Teens Discouraged from Exercising After Wearing Fitness Trackers

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A study found teens actually get discouraged from exercising after wearing a Fitbit.
British researchers conducted an eight-week long study to see whether the wristband would encourage kids to move more.  Teens had to wear the device for eight weeks and use the app. They also took part in surveys and focus groups before and after the trial period.
The team thought the wristbands would have a positive impact, but found after the initial excitement wore off, teens were less confident about their ability to exercise.
Fitbit was asked for a comment, but has not yet responded.
The study appears in the “American Journal of Health Education.”
By the way, Fitbit is planning to release a smartwatch.  The company’s CEO hopes to have it ready for the holidays.

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