If you are using a step counting app or just have it installed by default on your phone, it’s not only a waste of time but also a dangerous habit, says Dr. Greg Hager, a scientist that wanted to see how this kind of applications is affecting the people.

The fitness apps are not helping us at all, claims the expert, as they are forcing the people to aim goals that they will never reach and that can lead to frustration and fewer results.

There are more than 150,000 health care programs that we can install on our smartphone, but none of them are scientifically proved, says Dr. Hager, and now there are a lot of dedicated devices, like the fitness bracelets that don’t help us at all. Only one in five devices or apps it has been linked to a sort of evidence that it might actually work.

He claims that the apps are usually targeting a goal of 10,000 steps. It’s very motivating when you are announced that you made that target for the day, but it’s not proved if that is the optimal target for you and your health. Also, the applications are not measuring the pace, for example, so the users cannot control the calories they burned, but just in a general way.

Dr. Greg Hager reminds us to put ourselves in the first place and not take general trends in fitness or health and consider them good for everyone. We are separate individuals and have different needs, so believing that the more we exercise, the better we feel or reaching a target scheduled by a device, might not be the safest way to stay fit.