Posted: 5 October, 2016
Activity Trackers Doing STUFF ALL To Motivate Us
A new study suggests activity trackers and pedometres are doing absolutely nothing to improve your health.
Research published in medical journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found no evidence that such technology led to weight loss or improved blood pressure, even when financial incentives were offered.
These were the findings of a year-long study, participants wore activity trackers, like the fitbit, and were given cash incentives to increase their exercise, but no change was recorded in their step count and their amount of aerobic activity only increased by an average of just 16 minutes per week.
"While there was some progress early on, once the incentives were stopped, volunteers did worse than if the incentives had never been offered, and most stopped wearing the trackers," said lead author Professor Eric Finkelstein.
The most telling aspect of the results was that just 10 per cent of the participants were still wearing the trackers after 12 months.
Approximately 40 per cent had ditched the devices after six months.
According to a study from the University of Washington, many respondents reported feelings of relief after doing away with their activity trackers.