THE BLOG
07/29/2016 02:05 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2017

Don't Ditch Your Fitness Tracker, It Could Save Your Life

American's across the nation have finally decided to get moving and no it's not because Michelle Obama told them to and and no it's not because they are out trying to catch more Pokemon's it is because of one of America's most popular wearable devices, fitness trackers.

Fitness trackers have been on the radars of technology gurus for quite some time as many began looking for the best fitness trackers. While this new fun and exciting technology may have been on the radars of many it wasn't until 2015 that companies such as Fitbit began to see a huge surge in users looking for a way to increase physical activity. These wearable devices not only encourage you to get moving by counting your steps but it also measures your heart rate and ow long you sleep in order to nudge you closer to a healthier lifestyle.

While using fitness trackers can be exciting to use it can also be pretty discouraging to a newbie looking into getting more physically fit. Let's hypothetically say you have spent the entire day walking everywhere you needed to go. You walk to the mailbox, the grocery store, the post office and you even park a little further away than you normally do. You come home thrilled because you know you've burned tons of calories and walked thousands of steps. You look down at your device only to discover you have only walked about 5,000 steps. You're heartbroken and suddenly the one thing you were hoping would help you on your weight loss journey has now been thrown into a drawer with other pointless fitness products.

The first few weeks or even months with your new fitness tracker may not be as exhilarating as you anticipated but you probably shouldn't ditch the device just yet. Why you ask? Well, several news outlets have reported that your fitness tracker could save your life.

A New Jersey man went into the emergency room in April after suffering from a seizure. Upon arrival doctors were able to use his fitness tracker in order to make effective decisions on how to handle this patient's condition. The Fitbit not only showed when the man's heartbeat went up but it also showed that his heartbeat had no previous history of ever being spiked.

Fitbits and other fitness devices do assure customers that not only devices monitor heart rates and are not medical devices; however, it is predicted that the devices may be used in medical emergencies in the future.