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TRACK IT: Validity and Utility of Consumer-Based Physical Activity Monitors

Lee, Jung-Min Ph.D.; Kim, Young-Won M.S.; Welk, Gregory J. Ph.D., FACSM

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000051

LEARNING OBJECTIVE From this article, the reader should learn about the progression of technology in accelerometry-based activity monitors as well as the characteristics and features in various consumer-based activity monitors.

This article provides an overview of various consumer-based monitors and their potential utility for promoting physical activity in the population.

Jung-Min Lee, Ph.D, is an assistant professor in Physical Activity and Health Promotion Laboratory at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where his research focuses on physical activity assessment, determinants of performance and fitness in children and adults, and development and validation of objective techniques to assess habitual physical activity.

Young-Won Kim, M.S., completed his master’s degree in exercise science at the University of South Carolina and has started his doctoral study in kinesiology at Iowa State University. His research interests lie in validating different types of accelerometry-based activity monitors and reducing sedentary time from an epidemiological perspective.

Gregory J. Welk, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University. His research focuses on the assessment and promotion of physical activity. He has conducted numerous studies on the validity and utility of various accelerometry-based activity monitors for assessing and promoting activity in different populations.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

© 2014 American College of Sports Medicine.