When it comes to fitness trackers, most of us are making mistakes with how we use them. To get the most out of your wearable technology, make sure you’re not making the following rookie errors.
1. Taking it off
Leave it on your wrist! It’s far too simple to rush out the door in the morning on the way to work or school and not realise your fitness tracker is sitting the on the bathroom sink. How can you accurately track your steps or get a reminder you’ve been sitting for too long? The best way to counteract forgetting your tracker is to get a waterproof one. That way you can shower and swim with it.
2. Not updating personal data
If you don’t update your personal data, you won’t get accurate feedback after your exercise and be able to compare your fitness schedule to workouts you’ve completed in previous weeks. Depending on the type of tracker you purchase, some will even give individual feedback you can act on. It’s like having a your own personal trainer sitting on your wrist.
4. Focusing on soley on steps
10,000 steps is the daily minimum goal. It’s easily to neglect the other features of your wearable technology like checking the heart rate monitor. Keeping an eye on your heart rate will give you a better idea of how much effort you put into your workouts.. Your resting heart rate is also a good way to give you an overall picture of your general fitness level.
You can also track your heart, sleep and calories burnt. Some wearables will even tell you when you’ve been sitting for too long. By familiarising yourself with the special features and how to use them correctly, you will be able to get more from your device.