With so many new apps and fitness tracking devices, people have become increasingly dependent on these technologies for their fitness goals. Popular methods such as step apps, fit bits, and nutrition planners are marketed as effective means of helping people lose weight and meet their fitness goals. Some experts have come out now though suggesting that this may not be as true as it appears. While the over goal of promoting healthy life choices is being met, the specific promised results are not backed by sufficient research. Greg Hager is a professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University. Hager pointed out that the standard 10,000 steps a day suggestion is actually based on an outdated Japanese Study from 1960 that was actually only based on men. Such irrelevant data seems to back most of this industry.
The bottom line: “Remember, your tech works for you, not the other way around,” -Greg White