Consumer Based Activity Monitor Studies
Background and Overview
Our research team has conducted numerous studies on various research grade monitors but recently established systematic methods for evaluating and comparing the various consumer monitors that have flooded the market. With some exceptions most of the monitors have reasonable accuracy for consumer monitoring but the more important consideration may be whether it helps consumers be more physically active. Click links below to read up on the findings
Lee, J.M., Kim, Y., & Welk, G.J. (2014). Validity of consumer-based physical activity monitors. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 46(9):1840-8. Click here
Lee, J.M., Kim, Y., & Welk, G.J. (2014). Validity and utility of consumer based physical activity monitors. ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal. 18 (4): 16-21. Click here
Bai, Y., Welk, G.J., Nam, Y., Lee, J.A., Kim, Y., Meier, N.F., and Dixon, P.M. (2016). Comparison of Consumer and Research Monitors under Semistructured Settings. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. In Press. Click here.
Information on New Study
The research on consumer monitors has been of considerable interest to the media and our work has been picked up in a number of news outlets.
Which One is Best?
We are often asked about the relative accuracy and utility of the various monitors. We recently completed a new study comparing some of various wrist worn monitors. Click here to see the press release and video.
Lab Testing of Latest Consumer Monitors