As you probably know, overweight and obesity may increase the risk of many health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. People are now more aware about their health but they don’t know how to start be in shape and to stay motivated. This is where a fitness wearable device can become handy if you use it effectively. In this post I will tell you what type of wearable technology and fitness devices are available these days and how they can improve your health and help you lose weight.
What Is A Fitness Wearable?
Basically, a fitness wearable is a device that you can wear who monitor and track your daily fitness activity. With technology always advancing, you can now find smartwatches to shoes that have activity tracker sensors to help you collect data about your overall physical health.
You can then analyze your health info directly into the smartwatch or by sending it to a smartphone or computer (with the aid of an app) and find out what you done so far and what can be improved. Having a device that tracks your well-being can be self-motivating and keep you active long term.
Please note that these wearable devices collect precious well-being data but doesn’t make any decisions about one’s health. So keep it in note. Still, you can use that data, change your eating habits and you will probably lose weight. I will take more about eating habits (calorie intake) below.
There is a ton of wearable devices that can help you get active, fit and healthy but they don’t do all the same thing.
Here’s a list of features that a wearable device can offer:
Heart rate monitor: This type of sensor can be either optical or used with a chest strap. They can tell you your heart rate when doing a sport or activity.
Calorie monitor: This feature can tell you how many calories you have spent during the day or after a workout or sport.
Step counter: Like the pedometer, it record your steps you take during a day but also calculate the distance you have traveled.
Sleep monitor: This one show you the amount of hours you have slept during a night (or for an averaging week). Some devices can even tell you how peaceful and undisturbed was your previous sleep for better recovery.
Fitness tracker: Also known as activity tracker, this wearable device does it all. It can be equipped with all the features above and even exporting your fitness data to a PC/smartphone and check your progress, share it with an online community or even set up new challenges/goals.
Finding The Right Wearable For You
OK. Knowing what a wearable device can do is fine but which one is the best ”fit” for you? Not that easy right? Of course, it will depend on the activity/sport you want to dedicate your time but also how much it will cost you.
If you don’t have much money to invest on a new fitness wearable, you can use your smartphone (someone don’t have a smartphone these days?) as a good back-up. By using the internal GPS, a fitness app like Runkeeper (or Runtastic) and you can monitor your daily steps or the distance completed for a walk or run. Purchasing a phone armband would be good for persons that hate phones moving all over the place.
For people that don’t like having a phone stuck to the arm or inside a pocket (I don’t, and I hate receiving calls or notifications when I exercise), you should go with a fitness tracker. You can find some between $50-100 for starters and up to $500 if you are looking for a ”top-notch” device.
In the next days, I will add a post and go more into details about each type of devices, brands and compare what they can offer to each individual. Stay tuned…
How To Lose Weight: Calories In VS Calories Out
In the fitness world, it’s not only exercising and staying active that leads to weight lost but also what and how you eat. Bringing us to calories. Calories are simply a measure of energy. Energy that you absorb into the body (eating) or burning (moving, doing exercises/sports).
Let’s put it that way: to lose weight you need more burned calories than absorbed by your body daily. Since a fitness tracker can show you the amount of calories you have burned, you can easily use an application to enter your calorie intake and see what you need to change in your diet.
There are many applications that can help you calculate your calories intake vs calories spent. You can find useful apps using the Internet (Google is your best friend :)) or by downloading them directly to your phone (using Apple Store and Play Store). I admit it, It can be frustrating or boring to do at the beginning but it will pay off at the end. Trust me, and you will get use to it the more you do it.
Be Committed Toward A Specific Goal
At the beginning of each year, as a resolution people want to get in shape.
They start going to the gym or get active but by the end of the month there motivation start dropping and they go back to square one. Why is this happening? It’s because they have not committed themselves mentally and have not set specific goals to their training.
If you only see the ”big picture”, you will feel depress and stop losing motivation easily but if you are leaning toward a specific goal, this will keep you going thru and move forward.
I hope this article has clear up a bit your mind about what is a fitness wearable and how it can be a great addition to improve your health and help you lose weight. In the next weeks, I will publish more posts that will talk about different topics related to fitness wearables so you can take out the most out of your fitness device. If you have any comments, make sure you add them below, it will be really appreciated. It will be a pleasure to get in touch and know your thoughts about this post.
See ya soon.