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Could You Benefit from Using a Fitness Tracker

Is it time for you to join the trend?

fitness tracker, what are the benefits?

In 2018, companies used an estimated 13 million fitness tracking devices for their workplace wellness programs because they know something important: Consistently using a fitness tracker can increase your steps each day by over a mile.

But how do you know if a fitness tracker is right for you? Here are some things to consider.

Do you have a hard time staying motivated?

If you answered yes to this question, join the club! A study revealed 80% of American adults do not exercise the recommended amount each week (which is 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise). And anyone who has gone to the gym in January knows that most people start off strong but fizzle out after a few months.

Fitness trackers help motivate you by giving you visual charts of your activity levels. You can make being active a game with yourself. Will you turn your 5-day streak of 10,000 steps in to 10 days? You can also set up reminder alerts to make sure you don’t forget to accomplish your daily goal.

Do you need an accountability partner?

Most trackers can link up with a family member or friend’s tracker. This means they can see how much you move each day and help hold you accountable for the goal you’ve committed to do. If you know someone else is keeping track of your activity, you might be more likely to stick to a routine.

Do you have a streak of competitiveness?

If your friends also want to accomplish some fitness goals, linking your information is a great way to kick your competitive soul into gear! You might just find yourself going for a walk at 10 p.m. just to get sneak in a few extra steps.

Inactivity kills more people per year than smoking

In 2012, more than 5 million deaths were linked to inactivity. It’s no secret that exercise is critical for your body, but even simple movements like walking can make a world of difference. In fact, walking just three hours a week can lower a woman’s risk of stroke by 43%.

If tracking your activity on a fitness monitor helps you get a few more steps in, these preventive benefits seem well worth the effort.

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It doesn’t have to be expensive

You can buy fitness trackers with heart rate monitors that track your overall fitness, as well as help determine the calories you’ve burned.

But don’t let cost keep you from tracking your fitness. If you don’t have $140 to spend on a fitness band, there are many free apps that do a great job—here are some options for Android or Apple. Google Fit is another great option that counts your steps and allows you to set goals.

Whatever it takes, get your body moving. And if a fitness tracker can help, let’s see who can get to 10,000 steps first.

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