8 ways your fitness band can improve your routine
Keep your new healthy eating and exercise regime on track with the help of a fitness tracker…
Fitness trackers aren’t just for super strong CrossFit fanatics. Whether you’re curious about how many steps you actually take a day, want to check your heart rate during a jog, or see how much exercise it really takes to burn off a huge meal, a fitness tracker can help.
All the data is synced to your phone so you can check in whenever you want to see your progress.
Here are 8 ways a fitness tracker can boost your routine:
1. Stay motivated
The struggle is real when it comes to staying motivated. However, charting your progress and seeing how you’re improving in real-time can make a real difference.
This is where fitness bands like the Garmin Vivofit 3 come into their own. The one-year battery life means you can track things like your steps, calories burned and sleep quality 24/7 without having to worry about charging it up every few days. You can even keep it on in the shower.
Wirelessly sync with your smartphone and use the Garmin Connect app to check on progress against your goals.
2. Check your heart rate
Understanding your resting heart rate is one of the most valuable indicators of fitness and general health – the lower it is, the fitter you are, while a high HR could signify bigger health problems.
Heart rate monitors are usually only found in expensive GPS sports watches, but some fitness bands – like the Fitbit Charge 2 – also have them.
Monitoring your heart rate can also help you exercise more effectively. The Fitbit Charge 2 shows you at a glance when you’re moving through different heart rate zones, from fat-burning to peak intensity, so you can keep your workout on track
3. Log activity automatically
It can be pretty frustrating to get to the end of your workout only to realise you forgot to start your watch.
The Fitbit Ionic detects what type of workout you’re doing and starts automatically. So, if you’re heading out on a run, it will activate GPS tracking, and if you set off doing laps of the pool, it’ll start a swim workout.
4. Never miss a call
Your workout shouldn’t interfere with your daily life. And your fitness tracker shouldn’t stop you socialising.
Smart watches and some fitness bands automatically receive notifications of messages and calls from your smartphone, so you won’t suffer from FOMO while you’re on the treadmill.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier has a built-in speaker, so you can go full James Bond and make calls, check voice messages and hear alarms with your watch. It’s also got 4 GB of music storage, so you can stream songs to your wireless headphones.
Find out more about the differences between a fitness band or sports watch with our article, Fitness band or sports watch – which is right for me?
5. Monitor your sleeping pattern
Need an excuse to hit snooze a few extra times in the morning? Getting enough sleep benefits your overall health and means you’re better refreshed and energized to take on your workout.
Most fitness bands have some kind of sleep tracker to help you maximise the amount and quality of rest you get. More advanced models track different stages of sleep and some even come with sensors to gently wake you up at the optimal point of your sleep cycle.
6. Be reminded of when to exercise
One of the hardest things about starting to exercise is adapting to the new routine. While you’re trying to get the hang of it, schedule workouts on your fitness tracker and get reminders for when it’s time to move.
Or, programme your device to give you a nudge when you've been stationary at your desk or on the sofa for too long.
The Garmin Vivofit 3 gives an audible alert when you’ve been inactive for an hour – a great excuse to take a tea break.
7. Get personal coaching
Doing the same workouts week after week can get dull, and when exercise gets boring, it’s all too easy to put off!
More advanced fitness devices such as the Garmin Vivoactive 3 have a range of structured workouts that you can download. If you’ve got a personal training plan you can also customise the workouts to get step-by-step guidance as you train.
Listening to music can help boost your workout and make exercise more enjoyable. Who doesn’t tackle the punchbag a bit harder when the opening chords of “Eye of the Tiger” come on?
The Fitbit Ionic lets you store more than 300 of your favourite songs. You can leave your smartphone or music player at home and still get tunes on the go.