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Fitness Trackers Gaining Popularity

September 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

86% of Americans sit all day at work and global studies show, on average, we sit 7.7 hours a day, and some studies estimate people sit up to 15 hours a day.  Wearable fitness technology in the workplace is becoming more and more popular in effort to help people live a more active lifestyle. We used to see pedometers in workplace walking challenges, but today the wearable fitness devices typically go beyond counting steps and have features that can monitor heart rate, stairs climbed and much more.

Many companies want to know if investing in these trackers are worth it as they can be quite costly.  Do fitness trackers really work in wellness programs?   Scientifically, there are flaws and none are 100% accurate, but that doesn’t matter because fitness trackers do work from a motivational stand point. It seems as if almost daily a new tracker or upgrade is available on the market because they work!  We all know what we should be doing, but we aren’t doing it. Fitness trackers work by keeping health and fitness at the front of the mind. It’s a constant reminder to encourage people to be more active throughout the work day.

If you are thinking about adding wearable fitness technology to your wellness program, there are a lot of choices out there. Time Magazine ranked some of the popular ones from best to worst:  http://time.com/516/26-fitness-trackers-ranked-from-worst-to-first/

We are only entering into the world of wearable technology. It will be interesting to look back a few years from now and see how far these devices have advanced.

 

Written by: Gina Starnes, Director of Total Wellness

Posted in Benefits

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