New study: Tracking alone won’t cut it

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The most popular trend in health these days is definitely compiling data on our own activities. Calories, steps, hours of sleep, hours sitting, average heart rate, etc. The modern question for many seems almost to be, “How many things do you need to count before you’re healthy?” As with other trends, it can be more of a mechanism for people to feel better about their health without actually getting healthy. Recent research continues to show that it takes more than tracking by itself to get healthy.

More than technology

This isn’t to put down the idea of step trackers and other types of data collecting for the purposes of health. Instead, it’s more pointing out that data on its own isn’t enough to get you healthy. Using that data to refine your habits is where the real power of step and calorie counting lies.

One study conducted by researchers at the College of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University looked at how much wearables and other tracking devices were connected with improved health. To quote the abstract, “Our findings suggest that tracking health data alone may result in heightened awareness of daily activity, yet may not be sufficient to sustain use of mHealth technology and apps, which often have low reuse rates.”

Awareness is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle, but it’s not the only part. You need to know what to do once you recognize problematic aspects of your routine. Researchers in the study looked at the feedback from those participating in the study and found that “context, meaning, and health care partnerships need to be incorporated to engage and retain users.”

How to solve the problem of context-less counting

Well, context! Having the proper guidance encourages the engagement needed for long-term adherence to a health program. Basically, it means that a wearable alone is a great way to get an interesting set of statistics, but it takes more.

Olumia Life is particularly well suited to solve this issue, considering it is compatible with the most popular wearables. Instead of simply a number, the Olumia Life app provides feedback and an actual plan tailored to your current level of health and pattern of behavior. It is well beyond step-counting, and the ratio-based Nutrition plan of Olumia Life takes calorie-counting concerns into account to make things easier when recommending meals.

It’s difficult to get the professional advice you need to stick to a healthy daily routine and deal with hiccups in your plan, like trying to eat healthy at a new restaurant. Olumia Life provides feedback written by medical professionals.

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