Fitness trackers, be they on your phone or strapped to your wrist, have become all the rage nowadays.
There are all kinds of different brands available, and you can get them for just about any phone that’s currently produced.
A lot of people use them to measure steps and track physical activity. People also use them for workouts, to track calories, to count steps, etc.
But as it turns out, according to a new study that was published recently, titled Effectiveness of physical activity monitors in adults: systematic review and meta-analysis, monitoring your exercise levels with such devices could actually lead to an increase in physical activity.
And as a result, this could produce positive health benefits for your overall fitness levels and levels of well-being in general.
Here’s What You Need To Know
According to a CNN post that was recently published on the topic, researchers looked at data from 121 randomized control trials and 141 study comparisons to find out if exercise monitors (such as those on phone apps, Fitbits, etc.) had any impact on daily exercise and physical activity.
And as it turns out, using fitness apps tends to increase everyday physical activity by an equivalent of about 1,235 steps per day. They also tend to increase moderate and vigorous physical activity by about 48.5 minutes per week.
The general consensus is that people who wear and use these devices just seem to be more active than people who don’t.
What Does This Mean For You?
If you’re looking to increase your physical activity and get moving again in this post-Covid lockdown world, then looking into some kind of wearable fitness tracker might be a great way to kickstart your fitness.
If you think about it, it makes sense.
Oftentimes, one of the struggles with fitness is that we don’t really see results in the short term.
And this can take a toll on our motivation levels.
But with a fitness tracker, you can literally see the results as they unfold—and this can seriously bolster your confidence and motivation to keep on exercising.
These devices also make it easier to challenge yourself to do better today than you did yesterday or last week. And that can be an awesome thing for people who want to be driven to work out and get into better shape.
Of course, we’re not sure how much of this has to do with why these study results came out the way they did—but we can only imagine that these details played some kind of role.
Staying fit and healthy is important—and maintaining an active lifestyle can do wonders to help you get, and stay, as fit as possible.
And as it turns out, using a fitness monitoring device—either on your wrist, on your phone, etc.—can really help with that.
So if you’ve been struggling to stay motivated to work out and stay active, consider using this ‘new science and technology’ to your advantage.