Are fitness trackers like Fitbit actually worth it?

Are fitness trackers like Fitbit actually worth it?

 

There are so many promises of weight loss out there on the market today that it’s hard to know which ones you should be looking at. This shake will help you lose this, this pill will drop you two dress sizes and this diet will see you lose inches. Each one presents you with very encouraging images of thinner people who have “only been doing it a few weeks” but can you ever really be sure? In reality, if you’re looking to lose weight, increase muscle, tone up etc then hard work is the only way you’re going to see real results and more importantly results that last. This is why, rather than throwing money at a pill which doesn’t really do much, you should invest that money into something that will motivate you and doesn’t require you to buy a new packet each month – like the Fitbit.

Fitbits come in many shapes, sizes, colours and prices – they also vary in function from a basic step counter all the way up to a full exercise management device. They look like a watch, and most of them have that function built in, so you barely notice that you’re wearing it. They track a multitude of stats such as steps taken, calories burnt, flights of stairs climbed, miles walked, your heart rate and even how much sleep you’ve had. All of this information is stored on the really easy to use app so you can keep track of everything in one handy place. You can even input your calories as you eat them and the app will calculate how many more calories you can eat to keep to your goal (lose weight, gain weight or maintain) – it even alters your calorie allowance based on the amount of calories you have burnt during an exercise session.

The Fitbit’s infra-red sensor means it accurately tracks your heartrate so you get a much more in-depth calculation of how many calories you’ve burned; you can also see if you’re heartrate is in the “fat burning zone”.

Of course, don’t forget there are lots of Altimeter watches available out there as well (Click here).

You can invite friends and challenge each other to reach your daily or weekly step goals. There are achievements and badges to keep you motivated to go further each day. It even works great alongside a gym membership because they are programmed to detect when you’re on equipment such as an elliptical or treadmill. Many gyms now recommend getting a Fitbit to help with your progress as you can track exercise and calories in one simple place. If you’re at a healthy weight and are trying to build muscle, then it can help you keep track of how many calories you need to eat in order to increase your muscle mass. The more expensive devices such as The Surge can even control your music as well as be programmed for interval training

Fitbits really are a must, even if you’re not trying to lose weight; who doesn’t want a funky watch that tells you that you have enough calories for that bar of chocolate or a glass of wine?