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 are slim rubber bands worn on your wrist all day and all night. By tracking everything from your steps taken to calories consumed and syncing the data to a phone app, they give you a clear picture of your health.
Improve your routine in 8 ways with a fitness band…
1. Stay motivated
Struggling for motivation to keep you going? It’s much easier to stick to your fitness goals if you can chart your progress and see how you’re improving with each passing week.
This is where fitness bands like the TomTom Touch come into their own. This device tracks your activity 24/7, capturing things like your steps, active time and distance covered. Wirelessly sync with your smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth and connect to the MySports app to keep all your vital statistics in one place.
2. Measure your body fat
Ever wondered just how effective your workout is at helping you to turn body fat into muscle? Some fitness bands can give you an accurate picture of your body composition. All you have to do is push a button on the TomTom Touch and you’ll see the percentage of your body that’s made up of fat compared to muscle.
If you find you’re not getting the results you want, you can tailor your workout to include more cardio or more weight training.
3. Understand your heart rate
Resting heart rate is an important indicator of fitness and general health. A lower rate suggests you are in reasonably good health, whereas a high rate can be linked to health problems. With a fitness tracker like the TomTom MyTouch you can monitor your heart rate at the push of a button.
Heart rate monitors are often reserved for the more expensive GPS sports watches, so to find one on a fitness tracker is a real benefit.
4. Get started with jogging
Though there are better options for detailed tracking for serious runners, fitness bands are a great way to get started with casual jogging. Once your fitness band has helped you build up exercise through walking more and taking the stairs, why not also use it for building up to a 5K run?
When you get more serious about running you may want to upgrade to a GPS sports watch though. Fitness band or sports watch – which is right for me?
5. Be reminded when to exercise
It can be hard work getting into the swing of a new fitness regime. While you’re still adjusting, schedule workouts on your device and get reminders when it’s time to move.
Or, if you often sit for hours at your desk or in front of the TV, some fitness bands can be programmed to give you a nudge when you've been inactive for too long.
6. Eat better
Exercising is only half the battle – eating a healthy, balanced diet will ensure you get the best results from your workouts.
Fitness bands like the TomTom Touch can record exactly how many calories you burn every day, helping you to plan your meals – and know when you can allow yourself the odd treat.
7. Never miss a call
Some fitness bands also make it easier for you to fit your workout into your daily life. The TomTom Touch can automatically receive notifications of messages and calls, so you don’t have to break away from what you’re doing.
8. 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 can help you get the most out of your workouts.
Go for a fitness band with a built-in sleep tracker that helps you maximise the amount and quality of rest you get. Some bands even come with sensors to gently wake you up at the best time in your sleep cycle.