Tracking Tools For a Better You

September 23, 2014 Edited by  
Filed under Consumer awareness, Heart disease, Weight management

It pays to keep track!

A recent study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 69% of American adults keep track of at least one health indicator and 60% of US adults track weight, diet, or exercise routine.

Although people with chronic conditions are most likely to track health indicators – plenty of healthy people are keeping tabs too.

How are People “Keeping Track”?

Of those surveyed who consider themselves “trackers”:

  • 49% track progress in their heads
  • 34% track progress by writing it down on paper or in a journal
  • 21% track progress using some sort of technology

There are a variety of electronic resources out there to help track food intake and energy expenditure. Some of the most popular ones include:

Whether or not these health trackers are more successful at losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight remains to be seen. But if you know you are at risk for the development of certain types of chronic disease – such as heart disease – it may pay to keep tabs on yourself.

For a list of other fitness and food tracking resources, click here.

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