Could this be the solution to those of us lacking a bit of motivation in the fitness department? Wearable fitness tech takeover is well under way, and it’s no wonder, given the impressive capabilities.
Research shows that by keeping track of your day-to-day activities, you can significantly improve your health. At their most basic, the lower priced models will track your steps and overall heart rate. Higher end trackers will do that as well as track your sleep patterns, calorie burn, and even offer the ability to select specific activities to provide more workout towards your goals.
So, which one to choose? If you feel you’re getting lost in the endless scroll, remember it’s all about what you need. The price will vary a lot based on the functions on offer. If you’re not going to use a fancy feature, like a built-in GPS, then what’s the point in shelling out for it? Alternatively, if you want more from your tracker, you’ll need to fork out a little extra. The least you should expect from fitness tracker models is accurate data on your number of steps, distance covered, total sleep and heart rate, as well as your estimated calorie burn.
Some fitness watches will go further and offer an in-depth look at your sleeping patterns, including how long you spend in the light, heavy and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and a few can even show which heart rate zone you were in at different points during your workout.
Of course, water babies can rejoice by using a fitness tracker that is water resistant. You will be able to get more data on your time in the water, your distance covered and how many lengths you’ve covered. Some actually detect the type of stroke you are using. Amazing, right?!
What are the actual benefits? First of all, a fitness tracker will keep you accountable. It will remind you every day where you’re at and it can help you to push a little harder with workouts too. It’s your daily motivation. It’s all about the progress; how many calories you’ve burned, how many steps you’ve taken, and for how long you’ve been active.
It could track your sleep. Remember, getting those z’s could impact your metabolism, energy levels, mood, and cravings. And because it monitors your heart rate, you’ll be sure not to overdo it.
It’s easy to obsess over these high-tech wristbands. The euphoria that comes with breaking your own record for the amount of steps in a day, as well as, on the other hand, the extreme disappointment of not reaching your daily minimum goal.
There’s nothing wrong with it if a number on a tiny screen keeps you active and motivated.
So, get on track to a happier, healthier you!
Source: southdenver.com, menshealth.com, womenshealthmag.com, aaptiv.com, reliancegeneration.co.in, cosmopolitan.com
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