GOOD NEWS FOR ANYONE THAT HAS a fitness band but got bored of disappointing it, the number of steps that they measure and their general existence apparently has no positive impact on your health anyway.
We have been in this position before, and we know that fitness band companies disagree when science finds that their collections of plastic and technology are not the life-saving fitness partners that you have been looking for.
This time round we have a chap called Dr Greg Hager from Johns Hopkins University in the US, who reckons that the bands are bollocks.
He told attendants at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston that step counting applications that give everyone on earth a 10,000 steps a day goal could be giving bad advice, and could do more harm than good.
We read about this on the Independent. "Some of you might wear Fitbits or something equivalent, and I bet every now and then it gives you that cool little message 'you did 10,000 steps today'. But why is 10,000 steps important? What's big about 10,000?," he said.
"Turns out in 1960 in Japan they figured out that the average Japanese man, when he walked 10,000 steps a day burned something like 3,000 calories and that is what they thought the average person should consume so they picked 10,000 steps as a number."
He had us with the fact that this is based on a dude who had a walk over 50 years ago but carried on anyway, causing us to consider finding where our fitness band is hiding just so that we can throw it away.
"But is that the right number for any of you in this room? Who knows? It's just a number that's now built into the apps. I think apps could definitely be doing more harm than good. I am sure that these apps are causing problems.
"Without any scientific evidence base, how do you know that any of these apps are good for you? They may even be harmful. The 10,000 steps example typifies the problem in many ways. We all know that probably the more you exercise, the better it is for you. But if you are elderly or infirm then this is not going to be good for you."
For sure, that should be obvious. If you can barely walk for example, then walking 10,000 steps would be a gruelling process that you might live to regret. If you are recovering from a knee operation it could be an unachievable goal, and if you've just got into a boxset of a TV show it might be wholly unrealistic.
Anyway. We keenly wait for the fitness band companies to come running, or fast-stepping with their claims about fitness benefits. We'll be here, eating our Cheetos. µ
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