The activity tracker on your smartphone or wristband might be much more than a simple tracker for your steps; it may be in fact increasing them.
Tracking exercise enhanced activity across over 16,000 individuals in recent research.
According to the study, researchers examined data from 121 randomized control trials and 141 study comparisons to determine the influence exercise trackers – such as those available on phone applications and Fitbits – had on daily physical activity, moderate and intense exercise, and inactive time.
According to studies, utilizing fitness apps boosted daily exercise by around 1,235 steps per day and medium and strenuous physical exercise by 48.5 minutes per week. According to the research, the effect on sedentary activities was minimal.
The effectiveness of fitness trackers has been a well-researched topic since they first appeared on the market, but Larsen claims that this study is the most thorough to date.
And it comes at a time when many people are yearning to begin moving again in the midst of a pandemic that has produced circumstances that encourage an increased sedentary lifestyle.
“People who use activity monitors and wearables are more active than people that do not. These effects are highly relevant in terms of health and risk of diseases, especially among people who are only moderately active or do not meet current guidelines for physical activity,” explained researcher Rasmus Tolstrup Larsen.
Fitness trackers benefits
There are many benefits to using fitness trackers, and it all comes down to the basics: being healthy and in shape. Fitness trackers encourage people to walk more. They help motivate people to be healthy. They can also be used for specific exercises as well as a general overview of your daily activity.
Fitness trackers help you reach your goals by tracking your daily exercise, diet, and sleep. Most fitness trackers come with a built-in calorie counter to help you keep track of how many calories you’re eating in a day. In addition to counting calories, fitness trackers can help you count steps taken, miles walked, stairs climbed and even the amount of time you sleep each night. Many fitness trackers also have GPS capabilities, so they can measure your distance when you’re running outside.