Study: Fitness bands not accurately tracking activity

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Iowa State University researchers have released a report showing the popular flexible bands worn to track calories and physical activity aren’t 100% accurate.

More people are forking over a hundred dollars or more for the popular “fitness bands”. The wrist band devices come packaged with promises of a healthy lifestyle and say they can track how many calories you burn when you sleep, workout, and sit. But the study finds none of the different bands on the market are 100 percent accurate. Greg Welk, an ISU Kinesiology Professor said, “most of these devices are released with very little information on validity consumers just buy them because the look interesting and they’re fun.”

Experts say you can get the same kind of self-monitoring benefits from a $25 pedometer.

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