Get the most out of your wearable fitness tracker with these tips.
You might look really cool with that fitness tracker on your wrist, but unless you’re paying attention to what it’s telling you, it’s doing you no favors. The new big thing in the world of fitness, trackers connect to an app on your smartphone where various health statistics are displayed. From number of steps, distance traveled, sleep quality, altitude changes, heart rate, and even stress level, the number of things a fitness tracker can tell you about your health is impressive.
The problem is, many people are excited to try them out, but when the newness wears off, the tracker gets tossed to the side. Anyone who wears a fitness tracker should take advantage of the many ways they can help reach fitness goals. Here’s how to get the most out of your device.
Since there are numerous options when it comes to wearable fitness, do your homework before deciding which one to buy. The first thing to consider is how much you want to spend. Prices range from $50 to more than $250. Some come with screens to view statistics, others don’t. Certain trackers look more fashionable, some are worn on the wrist, others as a necklace, and some around your chest or on your belt. Do you want it to have features that allow it to function as a smart watch also?
The tracker you decide on may depend on which sport you’ll be participating in. Does it need to be waterproof? What do you want to track: your heart rate, calorie burn, or distance? These are all things to consider before buying a tracker.
Once you get it home, study all you can about how the tracker works and what you can learn from it. The more comfortable you are with using it, the more useful it will be for you. Hook it to your phone or computer and enter the requested information. By knowing your current height and weight, the device can give a more accurate picture of your progress.
The tracker does no good sitting on the shelf. You’ve got to wear it constantly in order for the device to translate a clear picture of your fitness. The more information the device transmits to your phone app or computer, the better the results. Day and night, keep your tracker on your body and powered up.
The first few days you wear the tracker, do life as usual. Don’t decide to run five miles the first day if that’s not your normal routine. Also, you’ll want to wait to start wearing your tracker if you’re on vacation or sick. This way, the device can detect a baseline for your health and fitness level so you can see areas you need to work on and track your progress as you work toward your fitness goals.
Now is the time to put your tracker to work and let it do its job. With your tracker on, your goals set, and your baseline determined, start moving! Make more exercise part of your daily routine. As you do morning stretches, take the stairs, walk on your lunch break, and hit the gym on your way home, your tracker is doing the tedious but helpful job of recording your every move. Watching your steps increase, heart rate decrease, sleep improve, and calorie burn skyrocket are great motivators to keep at it.
Check in regularly with your computer or phone app to track your progress and log in new information. You’ll see how close you are to reaching your goal and be motivated to stay committed.
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