Fitness trackers – yea or nay?

Sales of wearables that track physical activity are soaring.1 And it looks like ConnectiCare members are part of this wave. More than two-thirds of ConnectiCare members we surveyed have used, or are now using a smartwatch, Fitbit or other device. 2 The most popular reasons for wearing a device? To track step count, distance traveled and active minutes. Half of members surveyed are tracking their heart rate and sleep, too.

Here’s what else our members told us:

 

My fitness tracker…

 

‘But, I don’t own a tracker’

Don’t sweat it! While many of us are hooked (maybe even addicted) to technology, a good old-fashioned workout always counts. Even without a device.

How much exercise is enough?3

  • 150 minutes/week – the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity adults 18-64 should get.
  • 2 days/week – of muscle-strengthening exercises, like lifting weights, yoga or exercising with resistance bands.
  • Even simple exercise, like walking, can have big benefits. Combine exercise with eating healthy and you’re well on your way to a healthier lifestyle!4

Sources: 1 Forbes; 2 Health and Fitness survey conducted among 183 ConnectiCare Advisory Council Members in February and March 2018; 3 U.S. Department for Health and Human Services; 4 If you’re new to exercising (or haven’t worked out in a while), it’s a good idea to ask your doctor about the type and amount of physical activity that’s right for you.