The wearable tech industry is booming. It seems new activity trackers are hitting the market every day. On this Fit Friday, Pamela Hernandez of Thrive Personal Fitness listed some of her favorites. Here's what she says:
The more we learn about the human body, the more apparent it is that the key to good health and longevity is to keep moving naturally all day.
Going to the gym for a 30-minute workout in the morning is great but it's not a pass to sit at your desk all day. A 13-year American Cancer Society study showed women who reported more than six hours per day of sitting were 37 percent more likely to die during the time period studied than those who sat fewer than three hours a day. Men who sat more than six hours a day were 18 percent more likely to die than those who sat fewer than three hours per day.
The association remained virtually unchanged after adjusting for physical activity level. That means we have to keep moving through out the entire to stay healthy.
An activity tracker can be a great tool to help us be aware of much we are or aren't moving during the day. Activity trackers can give you data on how many steps you take each day, how many calories you burn and even how you sleep.
Many are on the market. Here are three of the most common.
FitBit One: FitBit offers many models but the FitBit One seems to be the most popular. It clips to your pants or pocket just like a pedometer. It flashes reminders to get moving if you've been sitting too long plus it connects with many other popular fitness tools like MyFitnessPal.
Nike FuelBand: The FuelBand is worn on the wrist, making it a great alternative for those who fear losing a clip-on tracker. It's got a stylish look and feel with a bright and easy to read display. It pairs well with Nike apps like Nike + and syncs automatically with its companion FuelBand app. Keep in mind, however, Nike recently announced it is scaling back its support of the FuelBand. While it's still for sale, no one knows for how long.
Garmin VivoFit: The newest entry into the activity tracker game, the VivoFit is also worn on the wrist. It counts steps and shows calorie burn plus it can pair with a heart rate strap to help you keep tabs on your workout intensity. The biggest plus in my opinion is there is no need to charge it. Most activity trackers need to be charged weekly. With a watch battery the VivoFit should last for one year.
While no activity tracker is 100 percent accurate, they all create awareness and incentive to get moving!
Still want more information? Check out these reviews from the NY Times.