A Cleveland Clinic study has revealed that the Apple Watch is the best fitness tracking device that money can buy in the market today. The results of the study, which took into account the performances of multiple devices, including a chest strap, were published in JAMA Cardiology.
With the busy lifestyles people lead in today’s society, staying fit is more of a necessity than just a health priority. There’s nothing better than a friendly health tracking device to help you through your fitness regime, but with the numerous fitness devices available in the market, finding the most accurate one could be quite a challenge.
In a recent study, the health performance of 50 individuals was closely monitored with the use of various health tracking devices. Activities that were monitored included observing the heart rates while the 50 individuals rested, walked, and jogged on a treadmill. This research was done to single out the most accurate device.
The health tracking devices included the Fitbit Charge HR, Basis Peak, Mio Alpha, Apple Watch, and a chest strap. The readings of these devices were then compared to that of the electrocardiogram. Readings from the chest strap closely represented those from the electrocardiogram. And readings from the Apple Watch came in second with an accuracy of 90 percent. The rest of the devices held an accuracy of about 80 percent. This indicated that the Apple Watch Series 2 is the most accurate fitness tracking wrist device.
9 To 5 Mac reported a noted observation during the research activity. The observation was that as the intensity of the activity levels increased, the readings of all the wrist wearable devices fluctuated significantly. This was because of the obvious fact that wrist wearable devices rely on the individual’s blood flow to determine their reading.
Ubergizmo reported that this observation was noted by one of the study’s author, Dr. Gordon Blackburn. He stated that as the activity intensifies, body contact reduces due to the extra bounce and this interferes with the accuracy of the health readings.
Apple had not released any comments on the study. However, Fitbit released a statement to say that their wrist wearable health tracking device was not intended for medical purposes and hence the results from the study should not affect their clientele.
Of course, with the launch of the new Apple Watch Series 2, which has a lot more to offer as compared to other wrist wearable devices, Apple has only stepped up the game. These new devices not only accurately track health and physical performance, but also come with a built-in GPS tracker, alternative work-out options and better water resistance for activities such as swimming.
Live Science reported that the Apple Watch is a great and reliable health tracking device that helps an individual achieve his health goals with constant reminders, updates to motivate exercise and activity and passive tracking throughout the day.
On the Apple Watch, one can even download fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun+. These apps help you monitor your health and activity even better. So, while the market offers a myriad of health tracking devices to ones’ disposal, the Apple Watch Series 2 seems to be the undoubted champion of them all.
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By Stann Anto
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