Fitness trackers and watches have become increasingly popular over the past several years. Fitbit, Garmin, Polar, Microsoft, and Apple are some of the big names leading the industry in fitness and activity tracking capabilities. More and more people are now wearing these fitness trackers as an everyday watch. They are great for everyone, especially for people with desk jobs. Prolonged sitting at a desk all day can lead to certain health complications. Two strategies to combat prolonged sitting are getting a height adjustable desk, and getting an activity tracker. If you don't have a height adjustable desk in your office already, here is an article that will probably convince you to get one. With regards to the activity trackers, they are great because they can be programmed with reminders at certain intervals throughout the day to remind you to get up and take a break from sitting. Taking breaks from sitting throughout the day is very important for your health.
Many of the activity trackers started out with only capabilities to track your steps. As the technology in these products has developed, they can now offer much more objective data than simply the amount of steps you get per day. Many of these new watches now have GPS capabilities, they can connect to your smartphone, monitor heart rate, monitor your sleep, and much more. Although all of the data provided from these watches is not 100% accurate, it can still provide you with some good information.
Personally, I like using my fitness watch for tracking information about my runs and bike rides. The GPS capability can give me information such as distances, lap times, and even my cadence. Below, I've listed a few reasons that I recommend looking into getting a fitness tracker:
- They give you objective data about your activity level
- They allow you to better understand your activity level
- You can create friendly competitions with friends and family to hold each other accountable
- You can set personalized, objective fitness goals based on past performance
- Extrinsic motivation from objective data can be powerful for many people
Do you use a fitness watch to track your activity? Which one is your favorite and why?
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