5 Benefits of Fitness Trackers
Fitness trackers have taken the market and the health world by storm. With wearable technology becoming more accessible and convenient than ever, fitness trackers have seen incredible growth. According to Forbes, the market is projected to be a $34 billion industry by 2020. Still not sold on this huge fad?
Read more about some of the benefits of fitness trackers below:
When being active, many people lack a presence that holds them accountable for their fitness, whether in the form of a tracker or a personal trainer. A fitness tracker is comparable to a personal trainer, keeping track of your progress and motivating you. Many forms of wearable technology offer goal-setting tools with built-in reminders to get your attention. With these constant reminders to get active, your goals stay in sight and your fitness in focus. They are that little extra push you need to get moving.
Being fit is much more enjoyable when you can see your hard work and progress paying off. A huge benefit of wearable technology is the ability to see reports of your workouts, whether it is steps walked, calories burned, or heart rate. Almost all fitness trackers offer this component of seeing statistics whether right on your wrist, on your phone, or on a computer. By having these data sets available, it’s easier than ever to track your progress and know when you should step it up.
Fitness trackers never rest, so they can help out when you need to. Wearable technology has adapted to offer well-being tools used both inside and outside of fitness, meaning they can track your activity and resting periods. These trackers understand the importance of a good night’s sleep and the effect of sleep on energy, metabolism, as well as mental and physical health. Wearable technology goes beyond telling you how long you slept; many give you a detailed report by analyzing your sleeping patterns and the depth of your slumber.
Options to Fit Your Lifestyle
With the large variety of fitness trackers out there, you are bound to find at least one that encompasses all of the tools you’d need. Many Fitbits monitor heart rate and breathing, while the Apple Watch goes a bit further and can track your diet. Want to listen to music? Check out the TomTom Spark 3. Want help managing your stress? The Garmin Vivomove HR is for you. Don’t like the look of trackers? Try a hybrid solution like the Nokia Steel HR, which looks like an analog watch. Need help tracking your sleep? The Misfit Ray will be your new best friend. Many of these elements are combined in trackers, such as the Fitbit Alta HR, just in case you wanted all of the bells and whistles. Figure out what’s most important to you and go from there.
Lacking motivation to work out and be fit? Make it a race!
Many trackers have social components and can pair with devices nearby and in the workplace to make fitness a game. You can host challenges, post to social media, and create workout groups with those nearby and have some friendly competition to challenge you to reach your goals. Along with competition in group fitness comes support from others, which can make a vast difference in your results.
Did you know...
As fitness trackers become more common, their features become more useful. With countless components for health and wellbeing, wearable technology offers support from your morning workout to the time your head hits the pillow. With the plethora of trackers available, you’ll be sure to find a device that suits your needs.
Here at Benovate, our coworkers aim to keep up with the latest health technology trends by trying new products and fads, so we tested out 4 of the most widely-used wearable health trackers to see which ones are top-notch technology. Most of these trackers also have phone apps to go with them, and all of these can be connected to a Benovate account.
Need some extra motivation?
If you’re a member, join our upcoming step contest - Step Into 2018, starting on Monday, January 15th. Sign ups begin Monday, January 1st - Sunday, January 14th. All you have to do is make sure your tracker or app is connected to your platform and opt in on the contest card. More details to come!
Log in to Benovate to connect your tracker and start earning points for all the healthy activities you participate in. Not a member? Talk to you employer about getting started.