Are fitness trackers really worth it?

Are fitness trackers really worth it?

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There is no doubt that health and fitness trackers are on the rise.

The question is, are they really worth the hype? 

First things first… 

What are fitness trackers? 

Most are worn around the wrist and can track how many steps are taken, heart rate and sleep quality. Some at the higher-end of the spectrum also have GPS tracking and various workout modes.

What are the pros and cons? 

Pros

They can remind you to get active. 

Some fitness trackers such as the Fitbit can give you reminders to get active every so often.

 Yes, it might be annoying - kind of like when Netflix asks you if you’re still watching your favourite series after 3 hours; however, it is also a really handy reminder to get up and get moving. 

They provide motivation. 

Is there any better feeling than when you look at your fitness tracker after a workout and see that you smashed it?  

It’s like a mini cheerleader on your wrist! 

They help you monitor your progress

If you are starting on your fitness journey, training for an event or have a goal to improve something like running, using a fitness tracker can help you monitor your progress and make sure you keep on hitting your goals

Cons

They aren’t always accurate

There may be times when data is not being recorded accurately. For most of us, this isn’t too much of an issue. 

However, if you are training for something such as a marathon or other high-intensity event and need accurate results, fitness trackers might not be the way to go. 

Too much focus on numbers

 It can be easy to get bogged down by the results of your workouts and get too focused on the numbers which isn’t healthy; emotionally or mentally.

Focusing solely on numbers can result in unhealthy habits. 

Fitness trackers should be an aid, not something to live your life by.

When it comes to fitness trackers it comes down to personal preference – some people love them, and others hate them. 

There are lots of pros and cons, so do your research if you’re thinking of getting one and choose one that is most in line with your goals. 

What are your thoughts on fitness trackers? Let us know in the comments below. 

Hannah (@wellnessnwander

wellnessandwander.com

 

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