Over the past few years or so, this product has been taking the fitness world by storm – fitness trackers. Fitness trackers are any type of wearable electronic devices that can track or monitor metrics pertaining to health. This could include calories consumed and burned, distance travelled (walking or running), and even sleep quality.
Most fitness and activity trackers can be worn like a watch, clip-on devices, shoe clips, earbuds, to name some. Some trackers can collect data from the device itself, transmit that data to a smartphone or a PC, or even both. Popular fitness and activity trackers include wearables made by Fitbit, Garmin, Apple, Samsung, etc.
The popularity of these fitness and activity trackers to today’s health-conscious world is pretty evident. What started out as a small niche market has grown by leaps and bounds when it became the most popular wearable device in 2017 and is forecasted to increase to over 105 million units shipped with over a whopping 3.33 billion USD in revenue by 2022.
Other studies show that the Asia Pacific region will exceed the forecast. So why are people going nuts over fitness and activity trackers? Let’s see the different ways fitness trackers can help with your health goals to see what the fuss really is all about.
1. Get Motivated
One way fitness trackers can help you smash your health goals is motivating you to exercise. Motivation is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to anyone’s fitness journeys. Think about it, how many times have you stopped working out just because you don’t feel like exercising some days? Or how many good diets have fallen through just because you are not seeing any weight loss? Lack of motivation is the number one health goal killer.
Fitness trackers keep us motivated by constantly sharing data like calories burned, distanced walked or ran, sleep scores, etc. Some fitness trackers also have visual reminders and virtual coaches that could push or inspire you and keep you motivated. Seeing such data often encourages people to keep count and keep moving to reach their goals, as they are able to quantify their progress and thus feel more fulfilled.
2. Reminds You to Stay Hydrated
It is no secret that staying hydrated is a very important part of keeping healthy. Water is crucial for your body to maintain temperature, lubricate your joints, carry nutrients, and remove waste. According to Healthhub SG, we need at least 2 litres of water every day.
Most fitness trackers today have a water intake tracker which means that the device can keep reminding you to have a sip based on your daily requirements.
3. Helps to Track your Calorie Intake
One reason why people find it hard to lose weight is that it's hard for them to track what they eat and how much they lose. Without a good grasp on your calorie intake, it's going to be difficult for you to know if your physical efforts are not being hampered by consuming too many calories.
Fitness trackers usually have an accompanying app. These typically have a calorie intake tracker that lets you keep a food diary and compare that with how much calories you lose. This gives users a chance to check whether they are eating and exercising efficiently.
4. Measure your Heart Rate
More advanced fitness trackers nowadays have the ability to measure your active and resting heart rate. Why is this important? Well, knowing your heart rate helps you figure out if you are overdoing your exercises (fast heart rate) which could be bad for your health.
Plus, keeping it within the normal range is very important as consistently abnormal heart rate might be a sign that you might need to visit your family doctor.
Don’t like running and walking? Fitness trackers are advancing so rapidly that there are some models now that can track more specific exercises like cycling, climbing stairs, treadmill runs, and even weightlifting.
What’s even better is that most premium fitness trackers out there in the market are waterproof to a generous depth. Which means that you can take your fitness trackers swimming!
6. Keeps you moving
Walking every day is a good way to ensure that you are getting enough exercise for your day. According to Active Health, you should at least do 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous exercise. And this is where fitness trackers really shine.
Most fitness trackers have precise pedometer functions that makes tracking your daily walking progress as easy as could be. Plus, most fitness trackers out there give out constant reminders throughout your day that will help to keep you on your toes and move about. With a fitness tracker, sitting idle at the office for hours, which is bad for your posture and health, can be avoided.
7. Sleep Better
Getting enough sleep is important if you really want to promote a healthy lifestyle for yourself. Sleep helps repair muscle, rest your body, and maintain a good mood. From athletes to the regular joes, sleep is something that our body needs to balance any physical exertions throughout the day.
Luckily, a lot of fitness trackers can help you sleep better by helping you schedule when you need some shuteye. It can also grade the quality of your sleep and let you know if you are getting proper rest. This way, users can start adjusting their workout and daily schedules to help them get optimal sleep.
Technology Can Improve Your Health!
It’s great to see that there are more and more devices like fitness trackers that are geared towards making people’s lives healthier. Health is something a lot of us might take for granted as we go through the humdrum of daily life. Don’t be afraid to use technology to help you be fitter and healthier.
For more tips to improve your overall well-being, check our AXA Health page. If you would like to protect yourself from future health risks, consider purchasing AXA health insurance for your protection.
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