Fitness and activity trackers are hot on the market right now. It seems like every major company has their own version. But do you need one? What are the benefits of using an activity tracker?
Accountability. This is a big one for those who need a little push out the door to get moving (especially in the morning). Most fitness trackers work with third party apps where you can challenge a buddy to a workout and post your planned sessions to keep yourself accountable to your exercise program. Research has shown that social exercise aids in helping us perform more regular exercise and avoid pulling the cover over our heads to sleep in. Plus, when you do fit in that activity, you can share it on social media with your active friends!
Motivation. Another benefit to fitness trackers is the visual progress you see as you log your time moving. This includes seeing how many steps you take during the day and the motivation that comes with that information. On average, it is recommended that we take 10,000 steps per day to be in the healthy, active category of movement. Setting daily goals for yourself helps you get those extra steps so you reach 5 miles, 15 flights of stairs, or 1,000 calories- whatever your daily goal may be!
Healthy Eating. We all know living a healthy lifestyle involves both regular activity and a healthy diet. Trackers often feature a fuel and hydration log to help you keep track of the quantity and quality of your every day fuel. You can enter your food choices for each meal including the quantity and see calories for that serving. Tally your water intake during the day will keep you on track. Evaluating the quality of your diet may help to inspire better choices.
Goal Setting. There is nothing more helpful in achieving weight loss and other goals than to have a carrot dangling out in front of you to keep you inspired. One of the key features of fitness trackers is the ability to set goals and achieve them. Whether it is to lose ten pounds or increase your daily activity, by tracking your exercise, fuel, and sleep you are hands on in learning what it takes and how to achieve any goal you set. Goal setting keeps you focused on progress and personal fitness evolution. It’s the difference between wanting to be fit, and actively engaging in a plan to live a fit and active lifestyle.
Tracking your Sleep. The quality of your sleep can affect everything from your metabolism, cravings, energy, mood, and safety. Many fitness trackers can also track your sleep patterns, not only showing you how long you slept, but whether it was deep or light sleep throughout the night and how many times you woke up. Realizing the quality of your sleep is less than optimal can inspire life changing sleep habits, which will improve your life performance.