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Fitness Trackers Proving Less Effective Over Time

Activity trackers like Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike Plus Fuelband are rapidly increasing in popularity. Fitbit alone has 19 million users. However, fitness trackers may not be as effective as you think.

KU student Gabby Cinnamon said she bought a fitness tracker to monitor how active she was during the day. Cinnamon said she bought the tracker in hopes to lose a couple of pounds, but sometimes finds herself getting lazy.

“The beginning of the year is crazy and I don’t have as much time to work out as say I did in the summer,” Cinnamon said. “So I can be like ‘you walked 10,000 steps today so you don’t really need to worry about working out or going on a run or whatever.’”

A recent study at the University of Pittsburgh said fitness devices seem to engage people for about three months until they get bored. The study also said effectiveness of the tracker depends on how motivated the user is.

According to data from Fitbit, out of their 19 million registered users, only 9.5 million are shown as active.