How can you use activity trackers to reach your goals?

More and more people are using wearable fitness trackers and there are plenty of good reasons for this.  An activity tracker can encourage us to be more active by giving us real time information. In the gym I attend we wear heart rate monitors during our classes to keep an eye on our effort. We can ensure we are putting the right amount of effort at the right time. There is also a focus on making sure we recover well from each high intensity set.

Different health experts recommend different measurements to increase our fitness and improve your overall health, Whether it be 10,000 steps a day or 150mins a week your activity tracker can do this. A fitness tracker gives us a smart, easy way to track our progress towards this goal.

Set your own goals

Most fitness trackers come with a preset goals, whether it be steps, kilometres or calories burnt. It is important we have decided what it is WE want to achieve in order to reach our overall goal. This will help inform us of the goals we want to achieve via our activity trackers. We have talked about having clear and specific goals. So what is it you want to achieve? Weight loss, improved fitness or a specific fitness goals, like running a marathon?

Once we have  a clear vision we can use our activity tracker to track our progress towards our goals and give us real time feedback. It’s important to set realistic goals – we want to have success. We can always increase (or change) our goals as we move forward. We are more likely to keep going if we have success. On my activity tracker  I have my daily steps set at 7,500 steps. I usually hit 10,000 steps  most day but there are days I work out in the gym or do pilates or yoga and I know 10,000 steps are unreasonable, as it is a different type of movement. For me knowing I can reach my set goal each day is encouraging and keeps me going. For you, setting it a bit higher maybe more motivating. You will know yourself the best and what are your best motivators, if not seek  a Wellness Coach to help you learn more about reaching your goals.

Wear on your non-dominant wrist

A study in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that when participants wore a wrist and a waist tracker throughout the day, the wrist trackers were more accurate at determining steps taken. It is suggested you wear the band on your non-dominant wrist because it moves less (and just because your wrist is moving it doesn’t necessarily mean your feet are). If your tracker allows, adjust the setting to specify which wrist you are wearing it on.

Sync with other apps

Get all your wellness data in one place by connecting your fitness tracker app with other health apps, like MyFitnessPal for food tracking. Cyclists can use a range of apps, software or devices to collect data. Check out Bikemunk’s great review of cycling software and cycling computers.

Regularly review your goals.

Review your goals every month. You will need to adjust your markers on the activity tracker to ensure you keep moving forward.

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