A recent Stanford study concerning wearable wristband activity monitors found that while almost all of them are perfect in measuring heart rate accurately, they terribly lack accuracy when it comes to calculating calories burned in body. So, while fitness wearable trackers are continuing to add value to our fitness measures they are still not perfect in every regards. But barring a few aspects, wearable fitness bands really proved to be an invincible for modern fitness freaks. Let us explain here how wearable technology can help reducing weight and creating more value for the fitness minded individuals.
- Accelerometers Getting Better
Accelerometers are being used to study physical activities by researchers for years, long before they have been adopted by mobile devices. But earlier they used to collect only limited information. Now thanks to advanced technology they can grab a wide spectrum of physical information. With the help of microprocessors this data can be stored and processed further. Thanks to this enhanced capability you can keep tap on the physical activities and related information more accurately than ever before. From distinguishing different activities and measuring them accurately, in all respects accelerometers are continuing to add value for fitness tracking.
- Physical Activity Guidelines
With precision driven wearable fitness bands continuing to unleash their goodness for measuring activity and workouts, the guidelines for such activities is also on the verge of experiencing a bigger change. For instance, as per present day U.S. guidelines for physical activity an adult should at least have weekly 150 minutes of physical activity with an moderate level of intensity. The same measure translates to 75 minutes of activities with vigorous intensity. But this guideline lack any mention of light activities. Now with the new and enhanced measuring capabilities of accelerometers we can expect a renewed stress on light day to day activities as part of physical workout plan.
- Let’s Look At Some Apps
Finally, how these new breed of fitness bands coupled up with plethora of connected mobile apps are changing the way we conceive fitness, we can see by looking at few applications.
You can determine the accuracy of yoga postures and measure the pressure on your muscles with an app like Smartmat which accomplishes this by using pressure sensors. Gymwatch is a kind of band that by being attacked to the leg or forearm of the weightlifter and being in sync with the connected mobile app can guide you on all aspects of weightlifting.
Back is another fitness tracker with sensor to track your waist and back movement in relation to the doctor recommended exercises.
BSX Insight lactate threshold sensor can conduct blood-lactate test while you are running, cycling and engaging in other activities.
Dexcom is another wonder wearable tracker that can accurately calculate blood sugar levels by drawing interstitial fluid from the body by inserting an imperceptible needle. The blood sugar data can be viewed on the connected iPhone app.
Sensoria is a Fitness Sock that by using textile pressure sensors offers real-time data and insights about your cadence and landing while running.
Lechal running shoe comes with insoles that can count burnt out calories, steps, distance, elevation, etc. while running.