There are several benefits of using wearable tech when you’re trying to lose weight or get fit. While they may be a little pricey, they will definitely make the weight loss journey or fitness quest a much easier one.
Is wearable tech a necessity? Nope… But does it help? You bet it does!
In this article we’ll look at a few reasons why you should invest in wearable tech gadgets such as Fitbit activity trackers, Jawbone UP3s to track your sleep or even sports headphones like the Plantronics BackBeat Fit.
Real time and accurate data collection
While it’s often said that wearable tech is not that accurate because of GPS limitations, when it comes to monitoring your heart rate, sleep and activity, these gadgets are pretty accurate.
Gadgets like the Garmin Vivoactive HR help to track your heart rate. This is very useful when you’re trying to train in the 70 to 90 percent range of your maximum heart rate (MHR). You can calculate your MHR by subtracting your age from 220.
For example, if you’re 30 years old, your maximum heart rate will be 190 beats per minute. Instead of constantly feeling your pulse, all you need to do is look at the gadget on your wrist and you’ll immediately know what threshold heart rate you’re training at.
This makes things very efficient and convenient for training purposes.
Motivates you to get moving
There is also the psychological aspect of wearable tech. There are badges to be won within the app used by the tech. You can set targets and gain a sense of accomplishment when you beat your personal bests.
This motivation will help to keep you going because the weight loss or fitness journey is often a slow, long and arduous one. These wearable gadgets will not only serve as sign posts to get you to your ultimate goals but will also give you the psychological boost to keep going.
Even sports headphones that play music that you love will help drive you to give your best during your workouts. Never underestimate the power that the right music can have on your performance.
Keep you focused and disciplined
These gadgets also help to keep you focused and disciplined. Many people who are not used to regular exercise, find it an insurmountable task to actually break through their inertia and exercise.
For people like these, a simple rubbery band like the Fitbit Flex can be a godsend. This gadget measures how many steps a person takes daily. It’s a simple stat and it’s really all the person needs. If they take 5,000 steps today, the goal will be to exceed this number the following day.
Since there is only one number to beat, it becomes a very simple statistic to track. Many people love the challenge and it almost becomes like fun just doing more than you did the day before.
Over time, they are more active and have burned a ton of calories without even realizing it. In a way, wearable tech gives you mini goals to reach and you willingly do it because it seems fun.
These are the 3 reasons why you should consider getting wearable tech. If you can afford a smartphone, it really shouldn’t be much of an issue getting one of these fitness trackers. You’ll benefit greatly if you use them consistently and keep improving.