Fitness tracker recommends walking for at least 40 minutes daily

In the first review of this type, researchers measured miles with a fitness tracker, pedometer, and smartwatch, which increased physical activity and encouraged users to walk up to 40 minutes per day, averaging 1 kg (1 kg). I found that I could get a weight of 2.2 pounds). Weight loss for 5 months.

The University of South Australia (UniSA) survey results are a systematic review of approximately 400 peer-reviewed studies involving 164,000 people worldwide using wearable activity trackers.

It emphasized the value of low-cost interventions against the prevalence of health conditions caused by inactive lifestyles such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and mental illness.

Principal Investigator and PhD Candidate Ty Ferguson said the overall results of the studies they reviewed show that wearable activity trackers are effective over the long term across all age groups. rice field.

“They encourage people to exercise regularly, make it part of their routine, and set goals for losing weight,” Ferguson said.

One kilogram weight loss may seem trivial, but UniSA professor and review co-author Carol Maher said that these are not weight loss studies, but lifestyle physical activity studies. Said that no dramatic weight loss was expected.

“The average person gains about 0.5 kilograms a year with weight creep, so it’s important to lose one kilogram in five months, especially given that two-thirds of Australians are overweight or obese.” Said Maher.

Among BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, waist circumference, and body weight, the tracker showed the most significant improvement in body weight and waist circumference-a reduction of up to 1.5 cm (0.6 inches).

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Fitness challenges move the whole family and have great health benefits. (Nullplus / Shutterstock)

Despite the popularity of wearable activity trackers, the scientific, medical, and general communities are skeptical about whether they can lead to obsessive-compulsive behavior and eating disorders.

US-based research from February 2022 report People who used physical activity trackers were associated with higher levels of dietary concerns and binging behavior.

Researchers have concluded that further research is needed to see if there are aspects of this technique that can be modified to reduce potential harm.

Tracking technique

Andrew McStay, senior lecturer at Bangor University, said wearable activity trackers are essentially tracking techniques.

“The promises that wearable technology provides are information about consumer and patient behavior, their health, and whether they stick to the prescribed treatment,” he said.

Once a company understands our personal health data, we have access to information that can influence the decisions we make. We also don’t yet know where that data will end up.

For those who want to lose weight and improve their health, there are other options such as sitting stand desks, walking meetings, and physical activity groups in the community, as in the era of the step tracker boom. It is important to move.