Fitness Trackers for Chiropractic Patients
By Sara Butler
Exercise and chiropractic go together just like peas and carrots. In fact, the chiropractors at The Joint recommend regular exercise to patients in order to help them heal, boost their mood, and help manage pain. In the world of exercise, fitness trackers have become all the rage, but do these hi-tech gadgets really help people to improve their health, reach their fitness goals, and complement their chiropractic care?
Getting Fit with Tech
In truth, it takes more than a fancy gadget to get a person in shape and improve their fitness. Even the fanciest gadgets in the world won’t get you out of bed in the morning for a trip to the gym before work. Tech sure is cool and exciting, but at the end of the day, it won’t make you fit. That’s only something you can accomplish.
If a person buys a fitness tracker with the belief it will be some kind of magic fitness bullet, it’s just not going to happen. It’s a great buddy in a fitness journey and can help a person reach their overall fitness goals, but the person wearing the device is ultimately the one in control of everything.
How to Get the Most from a Fitness Tracker
Once a fitness tracker has been purchased, a plan will need to be made in order to get the most from it. These tips can help:
- Identify clear goals – When a fitness quest is started, the first thing to do is identify goals. Trackers can record stats so that progress can be recorded and updated, which ultimately helps push people in pursuit of their goals.
- Create benchmarks – While it a great idea to have an overall goal, small victories along the way should be recognized. Many fitness trackers make it possible to track smaller goals along the way to larger ones, and those small benchmarks should be celebrated too.
- Wear on non-dominant hand – Research has found trackers to be more accurate when worn on the non-dominant wrist throughout the day. Make sure this is done when calibrating the tracker to your stride.
- Incorporate apps – Other apps are available to help people in pursuit of goals that make them interesting and fun. Often, these apps can be synced with a fitness tracker.
The fitter you are, the more effective your chiropractic treatments will be. So, feel free to use fitness trackers to help you in pursuit of your fitness goals and to help your reach your chiropractic goals too!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.