Tools to Keep Your Fitness on Track

Thursday, April 09 at 10:55 AM
Category: Personal Finance
They are the new rage in accessories. You see them on men, women, even teens. They may look like simple, colorful wristbands, but those who know them know they do a bit more than make you look cool and trendy. They are activity bands, such as Fitbits, the new age of pedometers that allow people to track their steps, distance and calories burned. Some even track sleeping patterns to determine how active you are in your sleep.
 
Not your father’s pedometer
What makes these bands unique is you can upload your activity directly to your computer. With Bluetooth technology, you can also sync it with your smartphone, allowing you to track your activity quickly and easily over time. You can even wear your bands in your sleep, underwater and in your shower.
 
A step in the right direction
Of course, as with any type of fitness gear or equipment, these fitness bands only work when you use them properly. They are designed for you to take 10,000 steps or roughly five miles a day, which is the number recommended by the surgeon general. If you’re just starting out, this is an extremely ambitious goal. However, by tracking your activity on a regular basis, you can work your way up to that.
 
Of course, information alone can’t make you become healthier or more fit. Fitbits are helpful if they get you to increase your activity. For example, if tracking your steps will make you more likely to go to the gym, to go for a walk, or even to take the stairs instead of the elevator, it can make a difference. Some people even turn their activity tracking into competitions, challenging friends and family members to track who can get the most exercise.
 
Finding the right fit
Ready to run out and buy an activity band? Before you do, make sure you do your research. There are different models, styles, and features — from simple trackers that monitor your heart rate and activity, to more sophisticated ones that track sleep, active minutes, and even identify callers to your smartphone.
How you use these gadgets is up to you; the important thing of course, is that you do use them.

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