5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Fitness Tracker
One in six Americans now owns and wears a fitness tracker. If your New Year’s resolution included a fitness goal and you purchased a fitness tracker to help you along the way, check out the tips below to get the most of it!
1. Wear it consistently
Just purchasing a fitness tracker won’t do much for your activity level. If you want your wearable tracker to work for you, you’ll need to keep it on consistently. Not only does wearing your tracker remind you to stay active, it also gives you the ability to have a complete picture of your activity data. If you forget to wear your tracker every Saturday and Sunday you may not realize that you’re much more, or much less, active on the weekends than during the week and won’t be able to as just your behavior accordingly.
2. Set long-term goals
Many people purchase a fitness tracker in hopes that it will help them lose weight, increase their activity, or both. If these are your goals, and you want your fitness tracker to help you achieve them, you’ll need to set a long-term goal. Think about what you want to achieve and how long you think it’ll take and set your goal accordingly.
3. Set short-term goals
As important as it is to have a long-term goal, you’ll also need to think about what you want to accomplish in the short-term. Your short-term goals should be driven by your long-term goal and should focus on objectives you can meet each week or each day. Whether is five minutes of activity per hour, or 3,000 steps by lunch, setting and meeting your short-term goals will keep you on track to meet your more ambitious ones.
4. Don’t be afraid to reassess
Once you’ve begun to integrate more activity into your day, the original 8,000 steps per day goal you set for yourself may no longer feel like a challenge. When this happens, it’s important to reassess and decide if you’d like to increase your goal.
5. Involve your friends
Most tracking apps now have the ability to add your friends and challenge them to a daily or weekly competition. If regular tracking starts to feel boring, adding a little competition can re-energize your quest for steps.
Good luck out there all you fitness trackers!