If you’re concerned about your health & fitness and are ready to do something about it, buying a wearable fitness tracker might be the next step you should take. Some popular brands include Fitbit, Jawbone, and Garmin, though new options are always appearing on the market. If you don’t yet have one of these devices, here’s why you should get one.
Keeping track of the calories you ingest and expend is an important part of losing weight, and a fitness tracker makes this easy. Just wearing the device as you go about your day can tell you how many calories you burn. Most wearable devices of this nature also have an app that makes it easy to record how many calories you eat each day, which can help a lot with weight loss.
Get More Motivation to Exercise
The ability to track how many calories you burn might seem unnecessary when you rarely work out. But the benefit of fitness trackers is that they often motivate people to start exercising more than usual. When you look at the band on your wrist and see that you have hardly taken any steps today, it can push you to change that. Most fitness trackers also have a social component built in that lets you set up challenges with your friends, further increasing your motivation to work out, kind of like having friends who push you to go to the gym with them.
Track Your Sleep
If nothing else, you can keep an eye on how well you sleep when you wear a fitness tracker. That’s because some of the most popular wearables, such as the Fitbit Charge HR, can track the number of hours you sleep at night, how many times you wake up, and even how many times you are restless throughout the night. Such trackers can then give you an average of the amount of sleep you get so you can see if you need to increase it. Considering that good sleep can improve your health & fitness overall, this is a great benefit to have.
Save Money on Insurance
One of the best things about getting into shape is that you can often save money on your health insurance, and fitness trackers can help. Some insurance companies have started offering major employers discounts on health insurance premiums when they encourage their employees to work out. Those discounts are then passed on to the employees. In most cases, the easiest way to track the workouts is with fitness trackers like Jawbone and Fitbit. When employees meet their daily step goal or complete certain workout challenges, they get to save money on health insurance. Even a slight discount can go a long way.
Then you can take the money you’re saving on insurance and put it toward a new house, car, or any other purchase you have in mind. And of course, along the way, you’ll have started on the path to improving your health & fitness using wearable technology!