Fitness Trackers: Your Daily Workout Pal and Motivator

By amrit shergill Jul 26, 2020

We all suffer from a common illness today, the “sitting disease.” As we immerse our heads into the digital world for long hours, we don’t realize the harm it is causing to our body. We are practically sitting ourselves to an early death! Don’t get disheartened, we are getting to benefits of fitness trackers and why to use one in the first place; let’s just go over a few facts first.

A 2010 study reported that people who spend more than 6 hours a day sitting, with low levels of physical activity have a 71% increase in mortality rate. The WHO says that physical inactivity accounts for 6% of deaths, globally, the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. We don’t want to seed the negativity, but the facts speak for themselves. This only shows the need to maintain an active lifestyle.

Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

Before we go ahead and talk about our product, let’s just build an argument first (we’ve built a pretty convincing argument)! For starters, when you stay/remain sedentary for long periods of time, the body’s metabolic rate goes down significantly, inviting a host of diseases, like diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and so on.

At the same time, the urge to clock your 5:00 am workout hardly kicks in. Lack of motivation, lethargy and low energy levels takes you further away from your goal. Sounds familiar?

Benefits of Fitness Trackers: 5 Reasons to Use

A fitness tracker is great for busy workaholics! This is your own personal fitness trainer that lets you workout on your own terms. One of the fastest-growing workout accessories today, the wearable fitness tracker market is expected to generate revenues of $48.2 billion by 2023, and with good reason.

Let’s explore why these gadgets are such a fad today. Here are some benefits of fitness trackers in day-to-day lives.

Benefits of Fitness Trackers
Young fitness woman setting up her smartwatch for the run outdoors

1. All-Rounder Gadgets

Gone are the days, when fitness trackers meant just measuring the number of steps you took in a day. Of course, that’s important too. About 10K steps/day should be a target for adults, to stay healthy and reduce health conditions, like high blood pressure and heart disease.

But, today trackers can do so much more:

  • 24/7 heart rate monitoring
  • Activity tracking
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • In-built timer and stopwatch to analyze your workout performance
  • Notifications for calls, texts, social media updates, and even weather forecasts
  • Ready-made workout/diet plans
  • Third-party app integration/sync with other devices

That’s more than what a Swiss knife can do! Fitness trackers can help you make and reach health goals, bit by bit. Hey, these are facts, so while it might seem like our opinions are biased, they aren’t, at least not entirely.

2. Improve Accountability

We know it’s tough to maintain active lifestyles, good thing fitness trackers can help you do the heavy lifting, not literally, figuratively of course. With a host of customisable options, right from move reminders and real-time insights, managing an active lifestyle isn’t too difficult. You can also integrate your tracker with third-party apps, to track your workout sessions or invite a friend to challenge. After all, misery always loves company! A study shows that 95% finished a weight loss program successfully by being part of a group, compared to 76% who did it alone.

3. Ready-Made Exercise and Diet Programs

Some people don’t want pushy personal trainers, others can’t afford one. Most fitness trackers today are loaded with readymade programs for diet plans, weight-loss or general fitness. This means no more jotting down inputs from trainers. Trackers can suggest plans according to your current fitness levels, customized to your goals.

4. Developing a Fitness Routine

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither can you get into an intense exercise routine nor can you start eating healthy one day? So, have patience, you can’t expect amazing fitness levels overnight. A healthy body is a culmination of many facets, including proper diet, good exercise, avoiding bad habits and leading a stress-free life.

Fitness trackers can help you inculcate good habits. For instance, it can put a priority on your sleep routine. Studies show that better quality sleep can improve all sorts of problems, from keeping depression at bay to improving athletic performance. Having a fitness tracker on your hand will constantly remind you to follow these habits.

5. Measure Your Progress

Fitness trackers are all about the numbers, and numbers can be improved. Trackers can help you see improvement over time, which gives a great sense of achievement. You get to understand what works for your body and what doesn’t, rather trying out every strategy mentioned in the health magazines.

What We are Getting At...

The ultimate end goal is to be healthy, and fitness trackers help achieve that in several ways. So, why not give it a try!

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