Portable Fitness-tracking Devices Are Featured in a New "Leading Edge" Program With Host Jimmy Johnson

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Digital tools are being utilized to help promote fitness goals.

Portable fitness tracking devices have become incredibly popular over the last few years. While speedometers have been present on bicycles for decades and heart rate monitors attached to the chest have given runners the ability to track their heart rate for several years, the explosion of portable fitness tracking devices has coincided with the evolution of the smart phone. Many of these devices, which an individual wears on their arm or in their pockets, can sync up with a mobile phone in order to communicate and store information. However, is this just a fitness fad might just disappear in the next year or two, or is it a useful method for improving fitness? "Leading Edge with Jimmy Johnson" looks to dive further into this and many other questions.

Fitness trackers are able to monitor all sorts of variables while a person works out. Ranging from their heart rate to calories burned to distance, all while playing music and offering updates, the devices provide information easily accessible on the wrist, without having to dig at a phone. However, just how accurate these devices are and if it is worth the investment are common questions. The "Leading Edge" series looks to dive deeper into understanding this growing trend.

"Leading Edge" is developed for Public Television usage throughout America and is not related to PBS. Learn more at leadingedgeseries.com.

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