Monitor Your Moves
If you’re thinking about getting a fitness tracker, there are a lot of options out there. The choices seem endless, from bracelets, watches, clip-ons, smart clothing, to phone apps and any of them can be a partner on your road to a healthier life. But the clincher is – you have to do the work. Move your body, clear your mind, eat healthier – all the good stuff.
Price points can be as low as $15 for a fitness app and go all the way up to $600+. If you’re an athlete, spending as much as you can afford might be the way to go. The more expensive trackers will have more bells and whistles, such as monitoring heart rates, keeping track of how many steps you take in a day and how far you’ve traveled, analyzing sleep patterns and letting you know when your stress levels are high. But if you just want to keep track of how many steps you take in a day, a less expensive one might be the best option.
Information about how you move and when can be helpful in reminding you to move throughout the day, but they don’t tell you what to do once you’re up. That part is up to you. You may be the type of person who thrives on daily milestones – 10,000 steps a day – eight hours of sleep every night. Or you may be best for you to have the fitness tracker work along with a reasonable exercise and eating plan so the tracker acts as a reminder.
There are plenty of ways to get healthier without fitness trackers, but if used as an electronic cheerleader of sorts, they can help you get to your goals faster with better information on what’s actually happening with your body. Information alone doesn’t increase health but dedication does. Get up and get moving. Feel just a bit better each day. Take fitness tracker along for the ride so you can track progress. No one is going to do it but you.