Where Did These Things Come From?
Let’s take a trip back to the 1980’s. This is the time when the first wearable fitness devices were put into use. Back then, however, the devices were primarily used by athletes to monitor their heart rate. Over the years these devices have become increasingly more advanced and accurate, showing a lot more data than just an individual’s heart rate.
Fast forward to today and these devices are used by millions. To give you an idea, the number of connected wearable devices worldwide is expected to jump from an estimated 325 million in 2016 to over 830 million in 2020.
Should I Get One?
My short answer is, yes! As A.I. improves, along with computing power, these devices will become more comprehensive and applicable, and are already a HUGE tool for me to follow what my clients are doing during the other 23 hours of the day that I don’t see them. These devices can track an individual’s steps, remind them if their movement is low hourly, track sleep, calories burned, and create small goals to improve overall well being. Most importantly, the information provided and collected helps clients and trainers alike in achieving set fitness goals for clients, which at the end of the day is what we want most of all.
There Are So Many, Where Do I Start?
Personally, I am a fan of the Fitbit brand fitness trackers. I currently use the Fitbit to track my own steps, calorie burn and heart rate. However, and as always, I like to review studies and trials rather than just going off of personal opinion or a whim.
That said, here is a study from the national center for biotechnology information – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4877805/.