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How Fitness Trackers Can Help You See Greater Success

Image credit: FitBit.

Image credit: FitBit.

By Sheryl Plouffe
Weather Broadcaster, The Weather Network
Friday, January 2, 2015, 12:02 PM

If you’re looking to keep tabs on your fitness progress, one thing that you should strongly be considering is a personal fitness tracker. These devices are perfect for making certain you are on track and moving forward – plus they’re quite fun to use.

Not to mention, for some people, they can be a real eye-opener as they give you real-time up-to-date stats of how much you’re moving.

Let’s take a closer look at four things you should know about these trackers:

Calorie Calculations

First, and most importantly, these trackers will approximate the number of calories you burn over the course of the day. For anyone who’s looking to lose weight, this is very helpful as weight loss is a function of calorie balance.

You’ll plug in your own personal stats and as you wear it, it’ll tabulate the numbers.

Sleep Habits

Another nice thing about some of these trackers is that they’ll also look at your sleep habits. They can track how well you’re sleeping and how often you’re getting up at night. This can help you take steps to manage your sleep schedule if need be.

Since sleep is paramount to good health, this should not be overlooked.

Distance Traveled

These trackers will also act as a pedometer, so they can help you move more throughout the day. Simply seeing the step count increasing is enough to motivate many people to get moving, plus it shows you just how much all your effort is paying off.

Since steps taken is a big part of the fat loss equation, this can really work in your favour.

Blood Pressure

Finally, some of the more advanced trackers may also monitor your blood pressure and heart rate, so if that’s a concern for you and you’d like to keep track of where you stand, that’s another thing that you’ll want to be looking into.

Here are five great trackers to consider:

Image: FitBit

Image: FitBit

Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit Flex model comes as a wristband for easy use so you can wear it on a day-to-day basis. 

It has a good battery life of 5-7 days and will track your steps taken, calories burned, and stairs climbed. It also has wireless syncing capabilities, making it extremely convenient for daily tracking.

At night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning.  Just check out the lights to see how you stack up against your personal goal.

Jawbone UP24

This tracker is another wrist band but comes with a unique feature of having a vibration alarm system that will vibrate to wake you up when you’re in a lighter sleep stage.

You can also use the vibration alarm system to remind you to get up and move when you’ve been sitting for too long.

  • Wristband tracks your movement and sleep

  • App displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood

  • Up to 7 days of battery life

  • Tracks sleep and activity

  • Log what you eat and drink & track nutritional info

Image: FitBit

Image: FitBit

FitBit Zip

The FitBit Zip model is another good option for those who need to stay on a budget and will display your calories burned and steps taken, but won’t display your stairs climbed.

It also doesn’t come with the wireless syncing option, but for the cost savings, this may be ideal for some people.

It tracks your, distance, and calories burned – and syncs those stats to your computer and select smartphones. In doing so, it celebrates how much more you do each day.

Image: Nike

Image: Nike

Nike+ Fuelband SE

The Nike+ Fuelband is a beloved tracker by many and will tell you the calories burned, steps taken, and the number of hours where you were active for at least five minutes.

This tracker does not track sleep however, so that’s one downside to be aware of.

  • Tracks the intensity of your workouts 

  • Counts steps and tells time

  • Displays your progress in real time

  • Syncs with your iOS or Android device

  • Receive move reminders that give you an extra push to get you moving every hour

Fitbit One

Finally, the Fitbit One is a perfect option for those who like something a little more discreet. You can easily hide it in your pocket or attach it to a belt clip. With a battery life of 7-10 hours, you’ll rarely have to re-charge this one.

You’ll get a readout on calories burned, steps taken, and distance travelled.

So consider picking up a tracker for yourself. They are an excellent way to stay accountable and see just how much you’re moving throughout the day and will also help you plan your diet accordingly.

Do you have trouble staying accountable to your health and fitness?  What is your biggest struggle?  Let me know in the comments below.  I read every one.

Now get trackin’!

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