• Aidan Craig

The fitbit, is it accurate and does it have a beneficial purpose on health?

Longitudinal interventions using step counters to measure activity has been a new way to help encourage people to hit their weekly exercise needs. Studies have shown that step counters are useful for surveillance and can help inactive individuals increase their steps up to the 2500 per day.

An article has shown that a person step rate measured with a pedometer correlates significantly with changes in health status and self-reported activity, and could be used as an outcome measure in Cystic Fybrosis.

Although some step counters have been shown to be not accurate.So what one is ?Fitbit is accurate proving its validity and we can rely on it to accurately count steps.

So what does this extra movement mean to us ?

10,000 steps has shown to have a positive influence on composition, blood pressure and serum lipid levels.

Every one can use a fitbit however they are considered an alternative recommendation on physical activity. This means they allow for certain individuals to undertake physical activity that may struggle with the normal exercise prescribed by a personal trainer or simply allow for a lower impact alternative.

The aim would be to achieve a total of 10,000 steps a day however the person can build on this gradually by ensuring they increase the steps as they go on.

I feel that it is an excellent tool by allowing a person to get into exercise and be more active. They give the motivation to achieve a goal and allow that person to progress on to other types of exercise whilst building confidence and boosting well-being.

Note:- The fitbit was highlighted only for research purposes and in no way was i paid to mention there brand or am i carrying out any kind of advertising. This information is given on a basis of understanding what is reliable and what is not.


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