Fitness Trackers – The Easiest Possible Way to Improve Your Health

Wouldn’t it be great to find some kind of trick that increases your activity without you even knowing it?  Using an activity monitor could be exactly that for you – a way to boost your exercise without adding routines or finding a new exercise class to join.

It’s very easy now to keep track of your activity, whether it is the basic step counting and mileage tracking built into an iPhone now, or a more sophisticated sensor system with heartrate monitors and other such gadgets. Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, Under Amour, and Microsoft are just a few of the many suppliers with all kinds of interesting options that track heart rate, pulse, sleep, running, biking, and even swimming. Measuring something is a great tool for trying to improve it, so keeping track of your steps can only help. It might motivate you to take the stairs, park at the far end of the parking lot, or take the dog on a longer walk.  You (and the dog!) will benefit from the extra steps that the fitness tracker convinced you to take.

Humans are hard-wired to be competitive and goal-oriented, so getting a report on what you did today will make you want to do better tomorrow. It can even be useful to get creative with the data that’s so easy to generate these days. You can post your weekly mileage chart on your social media, for example.  The public exposure will definitely increase your motivation, and it might even generate some support from your network.  (“Look, I walked 17 miles this week!”  “Great job!  How about 20 next week!”)

Tracking your activity will be even more successful if it’s not just a solo pursuit.  Have fun with it!