Atlanta Multisports Magazine Issue No 3 - Page 18

So you use your watch to calculate your running distance, cadence, daily workouts, SWOLF, stroke count, how many meters swam, heart rate. It records your sleeping patterns, you can log in how many steps you've taken, and alerts you when your inactive for too long, and much more.Your mobile phone app allows you to listen to music, calculate your running, cycling, swimming and other activities as well as collect metrics on these activities. Wearable activity trackers are all the new craze in fitness and have become a booming business with established large tech companies as well as new startups. Wearable technology has become a way for us to improve our health and wellness activity. Now tech companies are working with U.S. regulators and investing R&D into new ways to target specific disease areas, including chronic disease. Is it a coach on your wrist, or "Bragging Rights" to post on social media? What are the costs of this technology Internet-connected glasses, smart watches and health monitoring gadgets? Will we learn one day that there were negative health consequences for using this technology? Some health professionals have raised concerns about many wearables given that some of the devices emit radiation.

“Wi-Fi is very similar to cellphone radiation. You definitely don’t want to put these devices near your head or near your reproductive organs” for extended periods of time, said Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the UC Berkeley Prevention Research Center School of Public Health. It will be interesting to see how this emerging technology will further be used as well as what impact good, bad or otherwise it will have in the future.

By, Anthony C. Malone, Editor in Chief