New Year’s Fitness Resolutions Help
With the New Year approaching, we begin to ponder our New Year’s resolutions. I don’t have scientific data to back this up, but I’d be willing to bet that resolutions centered on fitness and losing weight are probably the most popular choices around the New Year. The role of technology is playing an increasingly important part of a fitness plan. A growing number of apps for smartphones, tablets, and computers focus on helping people get and stay in shape. In fact, shipments of mobile health devices will total nearly 30 million this year, a 37% increase from just a year ago, according to a new report from ABI Research.
Companies are putting greater numbers of mobile health and fitness devices out on the market, in part due to more smartphones and tablets equipped with wireless connectivity, which enables communications with a variety of sensors that monitor and track your fitness goals and routines.
A recent study published in the “Archives of Internal Medicine” investigated how effective these fitness apps are, when compared to the more traditional fitness routines (sans any technology aids). The results seemed to indicate that the mobile technology used for fitness and weight loss showed some positive signs. According to the study results, “…the group with mobile devices lost more weight than the standard group, and the researchers say the mobile group ‘had significantly greater odds of having lost 5% or more of their baseline weight at each post baseline time point.’” This is only one study, so conclusive evidence may be lacking, but it does show positive signs.
If you are interested in trying out some of these apps for your fitness routine, I found an article, “11 Gadgets And Apps That’ll Help You Lose Weight After The Holidays.” Check them out and let us know if they were helpful. Good luck!