There is no doubt that technology is a big part of our lives. Most of the things we do on a day to day basis involve technology to an extent. Fitness is no exception. In the last few years, fitness trackers have gained a lot of popularity. More and more people seem to be wearing those little tech gadgets on their wrists to keep track of their daily activity levels, as well as their sleep quality and health stats.
Most models can track steps, distance, workouts, and even sleep quality and stress levels. This is achieved by using various built-in sensors in the device, such as pedometers, heart rate monitors, accelerometers and so on. The data that is tracked by the device is usually synced to an app on your smartphone, via Bluetooth. There are some models though where the use of a smartphone app is not needed. In these cases, the data is transferred via USB into your computer.
It might seem that these devices can be only be used by dedicated fitness fanatics and avid gym-goers. This isn’t necessarily true. Regular people who just want to have a more active lifestyle and be more conscious of their activity levels can benefit a lot from these devices.
These devices can help you stay on track with your workouts and keep you motivated. In addition to that, they can also help you with your weight-loss goals and give you a basic overview of your activity levels. In this article, I will share with you 5 benefits of using a fitness tracker in your everyday life.
1. Keep you accountable
Using a fitness tracker daily can sometimes feel like you’re having a personal trainer on your wrist. Most models have the ability to set daily step goals and keep you notified when you’ve been sitting for too long. Knowing that you’ve set a daily goal, that you need to accomplish that day can help you be more accountable. This usually results in you being more active and therefore, more likely to achieve your long-term fitness goals.
2. Set personal challenges
Fitness trackers can track information such as daily steps, calorie expenditure, activity levels and so on. That information is transferred to an app, where you can have an overview of all your stats. Most of those apps, such as the Fitbit App, have communities where people set daily challenges and compete against each other. Challenges may include who can take the most steps in one day, weekend and so on. You can also invite your friends to join the challenges. This is a really fun way to gamify fitness and have fun whilst being active.
3. Help you with motivation
Because fitness trackers log all your activity information, it can be really motivating to look back at your stats and how many steps you’ve taken in a day, week or even a month. Of course, you need to stick to your daily goals and challenges in order to look back and be proud of what you’ve accomplished so far. This can be really helpful when you struggle to find the willpower and the motivation to get up and work out.
4. Be more active throughout the day
It is no secret that in the modern world, inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle have become a big problem. Unfortunately, the phrase “sitting is the new smoking” holds a lot of truth. Sitting for extended periods of time leads to several health problems. It is therefore wise, to get up as often as possible and move around. Most fitness trackers nowadays have built-in move reminders, which go off when you’ve been sitting for too long. This is a really useful feature, especially if you work in an office and you need to sit for long periods of time.
5. Aid in sleep quality
Sleep is by far the most important aspect of recovery. A good night’s sleep can dramatically improve your quality of life, as well as aid you in achieving your fitness goals. Almost all models have built-in sleep monitors, which track your sleep quality and duration. Although they are not completely accurate and reliable, they can still provide you with a good overview of your sleeping patterns and give you some basic suggestions, such as bedtime and wake-up time.
Even though fitness trackers are not always accurate, they can still help you achieve your fitness goals and give you a good overview of your activity levels. The biggest benefit, in my opinion, of using a fitness tracker would be the move reminders. Sitting for prolonged periods of time has a negative impact on your health, and therefore getting up to move every 20 minutes or so can really help you live a healthier life. The biggest drawback of these devices is the cost. Most models are priced around 200-300$. This is a big investment for most people. Luckily, there are some decent devices that are more affordable.