Experts Weigh in on fitness trackers


IF YOU’RE ONE OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO BOUGHT ONE OF THOSE WEARABLE FITNESS TRACKERS, YOU MIGHT NOT BE GETTING FIT AS FAST AS YOU’D HOPE. BRANDON SCOTT HAS THE SURPRISING RESULTS OF A TWO-YEAR STUDY. BECKY O’HANLON, USES A FITNESS TRACKER: IT’S A CONSTANT REMINDER. IT’S ALWAYS ON MY WRIST. I EVEN SLEEP IN IT. BECKY O’HANLON IS TALKING ABOUT HER FITBIT — THIS TINY, HIGH- TECH WRIST BAND THAT MONITORS HER PHYSICAL ACTIVITIY. NATS – KIDS READING O’HANLON TEACHES READING AT BELLEVUE’S AVERY ELEMENTARY. SHE USES HER FITBIT TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL OF HER EXERCISE INCLUDING WALKING… QUICK NATS – WALKING WITH KIDS SHE AIMS FOR TEN THOUSAND STEPS EVERY DAY. BECKY O’HANLON, USES A FITBIT: THE GOALS I HAD WERE JUST TO BE HEALTHIER AND STRONGER. SO I WEAR IT WHEN I GO TO THE GYM, TO LIFT WEIGHTS, WHEN I WORK OUT ON THE ELLIPTICAL OR THE TREADMILL. THE POPULARITY OF FITBITS AND OTHER WEARABLE FITNESS TRACKERS HAS EXPLODED… BUT FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO LOSE WEIGHT, THIS TECHNOLOGY DOESN’T GUARANTEE SUCCESS. STANDUP – BRANDON SCOTT: A NEW STUDY FROM THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FOUND PEOPLE WHO WORE FITNESS TRACKERS ACTUALLY LOST LESS WEIGHT THAN PEOPLE WHO MANUALLY KEPT TRACK OF THEIR EXERCISE AND DIET. BRENT PYLE, PRAIRIE LIFE FITNESS: IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE IT’S BECOMING A TREND — AN ACCESSORY TO PEOPLE WANTING TO WEAR IT. BRENT PYLE IS A CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER AT PRAIRIE LIFE FITNESS. HE’S NOTICED MORE PEOPLE ARE HEDGING THEIR WEIGHTLOSS BETS ON FITNESS TRACKERS. BRENT PYLE, PRAIRIE LIFE FITNESS: YOU CAN’T JUST HIT TEN THOUSAND STEPS AND BE DONE FOR THE DAY. THERE’S MORE TO IT. THE BIGGEST PART IS NOT JUST THE WORKING OUT BUT THE NUTRITION, THE DIETING. QUICK NATS – BECKY TEACHING BECKY O’HANLON DIDN’T EXPECT HER FITBIT TO BE A SILVER BULLET FOR WEIGHTLOSS. BUT SHE DOES THINK IT HELPS KEEP HER FOCUSED. BECKY O’HANLON: I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I WAS EXERCISING MORE AND WORKING ON MY WELLNESS. I FEEL LIKE I’M MOVING FASTER AND BETTER NOW. REPORTING WITH PHOTOGRAPHER RYAN MILLSAP, I’M BRANDON SCOTT, WOWT 6 NEWS. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THEORIES AS TO “WHY” PEOPLE WITH FITNESS TRACKERS DIDN’T LOSE AS MUCH WEIGHT AS THOSE WHO SELF-REPORTED THEIR DIET AND EXERCISE. ONE PEOPLE WHO HIT THEIR STEP COUNT MAY EAT MORE BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE THEY DESERVED IT. IT’S ALSO POSSIBLE THAT WHEN PEOPLE DON’T HIT THEIR GOALS ON THEIR DEVICE — THEY ARE DISCOURAGED AND MAKE THEM LESS SUCCESSFUL.

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