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What You Should Know about Fitness Trackers

By Sara Butler

Fitness trackers are all the rage. They’re high tech, a little bit flashy and scream “fitness!” While all that is great, a fancy fitness tracker isn’t going to get you out of bed in the morning to exercise. That is, unfortunately, something you have to do for yourself. But fitness trackers do have their place, just as long as you view it the right way. It’s more of a fitness buddy than a fitness magic bullet. Here’s how you can get the most out of your fitness gadget and use it to help you attain your fitness goals.

Fitness Trackers: Who Are They Good For?

There are all kinds of fitness trackers on the market today, each with features that make them sound like they can do nothing short of parting the Red Sea. The trick is to find the right one for you that will help you to reach your individual fitness goals.

For example, if swimming is your main thing, then you should consider a waterproof model. Think about the features of the tracker and how you would use them, if at all. Some models have a screen, some don’t. They have different data limits, fit on your wrist or simply clip on your belt, and some even track your heart rate for you. Which of the features would be most useful for you?

These trackers are expensive, so it will pay to do some research before investing in one that will best suit your needs.

How to Get the Most Out of It

Once you’ve picked up your new fitness tracker, you can get the most out of it by:

  • Setting clear goals – Sit down and think about the final destination on your fitness journey and devise a plan to get there. Set small goals along the way so you don’t fizzle out along the way. Tracking your stats and updating them regularly is a good step.
  • Making benchmarks attainable – These will help you along the way to your ultimate goal but make sure you’re making them realistic. When you reach your little benchmarks along the way, reward yourself.
  • Wearing it on the non-dominant wrist – Studies have found these gadgets to be more accurate when worn on the non-dominant wrist.
  • Adding other apps – Your fitness tracker may recommend additional apps to help you, and you should use them!

Now get out there and get moving!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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