Self-Monitoring on the Rise

By Ryan Halvorson
Oct 21, 2013

According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, health- and fitness-related self-monitoring is a popular practice among U.S. adults.

The survey, which included data from 3,014 respondents nationwide, found that 69% of adults use some form of tracking for themselves or someone they love.

Here are a few other survey tidbits:

  • 60% of U.S. adults say they track their weight, diet or exercise routine.
  • 33% of U.S. adults track health indicators or symptoms; for example, blood pressure, blood sugar, headaches or sleep patterns.
  • 12% of U.S. adults track health indicators or symptoms for someone they love.
  • 49% of trackers say they keep track of progress “in their heads.”
  • 34% say they track the data on paper, as in a notebook or journal.
  • 21% say they use some form of technology—such as a spreadsheet, website, app or device—to track their health data.

For more insights on this report, visit http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Tracking-for-Health.aspx.

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Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson is an award-winning writer and editor. He is a long-time author and presenter for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, fitness industry consultant and former director of group training for Bird Rock Fit. He is also a Master Trainer for TriggerPoint.

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