From Fitbit trackers to Apple watches – there is no shortage of quality fitness and health trackers on the market that not only tracks your progress and effort but motivate you to live healthier in general. Here are 4 ways tech is making you fitter:
1. It motivates and challenges you
Whether your tech is motivating you to walk more by giving you a goal of 10 000 steps a day, or whether it helps you schedule and stick to your workouts in the gym – your tech motivates you to get up and get moving. And in addition to this, it challenges you to keep improving and get better (and fitter) over time so that you don’t stagnate – this can be by increasing your calories burned or steps achieved goals.
2. It educates you
Some wearable tech enables you to follow a guided workout structured and presented by personal trainers through an application on your watch. So, while you’re getting sweaty and achieving your fitness goal for the day, you’re also learning about proper form and training technique, as well as how and when to stretch, work on your mobility and foam roll. The information you have access to differs based on the application you use but, over time you’ll learn how to make better decisions and therefore live a healthier, fitter lifestyle.
3. It keeps you accountable
Everyone knows that one of the most important things that affect the success of your weight loss or fitness journey is consistency. You will not get the results you want if you’re not consistent with your effort. Your wearable tech keeps you accountable and therefore keeps you consistent by allowing you to track and log every workout you complete. This enables you to track your progress and adapt when you need to make changes, but more importantly, it keeps you consistent and accountable.
4. It rewards you
Let’s be honest, you’re more likely to do something if there is an award involved, and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it has become a popular motivational technique embraced by coaches, trainers, dieticians and even health insurance companies around the world. The more you get active, the more you’ll be rewarded and therefore, you’ll become fitter and healthier over time.
So if you feel like you need an extra push to get you to your fitness goals, it might be worth investing in a fitness tracker – if not for the progress tracking then definitely for that extra bit of motivation.
What do you think – does your fitness tracker motivate you and ultimately help you reach your fitness goals?
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Author: Mariska du Plessis
Mariska is the editor of Fitness Magazine, a writer, photographer, videographer and Wellness Blogger.
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