Why Health Gurus Can not Say No to Fitness Wearables
Aug. 14, 2015
To say that wearable technology has exploded in popularity in the last few years is something of an understatement. For the uninitiated, wearable devices are exactly that - electronic components that you wear â such as a "smart watch" or a pair of "smart glasses." According to Statista.com, 40% of customers in the United States alone are currently interested in buying a smart watch. The same website reports that by as soon as 2018, the entire wearables market in the world will be worth just over 12.5 billion dollars. Whoâs wearing these devices?Â Everyone.Â We see our Concorde students wear them in the hallways, constantly one-upping each other trying to get to 10,000 daily steps. Health professionals of every stripe in every setting seem to be similarly hooked, praising their design simplicity and ease of use. Letâs take a closer look at what these devices can contribute to your health.
WEARABLE DEVICES ARE MEANT TO MOTIVATEThough many wearable devices place a heavy emphasis on improving your health, the simple act of buying a wearable device will not yield any benefits on its own. You can't expect to spend hundreds of dollars on an Apple Watch and just expect to lose 50 pounds. The true benefit of wearable devices with regards to your health is one of empowerment. It puts the information that you need to make smarter choices and improve your lifestyle within reach in an easy-to-understand, graphic presentation.
WHAT WEARABLE DEVICES MEASUREIn general, many wearable devices often track activities like:
- The total number of steps that you take in a day (and use the same information to compute how many miles you walk during the same period of time)
- The total number of flights of stairs that you climb
- The total amount of time that you spend sitting versus standing
- Some wearable devices, like the Apple Watch, allow you to manually input how many calories that you've consumed during a day for tracking purposes