Health and Fitness

4 Benefits of Using a Fitness Tracker

It is no surprise to anyone that being physically inactive on a regular basis can lead to weight gain, low self-esteem and health issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese and in 2008 the estimated annual medical cost of obesity was 7 billion. With those staggering numbers, it is no surprise that many people lack the motivation to start getting fit or may feel self-conscious about going to a gym.

Fitness trackers provide an alternative if you suffer from “gymphobia” or lack the funds to hire a personal trainer. These devices keep track of your progress for you and get you motivated to move. Here are a few benefits of using a fitness tracker that will get you excited to get moving.

Variety Of Options

There is a vast assortment of fitness trackers out on the market. From apps that you can download on your phone to wearable trackers on your wrist, you will be able to find the tracker that suits your needs the best.

Personalized Goals

Whether you are training for a marathon or looking to achieve 10,000 steps a day, every person has their own set of fitness goals that they want to accomplish. Fitness trackers are perfect for logging in, setting personal goals, and tracking your fitness accomplishments on a daily basis.

Everything You Need In One Place

Before purchasing your fitness tracker make sure you do the research on which one best suits your needs and how many features the tracker offers (and fitness trackers can offer an incredible amount of features). Fitness trackers can record your steps, distance traveled, caloric intake vs. calories burned and even your sleep. Some fitness trackers even offer GPS tracking to map distances and pace (if you are a runner or golfer, GPS watches provide a great way to track your daily fitness routine).

Accountability

When it comes to your personal health, the only person you are needing to compete with is yourself. Fitness apps and wearable trackers make you accountable. These devices are tracking your goals and your progress on a regular basis and are a way to make you aware of what you accomplished yesterday and a reminder to strive for fitness goals today. Kieran Alger, a contributor for wareable.com, suggests setting mini-goals and challenge yourself to walk at least 100 steps per hour. That way you focus on small challenges during the day versus focusing on that end of the day total.

Whether you are just starting your health journey or already an active person who wants to start training for a biathlon, using a fitness tracker just may be a great investment in your health.