5 Ways Fitness Trackers Can Help You Lose Weight
5 Ways Fitness Trackers Can Help You Lose Weight
Losing weight is a constant struggle for many people, and it's always good to have a helping hand. That's where the new generation of wearable fitness technology is so promising.
Wearable fitness trackers allow you to monitor how many calories you have burned, as well as metrics such as your heart rate, body temperature, and even your sleep patterns. But they don't just generate data; the best trackers are linked to apps that present your fitness data in easy-to-understand, usable forms.
If you are starting a fitness regimen and you need to lose weight, here are five key ways to get the most from your wearable technology.
Be Specific About Your Fitness Objectives
Professional managers know all about this, but not everyone has experience of carrying projects through to completion. To be successful, personal fitness is a project that has to be taken seriously.
Whenever you seek to lose weight, use your wearable fitness tracker to set achievable goals. One of the strengths of these devices is that they allow you to create specific workout schedules. However, they won't always assume that you are a novice.
Don't reach to high, too soon. If you are running, start with 1 km runs or 15 minutes on the treadmill. Your tracker can then start to suggest when to move on to longer routes, and show exactly how many calories you are burning at every stage.
Use Your Tracker's Automation Functions
Nobody wants to deal with complexity when they are seeking to lose weight. The simpler a fitness regimen is, the more likely it is to succeed. This should be common sense.
Take advantage of your tracker's automatic scheduling functions, so that it can remind you when you need to head out on the bike, or when you are overdue for a gym visit. It can also take regular pulse readings, wherever you are, which can clearly show your progress over time.
Instead of keeping detailed written logs of your distances or your sleep patterns, wearables can record everything and send it to specialist apps that are designed to motivate and inform the user.
Embrace the World Of the Quantified Self
You may not have heard of the Quantified Self (QS) movement, but if you are using a wearable fitness device, you are probably a member. QS is about logging your own personal behavior so that you can take control of your life, down to the smallest detail. The idea is that with information comes power. Nowhere is this more relevant than when you are losing weight.
Some people suggest you link your wearable into as many QS apps and websites as possible. That way, you can find out about healthy-living products and techniques, and share experiences with other individuals.
The evidence suggests that the more you know about yourself, the more empowered you feel to change yourself. And that's what fitness is all about: personal change from within. The QS movement is where you need to be to make that change happen.
Keep Your Attitude Upbeat
When you are losing weight, never let negative thoughts intrude. That sounds simple, but as dieters know, it isn't. One of the beauties of fitness trackers is that they include motivational features that can help to maintain a positive outlook. They are specifically designed to encourage you to stick with schedules, and they provide evidence to prove that those schedules work.
Sometimes that isn't enough. That's why wearable manufacturers are trying to link fitness trackers to social media networks. The theory is that when people are linked within a community of people trying to lose weight, they will cooperate to encourage each other.
Remember To Have Fun
Running on cold winter mornings, jogging in soulless gyms, and struggling with weights might not be everyone's idea of fun. However, there is no contradiction between enjoyment and effective weight loss through exercise.
If you don't enjoy something and you aren't being paid handsomely to do it, the chances are you will abandon it. That's why fitness trackers work to reward users with achievements, just like in video games.
Some people enjoy the competitive aspect of fitness trackers as well. With so much data available, you can compare your performance with friends', and create some healthy competition. Others just enjoy manipulating the data.
The best wearable trackers are also attractive and fun to wear. Instead of being clunky like older models, they are sleek, dynamic fashion items, as well as high-powered weight-loss tools.
If you remember these five elements of a successful weight-loss strategy, you'll see how wearable fitness technology could be the difference between a bikini body and another miserable failure. It's not easy to shed excess pounds, so employ every tool at your disposal and make it work for you. If you use them properly, wearables are fun, powerful, and effective allies for anyone who needs to lose weight.
About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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