If you feel like you are missing a key piece to your fitness lifestyle, you may want to look into getting a wearable, also known as a fitness tracker. This small piece of tech can be the motivation that keeps you going even when you are ready to give up. Find the right fitness tracker for your new fit lifestyle.
The Choice is Yours
Trying to find the fitness watch that will fit can be a bit overwhelming. There are hundreds to choose from, all able to preform different tasks. From minimal things, like telling you how many steps you’ve walked, to very advanced things like tracking your top speed for the day. We want you to have a good relationship with your fitness tracker, as they will act like your workout partner. Here is some information to help get started.
It’s About Staying Active
Make sure you strive to increase your workouts and goals as you get stronger/better. Pushing your goals higher is what makes fitness trackers such a great motivating asset. If you consistently hit your number of steps for the day or week, bump them up a thousand or so and challenge yourself to go above and beyond.
Make sure your fitness plan fits your lifestyle. If you work at a job where you are on your feet all day, you might be able to hit a high calorie burn or step count per day, but make sure you are always setting goals that challenge you. Or maybe you work a desk job, your wearable will help you get up and active throughout the day so you can keep moving up with your goals.
Try to wear your fitness tracker all the time. The fit life looks good on you, no need to take it off. Finding a wearable that is durable and waterproof for an active life is a must. Like any other device in this digital world, your fitness tracker has to be charged from time to time. Charging them at the right time to avoid forgetting to put them back on is another great way to stay motivated to hit those goals. The less you have it off means the more you will use it.
Set Your Goals
As the watch monitors your activity, it will show you which goals you reach. Most watches will track your heart rate and the intensity of your workout, so if you sustain a level of intensity for over a period of time, you will reach certain goals in your plan. As the watch tracks this, the app or software you use will assess which goals were reached for the week/month.
Examples of Goals:
- Burning a certain number of calories a day/week.
- Hitting a set number of steps
- Sustained Heart Rate for X amount of time throughout the day
Track With the Best
Get a fitness app that works right for you. Most wearables should suggest or come with an app/software for that specific brand. Don’t be afraid to explore, most should sink up with other fitness apps as well.
Fitness Trackers With GPS
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
Garmin GPS Forerunner 35
Garmin Forerunner 620
Garmin Forerunner 230
Garmin Forerunner 235
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Getting the Most From GPS
We suggest getting a watch that is all inclusive. Meaning, it has the capability to track all major vital areas while active. Such as time, steps, heart rate and calories. As well as your distance traveled and the pace you traveled at.
Garmin is known for their incredible GPS products, so it’s only fitting they put out a ton of great fitness trackers that have top of the line GPS systems in them. If you are a runner or a cyclist, you need a watch with a GPS. This will allow you to track distance and pace with pinpoint accuracy.
Most fitness watches will monitor your sleep as well. This means is it will track your heart rate through the night as well as any restlessness or movement that occurs. Then, using an algorithm, show you how restful your sleep was. It will let you know how long you were in certain types of sleep, such as deep sleep or REM. You are able to set and track sleep goals to add to a healthier you.
Eat better and use a meal/diet plan with your watch. As noted before, a fitness tracker is no magic wand to a healthy lifestyle. While it is counting the calories you burn, you can be sure to count the calories you put back into your body. A great meal plan can go a long way when used correctly with a fitness tracker.
Stay motivated and active with the fitness tracker that fits you.
We’d Put These on Our Wrist
Fitbit Charge 2 Wristband
Fitbit Charge Wristband
Fitbit Alta Activity Tracker
Under Armour Monitor Band
Fitbit Blaze Activity Tracker
Polar A300 Activity Tracker Bundle
Polar A360 Activity Tracker
Garmin Vivomove® Sport
Fitbit Surge Fitness Watch
TomTom Runner Cardio Wearable
iFit Vue Activity Tracker
Garmin Vívosmart® HR+ with GPS