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Health Fusion: Smartwatches help you move a little more, study finds – Duluth News Tribune

ROCHESTER – Many people use fitness trackers, apps and wearables to help boost activity levels. Technology encourages you to take more steps each day or perform a certain amount of exercise. But do they work? Studies have been mixed.

New Danish research published in the British Medical Journal shows that the devices work, but the effects are small to moderate, amounting to 1,235 extra steps per day and about 50 extra minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week. And that devices that give feedback seem to be more efficient than those that don’t.

The researchers say their findings suggest the devices could be beneficial for adults who don’t meet recommended amounts of physical activity.

They also suggest ideas for future research, including how physical activity monitors can be used in combination with other behavior change strategies or how they might affect how long you spend being sedentary.

The American Heart Association website notes that only one in five adults get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. Or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. And, according to the organization, inactivity and excessive sitting are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon and lung cancer, and premature death. Moving more will help reduce these risks.

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