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Soon you could be forced to wear a fitness tracker. It's already happening

Soon you could be forced to wear a fitness tracker. It's already happening
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Being fit and healthy is a good goal because it can improve your quality of life now and in the future. And if it's your decision, then more power to you. However, it's increasingly looking like it won't be your decision too much longer.

For companies that pay for health insurance, a fit and healthy workforce is going to save a lot of money. A fit populace would also be a big money-saver for the government in terms of medical payouts. It used to be that keeping track of an individual's fitness wasn't very precise, so an organization couldn't penalize individuals. That's not the case anymore.

Thanks to wearable fitness monitors, like the Fitbit, a company or organization can easily track individual people's activity levels on a day-to-day basis. A good example is Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Oral Roberts University has long had a fitness requirement for students. In the past, students had to use complicated charts to keep track of their physical activity and meet certain standards. It was tedious and imprecise.

Starting this year, however, every freshman is required to buy a Fitbit monitor. The Fitbit integrates with a school system that examines the number of steps each student takes and their heart rate. The goal is 10,000 steps per day and 150 minutes of "intense activity" every week.

While the Fitbit can log more information than just heart rate and steps, such as sleep patterns, the school is quick to say it doesn't see or store that extra information. However, you can imagine other organizations taking advantage of that kind of data.

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