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2 Potential Dangers of Fitness Trackers

By Virginia Laird

Many might have thought the hype about fitness trackers would have run its course. With their popularity still on the rise, most who use them are looking for a sense of accomplishment at the end of a long workday. There are a ton of benefits that accompany such use. Some of the benefits include:

  • Goal setting - Most of the devices come with apps that can help guide your goals

  • Food tracking - Not only are these great with keeping track of your steps but you can use the apps to keep track of your calories and H2O intake

  • Sleep tracking - Many of the apps that accompany the trackers can be used to monitor how much, and the quality, of sleep you may be getting

As with any great and new device, the list of benefits could go for pages. And again, like all other devices, there are downfalls. It is important to be mindful of the harmful things that can come from relying fully on the fitness tracker.

Fitness Tracking Devices Can Be Detrimental to Eating

Before selecting a tracker to invest in, make sure to check out the reviews and how to use them. Many of the trackers have the ability, with the help of an app, to log your daily food intake as well. This can be a great tool. However, this can also encourage poor eating habits. As individuals rely too heavily on what the tracker (a computer) says about eating, it is entirely possible this can encourage eating disorders. It can only make suggestions as to how it has been programmed. You know your body best. Use the tracker information as only a guide.

Tracking Devices Can Cause One to Work Out Too Much

There is nothing quite like looking at the number of calories you burned during a workout. This provides a sense of accomplishment. However, the constant reminder of what you want to burn and the actual amount of what you have burned can cause one to work out too much. Over-exercising is just as detrimental to the body as not exercising at all. It is important to maintain a good balance.

Fitness tracking devices can be helpful in checking on goals you may have set but to place all faith in them would be foolish. If you are seeking help with your fitness goals or advice on workout plans, consult your chiropractor at The Joint; not only can you get some good info, but an adjustment can ensure you're in the best condition to get into shape.

For more information on your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.


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