- Apr 19, 2018
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How activity trackers can help you stay Healthier
The need for Activity Trackers have grown over the years as the integration of fitness activities and health monitoring sensors have helped users to stay in better health conditions while using the device. The device helps to draw the attention of the user to daily routine exercises and diets that can help them stay healthier. There are different types of fitness trackers which is recommended for bot athletes and everyone that wants to keep fit.
The activity tracker, also known as a fitness tracker, is a device or application for monitoring and tracking fitness-related metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, and in some cases heartbeat and quality of sleep. It is a type of wearable computer.
The term is now primarily used for smartwatches that are synced, in many cases wirelessly, to a computer or smartphone for long-term data tracking. There are also independent mobile and Facebook apps. Some evidence has found that the use of these type of devices results in less weight loss rather than more.
In those who are overweight or obese some evidence has found that the use of these type of devices results in less weight loss rather than more after 18 months of use. However, it has been noted that the activity tracker used in this study is a now discontinued tracker that is worn on the upper arm which might be uncomfortable, and wear times of the tracker were low.
Another study comparing 8-week interventions and four month follow-up of physical activity monitors, a guided weight loss program, and both together found that activity monitoring and the weight loss program were associated with similar improvements and both combined together were associated with more improvements than either alone. It is unclear if these devices affect the amount of physical activity children engage in.
According to Wikipedia, Wearable sensors have been widely used in medical sciences, sports and security. Wearable sensors can detect abnormal and unforeseen situations, and monitor physiological parameters and symptoms through these trackers. This technology has transformed healthcare by allowing continuous monitoring of patients without hospitalization. Medical monitoring of patients’ body temperature, heart rate, brain activity, muscle motion and other critical data can be delivered through these trackers. Moreover, in sports training there is an increasing demand for wearable sensors. For example, measurement of sweat rate was possible only in laboratory based systems a few years ago, but is now possible using wearable sensors.