Before you plunk down a lot of money on a wearable fitness device that has all the bells and whistles, keep in mind, it may not be the device itself that motivates you to exercise more.
That’s according to a study by Atlantic Health System in Morristown. Dr. Damion Martins, medical director of sports medicine and sports physical therapy at Atlantic Sports Health as well as team physician for the New York Jets, led the 14-week study.
He said the wearable technology in these fitness apps that track activity is what people are really fascinated with, not the devices it themselves. Studies have shown that in general, these fitness trackers can underestimate the heart rate and overestimate the number of calories burned.
But Martins said he believes it doesn’t even matter, because if people are exercising more because they’re just wearing these devices, then the goal is still accomplished.