We all want to be fit and healthy but all too often life gets in the way. But wearable technology could change this by reminding, motivating and rewarding you for accomplishing your goals.
JAMA published some very interesting facts about ‘Using pedometers to increase physical activity and improve health’. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 26 studies to establish the benefits of using a fitness tracking device. A total of 2767 people participated in 8 random control trials and 18 observational trials. Both men and women with a mean age of 49 were involved in the trials, over a mean period of 18 weeks.
The data revealed that those involved in the random trials took between 1098 and 3885 steps a day and those involved in the observational studies increased their steps per day by an average of 2183 steps. Motivation was found to play a key role in achieving steps, as those who set goals took the most steps per day.
By using activity trackers participants increased their activity by 26.9% and decreased their BMI (body mass index) by an average 0.38. Furthermore, systolic blood pressure levels dropped by 3.8 mmHg on average.
Numerous studies have proved that using health and fitness technology can greatly improve health by:
Decreasing the following:
– Coronary heart disease
– Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Increasing the following:
– Insulin sensitivity – Activity levels – Fitness – Mood
An activity tracker may be exactly what Britain needs, since a whopping 80% of people aged 16 and over do not achieve the recommended 150 minutes (2 hours 30) of exercise a week, in fact 8% can’t even manage 5 minutes of continuous movement.
We are creatures of habit, but more often than not our habits are negative. Cue wearable tech, it is often worn/used continually so becomes an extension of you; a positive habit that encourages positive behaviour.
For those of you who have found scrolling down the page a real effort, we suggest an activity device a.s.a.p.
When you visit your GP they only get a snap shot of your lifestyle, but technology that constantly monitors almost every aspect of your health; food intake, active hours, calories burnt, sleep quality, heart rate, insulin levels, stress levels…the list goes on, ensures your GP receives a far more realistic picture of your health. Furthermore, you don’t even have to wait until an appointment, you can send any concerning data directly to your GP.