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Use technology to your fitness advantage. Get fit and healthy with the best gadgets on the market. This week, I’ll share which fitness devices can really help you enhance your fitness level.
Technology is both a gift and a curse. It makes our lives easier and keeps us connected, but it also keeps us seated. Living a sedentary lifestyle can make you gain weight, lose important joint mobility and make you feel tired. So, if you love technology, consider embracing some FIT TECH so you can experience the joy of playing with a new gadget while getting fit and learning about your body.
From watches to bands, to phone apps and more, just exploring fitness technology options will get any tech savvy individual excited. If you’re worried about wearing an ugly device, there’s no need to panic. They come in many sizes, styles and colors to suit even the most fashion conscious individuals. If wearing a device is not for you there are several that attach to your waistband, or simply download a fitness app to your smart phone.
As a trainer I have found that a simple accountability tool can truly help people to get more active each day. Arming yourself with the ability to monitor your activity and rest patterns can help you to stay on track with reaching your targeted amount of daily activity, as well as assess how much sleep you are getting. Activity and rest are two important factors to understand, especially if you are on a weight loss program or trying to improve your athletic performance.
There are many sophisticated and expensive gadgets on the market for the avid exerciser, but for beginners keeping it simple is a great, affordable way to get started.
Before you go out and spend your hard earned dollars on the newest fit tech, have a think about what features are important to you so that you spend only what is needed.
Walking is a great first step that inactive people can take to start improving their overall fitness level. Using a simple pedometer that clips to your waistband is a great way to get started with monitoring your level of daily activity. A healthy goal to try and reach is 10,000 steps per day. I recommend getting a simple pedometer if you are new to exercise and not incredibly tech savvy, because you can pick one up for as little as $4 and they are very easy to use.
Keep It Going by Staying Accountable
Devices that have the ability to reward you for your efforts can be incredibly effective. Some have flashing lights or start buzzing once you have hit your target for the day, and others text you a “great job” message to let you know you have accomplished your goal. It may sound silly, but so many people once they get started with an app or wrist device feel guilty when they don’t get that reward message each day. I’ve heard people at my own office admit to going for an after dinner walk so they don’t go to bed without reaching their target for the day.
Up Your Fitness Level and Get Competitive with a Challenge
Many apps give you the ability to challenge family members or complete strangers in an online format. This has brought a fun competitive edge to getting active. I feel that joining an online challenge can be effective for helping you to stay on track, because other people are monitoring your activity level and can remind you to get up off the couch.
Track Your Nutrition
When you are on a health and fitness journey, keeping track of your daily nutrition in addition to your activity is important. The more active you become the greater attention you need to pay to your daily nutrition. There are some great apps that you can download for free to your smart phone that will help you to track your daily calorie consumption, and help you to become more aware of what choices are healthy.
Improve Your Performance
Once you have started on your fitness journey, in addition to keeping track of your activity level, it’s fun to start using fitness technology to enhance your training experience and get better results. Investing in a heart rate monitor can help you to train more effectively and better track your improvement over time.
I’m a big believer in keeping track of what you are doing each day. With our busy modern lifestyle, it’s easy to skip a workout and make unhealthy dietary choices without even realizing it. When you do this on a regular basis, it can have a negative impact not only on your weight or waist size but also on the way you feel overall.
My favorite saying is ‘no excuses.’ So, if you believe that fitness technology is not for you, but you need to improve your daily habits, a simple pen and paper will do. However you decide to track your daily habits is up to you. Just know that keeping track of your day may help you to stay accountable and get the best results.
Samantha Clayton is responsible for all activities relating to exercise and fitness education for Independent Herbalife Members and employees. Through in-person training sessions, educational tools and materials, and her blog (www.discovergoodfitness.com), she ensures that the important role of exercise as part of a healthy, active life is understood by all. She also helps create, organize and promote employee fitness programs and activities as an integral part of the company’s corporate wellness program.
A native of Liverpool, England, Samantha initially worked as a consultant for Herbalife for two years and led the Herbalife24-Fit program, the company’s first comprehensive fitness training program and DVD series.
Before joining the corporate ranks, Samantha was a professional athlete. She represented Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay events. Prior to the Olympics, she won two medals in the Olympic AAA trials – a silver medal for the 200m and a bronze for the 100m – as well as a silver medal in the 4x100m relay during the European Junior Championships in 1997. Her personal records include 11.40 seconds in the 100m and 23.02 seconds in the 200m.
Samantha is a personal trainer and group exercise coach through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and International Sport Science Association (ISSA).