Whether your goal is to improve your heart health, lower your stress levels, or get more exercise, your fitness tracker may help you achieve those objectives and more. By providing real-time feedback on ride intensity and duration, among other data points, wearables help cyclists train more efficiently. However, wearables also have the potential to save the lives of the elderly by monitoring their health.
Data from 13 adults over the age of 60 who wore activity trackers for four months was evaluated in a short study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. According to the study’s authors, seniors who used activity monitors reported feeling more secure, especially in regards to the risk of falling. Robert Pilchik, M.D., a cardiologist with Manhattan Cardiology, looks at the full spectrum of heart rate information provided by wearables, including heart rate and heart rate variability. Read the article.