Do you know how many steps you take a day? Are you as active as you should be? What about how well or often you sleep or if your consuming the right amount of food per day? Your life is full of information and the only way to keep track of what you are doing with your body is to use an Activity Tracker.
Activity (or Fitness) Trackers are wearable electronic tech devices (commonly referred to as fit bands or fitness tracking wristbands) that can be used to capture and record various bits of information as you go about your day. They have been around for a few years now but have exploded in popularity over the last few years to become a $10 billion industry.
Once thought to be a tool for serious exercise enthusiasts, Activity Trackers are now being adopted by many people for keeping track of their daily exercise habits or by those who are just plain curious about what they do during their day.
So What Can They Do?
Activity Trackers are predominantly worn on the wrist have developed over the last few years from measuring your movement and even sleep patterns, to being able to track and measure your steps taken, relative energy expenditure, calories and your total daily activity.
One of the best aspects of Activity Trackers is that the individual user can set and track their own personal goals such as a certain number of steps or calorie intake, but furthermore, all this information can be compared with other people within the same age group globally to see how you measure up against them.
Best of all, however, is the level of motivation that comes from owning an Activity Tracker and measuring your daily habits. The more you measure the more motivated you become to restrict or increase calories, introduce better sleep patterns and smash your personal best on your morning jog. What once took a lot of effort to ensure you stuck to a strict regime becomes second nature as you use your activity tracker to live a better, healthier and more active life.
Activity Trackers are a great way for unfit people to get into exercise as they provide objective information that the user can use to set their own goals.
Traditionally it has been very hard to know how active you have been over the course of your day. You can measure your workouts if you have a specific sports watch for instance but if you do weights or classes in the gym for example it is very difficult to know how much effort you are actually putting in.
Not only can Fitness or Activity Trackers be used for an exercise perspective, but if they are worn on a daily basis, you will get a comprehensive readout of how active you are when running to catch the train or bus, while you’re at work or just hanging out at home.
How Do They Work?
Activity trackers integrate seamlessly with most smartphone or personal electronic devices (i.e. tablets etc). Simply downloading the app and registering an account allows you to immediately start logging your data from your tracker. A host of tools are built in to these apps and all the information logged from your activity tracker can be displayed in various forms and graphs.
Couple this with being able to share your information with friends on Facebook or comparing to others within your age group around the globe, adds to the motivation factor that comes from using these trackers.
The key to being successful with these activity trackers is to treat them like an extension of your body, wear them as often as possible, be honest with yourself and the information you input into the app, upload the information and provide as much data (i.e. food intake etc) as possible, because more information provides much more accurate results.
Activity Trackers are a new technology and as such the more information you can find, the easier it is to make a decision. And remember, whatever you choose, enjoy the journey as you discover a healthier you!
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