Your Complete Guide to Using a Fitness Tracker

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Thinking of getting your very own fitness tracker? Or perhaps you got one as a Christmas gift but you don’t know how to use it to its full potential?

You’ll be surprised at the many ways fitness trackers or wearables can help you achieve your specific fitness goals and live a healthier lifestyle.

The Benefits of Using a Fitness Tracker
Fitness Tracker

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  1. Progress Monitoring

When you’re trying to reach a certain goal—especially if it’s something difficult like a 20-lb. weight loss—it’s easy to lose motivation to keep going. Using overall wellness tracking apps prevents this from happening by updating you how far you’ve come and your possible results in the long run if you stay consistent with your fitness and diet regime.

And if you’re already pumped on motivation and you just want to track your progress, the daily automated reports produced by their respective software will keep you updated.

  1. More Effective Training

If you’re into competitive sports like running, swimming, or triathlon, the heart rate monitor that comes built-in or as an optional attachment with some fitness trackers will help you reach and maintain the right heart rate for your target training zone. And if you have a heart condition or disease, it helps you avoid overexerting yourself.

  1. Better Sleep

Due to the hyper connected lifestyle we have today, it can be hard to get some shut-eye. In fact, an estimated 50-70 million U.S. adults have a sleeping or wakefulness problem, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some fitness monitoring devices have a feature to track how light or deep your sleep was throughout the evening. This way, you can make the necessary changes to help you optimize your sleep.

  1. Staying on Top of Your Nutrition

An average human being needs to drink eight glasses of water a day. This doesn’t sound much, but you’ll be surprised at how many of us can’t even drink that much water. Some fitness trackers also have a program that monitors your food and water intake, so you can always keep up with your ideal nutrition.

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