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Trying to maintain physical fitness can be frustrating as hell. Whether the goal is to sleep better, simply look and feel better in our favorite pair of jeans, or aiming to have a healthier relationship with our bodies, we need all the help we can get to stay on track. Which is what makes fitness related wearables and apps so appealing. And it doesn’t hurt to know that a new study proves that apps and wearables actually do what they’re designed to, which is to help you reach your fitness goals.

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The Daily Dot, a paper from the Journal of the American Heart Association, scoured 224 studies that analyzed how apps and wearables assist with positive lifestyle changes. And they found that they actually helped.

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Specifically, the paper noted success from patients who took advantage of mobile and web-based programs as well as in-person doctor visits. Other studies found that wearables like pedometers actually work as intended by helping users trade in their couch potato habits for a life of increased mobility.

While the findings definitely sound promising, more research is required to accurately determine whether wearables and apps have long-term effects on weight loss efforts, Fox News Health reports.

In the meantime, resist the temptation to delete the food-tracking app or drown those smiley faces on your Fitbit in a puddle of water, because those electronic fitness motivators may make a bigger impact than you think.