Why Wearable Fitness May Be Bad For You

BN-MR546_Wearab_G_2016021910593910 Reasons why wearing one of those fitness bands that count steps may be bad for you.

  1. They make you believe walking 10,000 steps is an effective activity and make you forgo or skip regular exercise that elevate your heart rate.
  2. It takes time to obsessively track the number of steps you take making you miss the day to day moments or simply enjoying the walk.
  3. They mislead you in calories burned and make you eat more than you would have otherwise – well I walked 15,000 steps today, I earned this cupcake (which happens to take 42 minutes of intense cycling to burn off)
  4. They make you believe you are making progress on your health and fitness goals while there is no improvement in either.
  5. They measure the wrong thing – not all 10,000 steps are the same.
  6. They do not take into account the fact that the effect of your activities are cumulative and instead treat every day as a new start.
  7. They make you do wasted effort just so you can hit the mystical 10,000 step goal.
  8. They make you do wasted effort just so you can hit the mystical 10,000 step goal.
  9. They make you do wasted effort just so you can hit the mystical 10,000 step goal.
  10. They make you do wasted effort just so you can hit the mystical 10,000 step goal.