It seems that technology has well and truly become a part of many of our fitness routines. With FitBits and Apple Watches now seen on about every second person out for a run, we thought we’d look into how effective these mod cons are.
As you probably know, at Chef Good we rely on well-researched science when it comes to healthy living and weight loss. We know that changing your diet and choosing Chef Good’s healthy options will result in better health. But can the same be said about wearable technology? Do they really make us fitter, healthier humans?
The rise in wearable technology
In the US one in six people already wears a piece of wearable technology, that’s 15% of the population. We’d suggest that Australia probably isn’t too far behind this figure.
CCS Insight looks to the future of wearable tech, they have reported that 411 million smart wearable devices, worth a staggering US$34 billion, will be sold in 2020. Whoa!
So, it doesn’t look that the rise in wearable tech is going to slow down anytime soon, but why are we wearing these devices?
What does your Fitbit tell you?
Wearable tech like Fitbits and Apples Watches track and monitor things such as fitness levels, sleep patterns, heart rate, steps taken, calorie intake and other biological functions.
They can help us to monitor key areas which can tell us a lot about our physical health. There is a wealth of data available to you and many an app to download to help you make sense of it.
With all this data literally at our fingertips, are we getting healthier for it?
The bottom line on wearable fitness tech
A recent study asked the question: But do these interventions make people healthier?
The answer? “Current empirical evidence is not supportive.”
It seems that little subjective research has been done into wearables and what research has been done is not showing positive results. In fact, the study cites that recent surveys showed 32% of users stop wearing these devices after six months and 50% after one year – not ideal for long term lifestyle change right?
The study also points out that most people who purchase wearable fitness technology already lead healthy lifestyles and are simply looking for a way to quantify their results. In other words, wearable technology is not being purchased or worn by those of us that need it most.
We want to hear from you!
Do you LOVE your Apple Watch? Or swear by your Fitbit? Or maybe you’re not a fan of wearable fitness technology?