Wear For Fitness

Five reasons why you must own a fitness tracker

Published Mar 13, 2020 15:46:46 IST
2020-03-13T15:46:46+05:30
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Move over watches, welcome fitness trackers! Depending on the need, you can monitor calorie intake, steps taken, distance travelled, sleep patterns and heart rate. What’s more, some devices also come with built-in GPS trackers to map your distance and pace. Research suggest, wearing a fitness tracker, even if it’s just a pedometer and not a very high-tech one, can increase our activity levels by 30 per cent. If that’s not enough, here are five reasons why you must own one.

Set a routine

Performance under pressure can really work sometimes. A fitness tracker helps you set a routine and, in a way, forces you to follow it. Unless you completely choose to ignore the dial readings and reminders, which then renders the device redundant, it can help you set your fitness agenda for the day, plan it well for your individually tailored health goals and aids you in follow through.

Manage a weight-loss plan

Designed to encourage movement throughout the day, a fitness tracker beeps you out of your sedentary lifestyle into active mode. It also acts like your food diary, monitoring your calorie intake and calorie burn, thereby keeping track of where you might be digressing and losing focus of your weight-loss goal. Self-tracking can be a very good way of shifting to a healthier diet and a better-suited weight loss goal.

Cardiac health check

Physical inactivity can lead to cardiovascular diseases. Most wearables come with additional sensors that help monitor heart rate, oxygen levels, blood pressure, or even analyze sweat. So fitness trackers may help motivate us towards a healthier lifestyle by giving feedback, tracking and accountability to maintain regular exercise, thereby helping them improve heart health. 

Sleep monitor

While it may not be as accurate as formal testing, it can help you create a sleep log where you can input your bedtime, wake time, and even naps every day, to keep track of your sleep pattern over an extended period. Some sophisticated devices may even detect breathing patterns, heart rate, or oxygen levels. From the collected data, you can analyze and create a regular sleep-wake schedule, which means go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, get the required 7 to 8 hours of sleep, essential for the health of the brain and the body. It also works like an alarm to warn you to get help if your sleep cycle is erratic and you’re not getting your required shut-eye.

Timekeeper

We must not forget, that while a fitness band does all the above-mentioned tasks, it also helps you keep track of time. So all you need is one device to watch your heath and time, at one glance.

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