The obsession with counting daily steps didn’t begin when Fitbit launched its old-school clip-on prototype back in 2009. Nor did it explode in the 60s when Japan — host of the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics — popularized the old-fashioned mechanical pedometer (manpo-kei).
Hop in your time machine … we’re jetting back to the late 1700s.
That’s because we owe today’s hottest digital fitness trend to none other than our third president, Thomas Jefferson, who was a neurotic step-tracker in the Declaration of Independence Era.
Although Jefferson was ahead of his time (unbeknownst to him), he couldn’t have possibly imagined how far technology would advance his once-simplistic innovation.
Oh, how times have changed!
Today’s trackers give us a 24/7 glance at health data that once required a doctor’s visit, a stethoscope, dizzying electrical hookups, and a costly health insurance premium.
But just how popular are Fitbits, Garmin trackers, and other smartwatch innovations? Keep reading to learn about 13 fitness tracker market statistics that put the industry in perspective.[Read more…] about 13 Fitness Tracker Market Statistics (Sales Growth & Trends)