Fitness trackers - do they help and are they worth it?

Most of us are do our best to work hard to keep ourselves fit.

No one denies the fact that being fit is important as our bodies will function more efficiently and effectively with the stresses and strains of today’s lifestyles. Most of us set personal, physical and business goals, but how are we able to track our physical ROI’s and progress?

In this article, we dig deeper to understand what the role of fitness trackers are and how they can impact our physical fitness.

What is a fitness tracker?

A fitness tracker is a wearable device that records the daily physical activities of a person together with other data that fitness related such as heart rate, the number of calories that have been burned and even your temperature.

Do fitness trackers really help??

There are many different fitness trackers that have been designed for different purposes and roles. For instance, some people use it to:

·        Reach the fitness goals they have set

·        Track their sleep

·        Monitor their heart rates

·        Motivating Partner

·        Swimming and Diving

Depending on your budget and purpose, it’s best to buy a fitness tracker that will suit your. 

1) Monitoring heart rates

During your workout sessions, a fitness tracker is best known to collect data and even as you sit down to rest or relax. The tracker will not stop but still continuing to collect data monitoring your heart rate and enabling you to monitor the exercises that are best for you and your heart.

2) Reach fitness goals set

It’s always a good practice when you start by first jotting down the purpose you want your tracker to help with. The purpose could be tracking sleep, losing weight or even bodybuilding. There is a brilliant sense of accomplishment when physical and fitness targets are reached and this will encourage you on to the next goal, and the one after that.

3) Tracking Sleep

Sleep. The scourge of modern day society – how much is enough?

When you are sleeping, or resting, the rate of success in your fitness program is optimized by having a good and quality sleep. This will enable you to adjust your lifestyle accordingly from a position ofknowledge rather than guesswork.

4) Motivating partner

To some, they see a fitness tracker as a strict coach and friend. You can see and be aware of the effectiveness of your efforts during your workout routine as you will be able to view the results of all your activities. You’ll be able to set smarter goals later by the help of this information.

5) Swimming and Diving

Through water resistant fitness trackers, swimmers are able to obtain details of their swimming efficiency and pace as the tracker can record the number of strokes they make as they swim. This helps swimmers monitor their fitness programs too.

Is 10,000 a magic number? 

10,000 being a magic number has been a debate for quite a long time. Some believe it is while others it is not. For instance, the people in Minneapolis believe in the popular goal of walking 10,000 steps a day. According to Heather Brown (CBS Minnesota's ), she reports that the number is not new but is an arbitrary figure.

Stephanie Helgeson who is an exercise physiologist with Allina Health’s Milton M attempts to answer how many steps we should take a day. A target of 10,000 paces per day is roughly equivalent to 5 miles and such a target is aimed at inspiring people to sit less and walk more.

The fitness tracker acts as your activity conscience sitting on your wrist.

In conclusion we believe that fitness trackers are a positive force for monitoring your activity but do buy one that suits your budget then set your personal short, medium and long term goals and make accountable activity a habit in your life. 

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