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Are Fitness Trackers Really Worth It?
Whether an Apple Watch, a Fitbit, or a Samsung watch, smart watches and wearable tech are becoming almost as common as having a cell phone, and if you have friends who have one, we’re sure you never stop hearing about how great it is and how you need to get one. But is it really worth the investment?
Fitness trackers and smartwatches are much more than heart rate monitors. You’d be surprised just how much data watches give you, from workout stats to how well you sleep! We know this tech can come with a pretty hefty price tag sometimes, so if you’re debating whether or not you should shell out for a smartwatch, here’s what makes them worth it.
“It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish. It’s all a matter of discipline.” — Wilma Rudolph
4 Reasons You Should Get A Fitness Tracker
One of the most significant benefits of wearable fitness trackers is that they hold you accountable to meet your daily goals, whatever you want those to be. Seeing how much, or how little, you accomplished for the day can be a huge motivator to make you want to do more the next day. Plus, getting a little congratulations message when you meet your goal always feels good! Another great motivational tool is connecting with your friends through the tracker app so you can see each other's progress. Knowing somebody else can see your progress can add a competitive touch to fitness tracking or even let you cheer each other on!
Measure Your Progress
Fitness trackers take away all the hard work of tracking and measuring your progress; it does it all for you! Unless you’re super hardcore about tracking everything on pen and paper, it can be hard to tell whether you’re progressing or plateauing in your day-to-day training. Having data like miles, times, and even speed delivered right to your watch, and phone can help you check in on your progress more accurately and encourage a sense of accomplishment that will motivate you to keep going.
Fitness trackers allow you to set and track your health and fitness goals. Most wearables can track heart rate, calories and macros, physical activity, steps, distances, workouts, and water intake. These features are great for targeting specific goals, so you can tailor your training and nutrition to work towards your goals. Tracker apps recommend specific training and nutrition plans to help achieve your goals.
Alerts and Reminders
These wearables are designed to connect to your cell phone, so you can receive and send texts, make calls, and even set reminders from your watch. But, the valuable part here is that you’ll receive all your workout reminders and encouragements right on your wrist throughout the day. It’s easy to have your phone on silent or in the other room, so you miss those notifications, but it’s harder to ignore them when it’s buzzing right on your wrist!
Fitness trackers are all about convenience, accountability, and education. You have the convenience of a personal trainer and personal cheerleader on your wrist. Plus, you have the opportunity to learn more about your body, how you work out, and where you can improve in your day-to-day. Of course, not everyone will love fitness trackers; the best way to know if it’s right for you is to try them. Every step in a fitness journey is about trial and error, and this is no exception! It’s all about what you need and want to get out of the tech and whether or not they’ll help you achieve your personal goals.
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