Wearable Fitness Technology
A new wave of wearable fitness activity trackers have become all-in-one devices that can connect to the Internet or your smartphone for long-term tracking of fitness data and data sharing with your fitness friends.
Traditional features of wearable fitness devices include:
- Step counter
- Heart rate monitor
- Calories burned and calories consumed
- Exercise tracker
- Sleep monitor
- Fitness and health goals with achievement notifications
Gartner Inc., the world’s leading research and advisory company, forecasted that worldwide shipments of wearable devices would reach 225 million in 2019. End-user spending on wearable devices is forecast to reach $42 billion.
In 2019, Fitbit, Garmin, Xiaomi, Misfit and Polar are the leaders in wearable fitness trackers, according to Best Fitness Tracker Guide by James Stables in Wareable News. Features vary. Some devices are waterproof. Others have heart rate monitors. Bigger screen displays are available. A pulse oxygen sensor is an option on some. The cost for these devices ranges from $100 to $500.
The development of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes is largely associated with modifiable lifestyle behaviors. The World Health Organization identifies the three risk factors for chronic disease: unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use. People want to minimize risk for disease with viable strategies to manage their health and keep healthcare costs down by eating healthy and exercising regularly. By tracking steps, heart rate, sleep patterns, and calorie burn, electronic devices help to manage your health status.
Fitness trackers create a competitive environment, whether competing with yourself or others to reach goals, such as number of steps and weight loss, with built-in reminders of daily achievements. You can share your achievements by posting stats, goals met, miles ran, etc. to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
If you and your friends, family or coworkers use wearable fitness activity trackers, you are creating a virtual health community, competing and encouraging each other toward a healthier lifestyle. If you suffer from a chronic musculoskeletal disease or injury, DOC surgeons, PAs and PTs, a team or sports medicine experts, are ready to help you on your path to wellness.