Smartphones helping people move new study finds

These days there’s no shortage of devices that can track, measure & hold you somewhat accountable when it comes to keeping fit. Wearable devices like the Polar A360 which are designed to be worn 24/7 track everything from sleep to the number of steps you’ve taken and of course calories burnt. In lots of ways these sort of devices are almost like a monkey on your back ensuring that you keep moving & stay fit.

The good news is using a smartphone to assist with keeping fit has just been shown to decrease sedentary time and in turn increase activity, in a small pilot study conducted by the Journal of Medical Internet Research. With sedentary being linked to a whole host of diseases not least diabetes, this is interesting research.

My feeling is that anything that gets us moving more is a good thing, especially if your work involves hours sitting behind a desk.


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