Fitness trackers are becoming increasingly popular as more of us are turning to technology in order to ensure we have a healthy lifestyle. For many of us, that comes with the added advantage of losing some weight along the way.
A fitness tracker – similar in size to a wristwatch, can gather a lot of data about your body. It monitors how many steps you have taken over the day, your heart rate, the exercise you have taken, the calories you have eaten, the oxygen in your blood and how well you have slept.
It can monitor your exercise performance and provide you with goals and training information. It can tell you how fast you walk, run or swim.
Wearing a fitness tracker is very fashionable right now. Anyone who is anyone seems to be sporting a fitness tracker and these devices come in a range of styles and colours.
Wearable technology looks like to become all the rage and fitness trackers have taken off in a way that the Google Glasses have so notable failed up to now.
Fitness trackers have a celebrity appeal. A – Listers who have been spotted wearing this latest fashion accessory include Britney Spears, Richard Branson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ryan Reynolds and celebrity chat show host Stephan Colbert.
Many proclaim that their fitness tracker has transformed their health and fitness. However, it is not just celebs who are using fitness trackers. They are becoming increasingly common on the arms of ordinary people too, mainly in the older age group and they seem to be helping.
According to the Daily Mail,
Dr Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found that overweight middle-aged and older women who used a Fitbit got about an hour of additional exercise a week. Meanwhile, a group of women who were given pedometers didn’t improve.
Fitbit – is one of the most popular brands. It is available in a choice of models and colours and appears to be establishing itself as the market leader, with Jawbone close behind.
You can find fitness trackers in all styles, sizes and offering slightly different benefits from the Swarovski Shine – a blingy Swarovski crystal studded wristband to the more manly looking Garmin Vivoactive, which comes with plenty of bells and whistles.
However, Garmin, Sony, Acer and all the major technology companies all have their own versions as well as plenty of cut-price options on the market such as the Mi Band – a Chinese fitness tracker by Xiaomi available for around $13.00 (£10.00) from Amazon.
You can even buy a cut-price version of Fitbit from Aldi. The Aldi Fitness Tracker retails at a fraction of the price of the Fitbit and has generated many positive customer reviews.
Buying the Aldi version may not win you any style points but if it really helps improve your fitness then does this really matter anyway?
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