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Wearable technology impacting workouts

Over the past few years, wearable technology has become more popular.
Over the past few years, wearable technology has become more popular.
HOWARD - Wearable technology is giving fitness enthusiast a new way to track their progress.If she’s not on the stair climber, Sarah Summerfield spends a majority of her day taking as many steps as possible.For the past five months, she’s been using a fitness tracker, called Fitbit, to help her stay motivated.“I like it a lot. It really keeps me on track for how many steps. I have it set now for 12,000 steps a day,” said Sarah Summerfield.To help reach her stepping goal, Summerfield uses the Fitbit phone app. She also completes challenges and competes with friends.“So you push this, and it tells you how many steps I’ve walked today. It does calorie burns too. But here’s my friend and Annie just pulled ahead of me,” Summerfield said.So what do these things actually do? Think of it as your personal calorie counter, heart rate monitor, and it even tracks your sleeping patterns.A 2013 Pew Research Center study found 60 percent of U.S. adults say they track their weight, diet, or exercise routine.Twenty-one percent say they use some form of technology to track their health data.Personal trainers like Kim Elsing have seen an increase in wearable technology over the years.“One of the huge proponents of using a device like this would just be that it makes you mindful. It just gives you a goal to shoot toward every day so you know that everyday matters, when it comes to your health,” said Kim Elsing.The wristbands have also made it easier for trainers to connect with their clients even when they’re outside of the gym.“I can cheer them on. I can challenge them. I can watch what they’re doing, maybe watch what they’re eating," Elsing said.But not everyone enjoys the constant wristband workout reminders.“I start work at 4:30 in the morning and I work, basically, a sedentary job most of my shift and the little red bars that light up, basically are telling you how inactive you are,” said Katy Schroeder.Whether you use technology to keep you on track or you just stick to your daily routine, trainers say it’s important to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis.
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