Explaining the benefits and limitations of fitness trackers to patients

April 16, 2020

Here are pros and cons primary care physicians should keep in mind while discussing fitness trackers with their patients.

Fitness trackers can motivate people to exercise, but they have several limitations. As a substantial part of primary care involves empowering patients to stay as healthy as possible, primary care physicians (PCPs) could suggest fitness trackers as accessible and user-friendly ways for people to monitor aspects of a healthy lifestyle, especially if they are at risk for obesity or health problems exacerbated by unhealthy living.However, PCPs should be prepared to discuss the benefits and possible disadvantages of fitness trackers with patients before they start using these gadgets.Here are 11 pros and cons PCPs should keep in mind while discussing fitness trackers with their patients.