measuring of data.

The debate, as with any new technology or product, will continue, but you can see the whole NYT article here, it's an interesting read.
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