Keeping your body active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are ways a person can live a long happy life. However, due to responsibilities like work, running errands, or raising a family, sometimes working out and staying fit are just put aside. The truth is, when your body is inactive, it will absolutely lead you to experience health problems in the long run. Since the body needs exercise every day to keep it functioning well, staying immobile or inactive for a long time will lead to long-term disorders. When the body is unhealthy, it sometimes affects one’s everyday life; it will lead you to have low productivity in school and work, gain unwanted and unhealthy weight, and you can start feeling seriously ill.
This situation if not curtailed can gradually become alarming especially as we grow older. With all this said, an effective way one can prevent and alleviate such situations is engaging in exercise – no matter how little. Activities like walking, running, or just moving around every day go a long way in helping boost your health. Though these activities sometimes go unnoticed, they will surely help in maintaining one’s well-being.
Due to the fact that simple activities like walking and running are not placed on high regard as that of working out and going to the gym, a lot of people may think doing such does not bear anything good. The truth is, there is something great happening in doing these simple activities, but it only goes unnoticed since there is nothing to measure and monitor its effectiveness. As a result of a necessity for this “something” to solve this predicament, fitness trackers were invented.
Fitness trackers are considered one of the best ways to keep track of your fitness and health progress. Most of these trackers are wireless and you can put these either on your wrist or in your pocket. It shows you how many steps you have made, the distance you have traveled, your calorie intake, how well and long you have slept as well as your heart rate. Some fitness trackers even have a global positioning system (GPS) feature. With these features fitness trackers have, it is a sure way to invest your money and to start moving your body!
Benefits of Using Fitness Tracker
1Your fitness tracker is your best friendYour fitness tracker is one of the most important things you will need to start your fitness journey. As long as you know the features your fitness tracker has, you are good to start. When using a fitness tracker, there is no need to open an application by yourself; with the ability of fitness trackers to sync your tracking activity to your phone, PC or gadget via Bluetooth, you don’t have to worry much. Also, there is no need for you to worry on losing your daily fitness data, since fitness trackers store it in a safe place and backs it up regularly. Aside from these, fitness trackers are also easy-to-use and fast-charging.
A lot of people may still use pen and paper, if not, boards and markers to keep track of their daily fitness activities. Doing this is way inconvenient, right? If you start using fitness trackers, you can keep track with your daily fitness activities through the data and information these trackers offer online. Depending on the fitness tracker you use, you can login to your account to know your daily fitness information and take note of it.
In addition, fitness trackers can be considered as an updated weight loss tool. It keeps your personal fitness records for you to know whether you have achieved your desired weight or goal or not, and if you are on the right track or not. Aside from monitoring activities, fitness trackers monitor you in your sleep, too! Basing on your movement during sleep, fitness trackers will know how well you have slept.
It helps you achieve your plans
Fitness trackers help you achieve your plans by making sure you are always informed regarding your fitness goals. When your goal is to lose weight, you can take note through your online account your exercise routine, daily activities or the foods you eat in achieving such. Depending on what fitness tracker you use, the applications in your online account calculate the calories you have consumed and shed off, and will show you the difference between both.
In addition, it can also be of use to you when you plan something in advanced. Whether you are joining a 10k run or a 30-mile ride, the fitness tracker will help you train for you to become fully prepared in your event by keeping a record of your speed, distance and heart rate.
It makes your daily activities consistent with your goals
We all know that consistency is the key to reach your goals; in keeping the body healthy and fit, you can’t see drastic and amazing changes overnight. So, taking a step after step, no matter how small it is, will eventually lead you to your fitness goals. However, this would be better if you can keep track with your steps. Depending on what fitness tracker you use, log your daily activities – the exercise you have made and your diet – to make sure you are on the right track and what you do is consistent with what you want to achieve. You can also seek help from the online community on how to achieve your goals effectively and faster, if they can suggest some tips.
It motivates you to not give up
Though fitness trackers may only be seen as a tool to achieve your goals, it can also directly motivate you to not give up on what you are doing. You may not see it at first, but what’s the use of logging your daily diet and exercise? Of course, it is for motivation; for you to be motivated to keep on going. It is easier to keep on track if you can always trace and see your progress history and the pounds you have lost. In addition, it gives you a good feeling when you can see how much you have achieved through the descending and ascending lines you can see on your graph; these remind you that you have achieved this by making little steps every day, and you will achieve more if you keep doing the same and do not give up.
It challenges none other than you
Since fitness trackers keep you reminded of your progress and goals, it encourages you to do more, if you can! This tool is an effective way to walk more, to run faster and to keep moving a little longer than yesterday. According to healthfitnessrevolution.com, research even shows that wearing fitness trackers, even though it is just a basic pedometer, can increase a user’s activity levels by 30%. In addition, your fitness tracker is your own possession; it is a reflection of your goals and it’s just basically about you! Whether you work out at home or somewhere, the fitness tracker will serve as your guide as well as your challenger to go a mile further.
To prove the benefits provided by using a fitness tracker, a small study was conducted and was even published in the September American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) (2).In the study, the researchers wanted to know if digital fitness trackers would increase physical activity among older women. In the AJPM study, the researchers used the fitness tracker Fitbit and a web application which evaluates and graphs recorded information gathered from the study.
The study’s subjects were 51 overweight postmenopausal women who utilized 33 minutes per week in doing moderate to intensive physical activities. These women were divided into 2 groups; the first group is composed of women using a standard pedometer, and the second group is composed of women using Fitbit. The second group also had guided sessions and a scheduled follow-up call after a month. Both groups were tasked to walk 10,000 steps every day and to do 150 minutes of moderate or intensive physical activities every week. Both groups of women also used an accelerometer as an additional gadget which also tracks movements.
After a 16-week period, neither of the groups of women had reached their goals; the group who only used a pedometer did not have substantial increase in the levels of their physical activity, but the group who used FitBit was able to increase their physical activity by an additional 38 minutes every week.
Linda Arslanian, the director of rehabilitation services at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said that fitness trackers helps and encourages one to do more. She also pointed out that a fitness tracker can capture what one does more accurately than an activity journal. She said that trackers record objective workout data accurately, which includes exercise distance, duration, intensity and pace. She said that when one can see these things, especially one’s fitness progress, that person would be motivated to keep on building what that person has already accomplished.
Another benefit these fitness trackers can provide is that they can also record your heart rate, which is essential to determine workout intensity. Arslanian said that you may want to exercise at 60% to 80% of your maximum heart rate for at least 30 minutes 3-5 times a week, if you are doing aerobic exercise. She said that doing that will improve your endurance.In addition, having a device like a fitness tracker which provides information and alerts if one is over or under the established training heart rate can result to safer, more effective and yielding workouts especially for those who have heart issues.