October 24, 2017

Is spending money on fitness trackers good for your health?

There has been a lot written for and against purchasing a wearable device that tracks your steps and your overall fitness, and whether you really get health gains from such a gadget.

The wearable industry according to recent statistics, it’s a billion dollar industry and is growing at a very fast rate with 1 in 6 people owning and using a fitness device.

But before you spend the cash and purchase this gadget, it’s a good idea to know if it’s really for you.

Do you have to personality for it?

Like anything, success in any particular area comes to those who persevere in that area. The same is true for health and fitness. In order to get more fit and lose a few kilos, you have to be committed to your goal.

For example, are you the type of person who once they commit to a new health or fitness regime, you follow it wholeheartedly every single day until you start seeing results? Or are you the type of person that will try something that’s in fashion, but once your lifestyle gets in the way, the fad in question is out the door?

A wearable fitness device is good for people that take it seriously, but not good for people that dip in and out of fitness. It can be a bit of an all or nothing approach. So if you are going to commit to spending the money on a fitness tracker, you have to be ready to commit to getting fit. This will mean a lifestyle change to reach your goals.

It can be a good wakeup call.

For some people, the use of a fitness tracker can be a big wakeup call! You think you are getting enough exercise in by walking around your house doing housework and completing your daily tasks, you just might be kidding yourself.

A fitness watch might actually fill you in on the truth and be worth every cent you spent on it. You are probably not exercising as much as you think you are! And maybe it’s time to hit the pavement for 30 minutes a day and do some actual exercise and get moving more. On a side note, this is why we particularly like the approach of the Apple Watch over other fitness trackers. The 10000 step goal is out the window, however you have to complete 30 minutes of meaningful exercise (i.e. at a higher heart rate with some puffing) per day to reach your goal.

Are you balanced in all areas of your life

Like anything, health and fitness usually always wins if you approach your entire life with a bit of moderation. You might be walking 10,000 steps per day, but if you are drinking a softdrink or eating a cheeseburger and fries every night for dinner, you won’t see those gains.

Reaching a step goal does not give you a pass to celebrate with your favourite takeaway dinner. Moderation must be practiced everywhere. Put down the fizzy drink and the burger, go drink some water and eat a salad. That combined with reaching your fitness goals will always get you to a better result. There are experts that study and work in this area for a living – they all can’t be wrong!

Have you had a positive or negative experience with a fitness track? We’d love to hear from you in our comments section!

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