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Do Fitness Trackers Work?

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Fitness Trackers are the hottest new gadgets–keeping tabs on every movement you make in the hopes of helping you get fit. But do they really help you achieve this goal or are they just money down the drain? Laci takes a look:

Many people seem to love it:

What does Science say?

A new study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that several hip-mounted accelerometers underestimated the energy involved in standing up, bicycling and walking or jogging uphill, says Ray Browning, an assistant professor of exercise science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, who led the study.

Conclusion:

The lesson at the moment for anyone who owns an accelerometer is that the device’s measurements are likely to be imperfect — which, says Dr. Gaesser, does not mean you should stash yours in a drawer. “They may not be accurate” for counting calories, he says. “But for many people, they’re inspirational, and if using one gets someone to move more, then as far as I’m concerned, it’s serving a good purpose.” (source)

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