As the fitness industry continues to grow at a rapid rate, new niches and specialist areas of fitness are becoming available to make fitness more appealing, accessible, stress-free and enjoyable. As these new fitness revolutions come around, there are things that are pushing and pulling people away from fitness, and new research has shown that fitness technology and wearables have the potential to motivate people to stay fit.
In 2019, fitness technology is the number one fitness trend among professionals and fitness lovers, and it is no wonder why, with new watches, apps and other tech making it easier for people to track their progress and make the most of their training. New research carried out by Atlantic Sports Health looked at the effects of wearable fitness technology on people keeping fit; allowing researchers to see the true benefit of wearable fitness tech on motivating clients and fighting inactivity.
The researchers found that those who used wearable fitness technology and the information that was available averaged more activity a day than those who did not use the information or didn’t have the technology to hand.
The leader of the study and Medical Director of Sports Medicine and Sports Physical Therapy at Atlantic Health Systems, Damion Martins (MD) said; “Information is a powerful motivator. Wearable trackers can be instrumental to one’s journey into fitness, but it’s truly the information that they convey about a person’s progress that helps keep them on track in a rewarding direction.”
To come to a reliable conclusion, the researchers looked at 60 healthy participants, both male and female between the ages of 25 and 55; all with office jobs. Researchers split the 60 participants into 3 groups:
Group A: This group were given wearable tech with accessibility to the information given by the device (After 30 days, access to this information was taken away)
Group B: This group were given wearable tech, but weren’t given access to the data it had (After 30 days, this group were given access to the data available)
Group C: This group knew what the technology could do, but didn’t have access to the information it gave for the whole duration of the study.
When analysing the results, the researchers found that having access to the information available from wearable technology has a huge impact on the level of activity among participants. They said that the results were most clear among Group A, who showed to have the highest level of activity throughout the whole study. This was again backed when Group A stopped having access to this information, as they saw a dramatic fall in activity levels; proving that being able to see your performance can have a huge impact on your level of activity.
Dr Martins went on to say; “I like the concept of wearables because it can boost a patient’s engagement and activity levels, and it can help prevent costly chronic care episodes.” Overall, wearable technology doesn’t just motivate people to stay fit, but as a result, it helps to reduce the number of health and fitness problems that the public and health professionals face.
It is not just health experts that are favourable of wearables for fitness, as Personal Trainers are also urging their clients to get involved with wearable technology or even just apps to help manage their training and progression. As more Personal Trainers go beyond the norms to help their clients and build their fitness business, they are getting involved with clients in new ways, such as by sending training plans and keeping up to date with their progression between training sessions, and wearable technology is a great way to do this.
Overall, the impact that wearable tech can have is huge. It has the potential to motivate people to stay fit, which is something that even fitness professionals struggle to do. With wearable tech growing, experts are hoping to see that it’s involvement within fitness will continue to grow; allowing people to take their fitness further.