Do fitness trackers really work?

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Fitness trackers are really popular these days, there are budget friendly options as well as the high end Apple watch, you can sync your data tracked through this gadgets on the website or fitness tracking apps on your smart phones. Many argue over the accuracy of these trackers, but at the end of the day what really matters is getting out there and working out, and if a fitness tracker or app is motivating you to do it, it is playing it’s part really well. It is important to break the vicious cycle of a sedentary lifestyle by adding in 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day, or at least five days a week.

Fitness trackers help you set your daily calorie in and out goals, the general rule of thumb is to utilize the number of calories you are taking in during the day. How you utilize them is up to you, whether you jog in the morning or ride a cycle to work or take stairs to your office, play outdoor sports with your kids, you can burn calories any way you want. You can log in meals and foods you have taken in the day and calculate your daily calorie requirements that are different for everyone.

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Not every tracker is a high end tracker like the Apple watch that comes with many other features, there are a myriad of budget trackers that do the job perfectly. There are fitbit, jawbone, nike band, misfit and many others. There are trackers that can help you evaluate the quality of your sleep, if quality of sleep is an issue for you, you should get a tracker with this feature. A tracker can be worn as a band or clipped onto your clothes, whatever suits your lifestyle and fitness activity. A survey showed that around 21% of adults in the US have used a fitness related gadget.

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So, do these cool looking gadgets really work? Yes, some of them do, but there is always a margin of error here and there, trackers are usually appraised for how good they are at motivating comparatively very lazy and over weight people. Someone who has always worked out will continue to do so with or without a tracker, but is a tracker motivating people to work out who had always been lazy? Different studies have shown that people who used fitness trackers were more likely to work out and track their progress and continue with their healthy lifestyle than compared to people who had no assistance what so ever.

The social aspect of trackers and fitness apps is refreshing, people can compare results with their peers and set goals with each other in a non-competitive, playful and healthy manner.