Wearable technology tops the list of fitness trends for 2017 according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Wearable technology includes activity trackers, smart watches, heart-rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. Lead author of the study, Walter R. Thompson, PhD, ACSM, stated, “The health data collected by wearable technology can be used to inform the user about their current fitness level and help them make healthier lifestyle choices.”
Studies done by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Iowa State University have examined the accuracy of activity trackers. In the ACE study, the Jawbone UP was the top performer, whereas the BodyMedia Core came out first in the Iowa State study. Researchers in both studies say that even more important than accuracy is the fact that people get up and actually move. They encourage consumers to do whatever it takes to be active—activity tracker included or not.