From the article Keep track of yourself at http://healthcarediy.com/health-and-technology/keep-track-of-yourself/
Most Americans track some aspect of their health, such as weight, blood pressure, food eating (calories, nutrition), steps and exercise. While most people who self-track still do so in their heads, more of us are doing so via digital means, through mobile phone apps and electronic gadgets. These are not your Grandpa’s Pedometers, but a new digital device that’s wireless and keeps track of your activity along with sending that data, through the internet cloud, to a database which you can access through your mobile app or your computer.
Self-health tracking is growing
Self-tracking for health via electronic means is growing fast: over one-third of U.S. consumers planned to buy a new fitness technology in 2013 – especially women. We buy these at mass merchants (like Target and Walmart), sporting goods retailers, online on Amazon and at electronics stores like Best Buy, which has had a long-time interest in digital health devices. The store’s Best Buy Mobile blog often features posts about digital health topics; here’s one on the Fitbit Ultra device.
Here’s a snapshot of Americans’ use of fitness technologies:
- One-half of U.S. consumers online used a fitness technology in 2012
- Most people intending to buy a new piece of fitness technology in 2013 believed they were in excellent or good health, together 90% of people planning to buy devices
- 4 in 5 people using fitness technologies are highly satisfied with these devices, leading people to consider acquiring more such devices.
- The most important product features for fitness tech’s are functionality (88%), quality (87%), ease of use (87%), durability (87%), and price (86%)