Fitness wearables: How fit is this tech?
Even as the wearables market continues to grow, studies and experts have questioned the effectiveness of the devices in actual weight loss or fitness.
By Isha Arora
In this influx of technology, you can’t really call yourself smart until you swipe your finger across the screen of a smartphone on almost every occasion, to all intents and purposes, from the time you open your eyes in the morning till the time you close them at night.
But, it doesn’t stop there. We are surrounded by gadgets literally everywhere, and a fitness tracker is a comparatively new entrant. These days people of all age groups are sporting all sorts of fitness devices. For most fitness enthusiasts, life is now revolving around monitoring our calorie burn, tracking the number of steps we take, the number of hours we sleep, and so on.
Even kids today don’t ask for sports watches — they want fitness bands to be cool and trendy. The craze has reached such a pitch that even gym facilities have started offering fitness bands as rewards for members to work out. In the US, these ubiquitous bands have picked their way to McDonald’s Happy Meals to encourage physical activity. US-headquartered research firm Gartner recently estimated that by 2020 there will be 500 million fitness wearables adorning consumers across the world.