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. Compare active minutes
Sometimes all you need to keep to your routine is the guilt over how little you might have done so far.
The Fitbit Alta HR lets you check how many minutes you've been active compared to the time you've spent stationary.
It'll show you how much more work is needed to reach your daily target, so you can work your plans around your workouts and adjust the data throughout the day. You'll never miss a chance to fit some exercise in!
4. Never miss a message
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 from your smartphone, so you won’t suffer from FOMO while you’re on the treadmill.
The Garmin Vivosport shows your messages on its screen, so you can go full James Bond and stay updated on-the-go with your watch.
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 Vivosport 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.
8. Be recognised for all your hard work
It's all well and good being nagged by your fitness band when you don't get up and exercise, but sometimes you might just need some positive reinforcement instead.
Some fitness bands will send you a congratulatory note when you reach certain fitness goals, inspiring you to take your exercise to the next stage.
The Goji Go Activity Tracker is one such device - by syncing your fitness data to your smartphone, it'll alert you when you when you hit your targets.