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Do Fitness Trackers Work? | Are They the Best Way To Track Your Fitness Progress?

Over the past couple of years, fitness trackers have become the favorite gadget among the fitness conscious. But do they improve your fitness, or even track it effectively? Here’s what you should consider before investing in this popular new technology.

What Does A Fitness Tracker Do?

Fitness trackers are varied, but the main premise is to monitor certain fitness indicates such as your heart rate or steps taken and to work out how many calories you have burned throughout the day.

Other trackers include devices or apps that monitor your distance walking, running or cycling through a GPS system. Some even monitor your calorie intake or sleep patterns.

Trackers Alone Are Not an Incentive

If you are starting your fitness journey afresh, it can make sense to buy a fitness tracker to mark out your progress.
However, studies have shown that a fitness tracker does not increase the physical activity of users. This suggests that being able to track your progress is not in itself an incentive to be more active.

Starting out, you may find you feel more like exercising as the novelty of your fitness tracker is still fresh. But make sure you have a goal more specific than just being more active, which will keep you motivated when the tracker novelty wears off.

Do you want to be able to lift a certain weight before the end of the year, or run a specific distance without stopping?

Use your fitness tracker to measure your effort levels and to reflect on the progress you have made so far.
If you are struggling to get up the motivation to work out to your full potential, consider investing the cost of a fitness tracker into an exercise class that interests you or a personal trainer. After all, the tracker only tracks what you do, it doesn’t make you do it.

Are Fitness Trackers Accurate?

Different trackers have varying methods for tracking your healthiness and the calories you have burned in the day. It’s important to note that there are other factors to consider when tracking fitness and calorie burning. For example, muscle is more adept at burning calories than fat.

However, they will be effective in calculating your progress. Plus, if you want to know which activities work you the hardest, this will also be something that can be accurately measured.

GPS style trackers can be very effective at monitoring your pace as you take on distances. For example, you might be able to pinpoint where you begin to lose energy and focus on breaking that pattern to blast through your PB.

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So Should You Get A Fitness Tracker?

If you want to get data to help you reach your fitness goals, a fitness tracker could be perfect for you. Establish your goals, and work out where a tracker would help you improve. The tracker will not help you do the work – but it will help you work out effectively if you use it right.

A tracker could also be key if you feel you are not making progress and aren’t sure why. This is particularly so in the case of calorie consumption monitors and sleep monitors. By effectively tracking the changes you make and the effects they have, you should be able to remove the guesswork and crack your fitness issues at a much quicker pace.

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye has an MSc in Sport Physiology and Nutrition, and puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding. She enjoys a pun, and in her spare time loves dog walking and eating out.


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