Are you thinking of buying a fitness tracker? Or maybe you just want to know how to get more out of the one you already own.
This guest post from Max Wegner of appcessories.co.uk will tell you 5 reasons to try a fitness tracker and how to use it to improve your activity level. Plus, scroll to the bottom and check out their amazing infographic!
Max says “Wearable fitness technology has been trending for a few years now in the fitness, health, and wellness industry, especially with recent research showing the adverse effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
Fitness trackers encourage you to be more active by tracking the number of steps you take, the calories you burn, and even how well you rest at night, depending on the tracker you choose. These devices are not meant to replace the advice of a trusted and certified health and fitness professional. In fact, it is recommended that you work with your doctor and fitness advisor before making changes to your activity level.
Nonetheless, fitness tech gadgets offer many benefits, including the following:
1. Awareness of your current activity level
Fitness data typically gives you daily fitness goals, so you can easily identify how inactive or active you really are, and how much more you need to work to attain that goal. For instance, experts recommend that you take at least 10,000 steps a day. You may be surprised to realise how little you walk, yet you assume that your routine walk is enough exercise for the day.
As such, you will be prompted to park your car a little farther from your destination, or to walk your dog a longer distance, to reach your fitness goals.
2.Help in setting realistic goals
While a fitness gadget may help you realise how inactive you are, it is unrealistic to try to move from a sedentary lifestyle to being a total fitness buff in one month.
An activity tracker can help you set achievable goals within the recommended time frame. Setting realistic goals will keep you motivated and unlikely to quit before you complete.
3. Help you stay motivated
The fact that you will have your wearable device on your wrist at all times serves as a constant reminder of your fitness goals. You can even synchronise your activities and goals with friends and fitness buddies to ensure that you don’t slack off.
For instance, having a friend share their stats with you, and notice that they managed a 15,000 step-day, may initiate some friendly competition and make your fitness activities more fun.
4. Free workout tips
Studies suggest that many doctors recommend mobile health technology to their patients to help them manage their own health. The medical community agrees that fitness trackers are beneficial for your overall daily self care through self tracking via an app or community; fitness trackers often offer personal trainer apps and/or communities to fire you up.
So, even if you don’t have the time or funds to work with a personal trainer or adhere to a strict fitness routine, you can still keep track of your daily activity level, calories burned, heart rate, sleep patterns, and other health parameters, and receive tips and recommendations for changes you can make to improve.
5. Help you form good habits
By tracking your activity level and sleep patterns, you can moderately adjust your daily routine and set new goals that ultimately allow you to incorporate healthier habits in your day to day activities. For instance, you may decide to fold your laundry one item at a time to increase your step count or wake up earlier for a jog.
As you achieve your goals, you can continuously level up and incorporate other healthy habits in your daily routine.
While the various fitness trackers are great workout accessories, you should keep in mind that wearing one does not make you healthier or fitter. You must put in the work to see changes. But don’t be obsessed with the numbers; the numbers may not necessarily be accurate, but the data or stats should be consistent enough to help you adjust appropriately.”
Want to know more about fitness trackers- check out this infographic from appcessories.co.uk!
Do you have a fitness tracker. Has it helped you keep fit?