Advertising
Advertising

4 Ways to Get Fitness Benefits From Wearables

4 Ways to Get Fitness Benefits From Wearables

For the more than one-third of American adults who are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, strapping on a wearable device could be a meaningful first step in taking control of health and longevity, and preventing life-threatening conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Wearable devices that are powered by Microchip technology deliver personalized data to the wearer and alert users of important health information, such as physical activity and heart rate.

pic-1

    Research and advisory firm Gartner reports wearable devices sales will have grown by more than 18% in 2016, as people crave the ability to use technology to optimizeall aspects of their lives. Wearables with functionality that allow users to input nutritional intake and get fit socially with friends provide extra advantages. If you’re considering using a wearable to help you achieve your fitness goals, here are four benefits wearables provide.

    1. Get a Clearer Fitness Picture

    You may think that you’re more active than you actually are, but that walk to the bagel shop isn’t as effective as you think. Sedentary lifestyles are particularly dangerous to one’s health, as the Mayo Clinic reports sitting down for prolonged periods of time increases risk of death, heart attack, and chest pain. While you may work out regularly, if you work a job where you are sitting for long periods of time, negative effects can still occur.

    Advertising

    Some wearable devices, like Fitbit, have built-in alerts to remind users to get up and get moving. By tracking your activity over time, you can see when you are most likely to be inactive and proactively take breaks for walks, or swap an elevator ride for a climb up the stairs. Having a visual representation of your fitness helps key you in to where you can make small improvements that add up.

    2. Make Your Fitness a Social Activity

    Wearable devices that feature a social aspect—ones where you can connect with other wearers to compete and cheer each other on as you work toward fitness goals—are very powerful. The American Psychological Association reports psychological research supports the effectiveness of taking a group approach to fitness, as support makes it easier for those trying to lose weight to stay motivated and stick to a fitness plan. Sharing your goals with others helps you stay accountable, especially when wearable data is transparent to other contacts.

    From steps taken, to pounds lost, to minutes being active, there are many fitness factors that can be compared by using data from wearable devices. Some wearable devices even allow participants to set up challenges with ease. A little friendly competition makes being fit more fun, while positive reinforcement helps wearers maintain momentum. If you have friends who also use wearables, you can enlist them as fitness buddies, where you check in with each other and encourage each other to keep improving on your fitness goals.

    Advertising

    pic-2

      3. Optimize Your Gym Time

      Whether you’re working with a trainer at a gym or are exploring the myriad options you have at the gym to build muscle and lose fat, a wearable acts as digital trainer support to alert you to calories burned while holding you accountable.

      Trainers who require their clients to keep food and exercise logs will get a crystal-clear picture of what exactly the wearer is doing. Instead of clients having to write down activity in a journal that might get lost or damaged, a wearable device and app maintains an access-from-anywhere digital log that also provides more accurate calorie counts for food intake.

      Those who have busy schedules will also appreciate the rich fitness data wearables provide in helping wearers become clued in to the most effective exercises. Wearable data that shows the user weight fluctuation paired with the exercises done during that period helps users vary their routines, improve their workouts, and do the exercises that help them stay the fittest. While a wearer may have sworn cycling was the most effective workout for their body type, a wearable may clue them in to the fact rowing provides far more benefits.

      Advertising

      4. Be More Conscious in Your Food Intake

      Food intake often makes a greater impact on weight loss than exercise does, and research shows keeping an accurate log of consumption helps people lose more weight. The University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Prevention Support Center reports individuals who keep track of the food they eat and drinks they consume each day lose twice as much weight as those who do not. Frequency of logs also correlates with weight loss.

      Wearable devices provide wearers with an accurate amount of calories they have burned through exercise, and how many they should consume if they want to stay on track with their fitness goals. By using a wearable app that ties this data in with a food log, wearers see how their food choices affect their weight, and can start to see patterns in types of food consumed with weight fluctuation.

      Sharing a wearable food log with friends can also reinforce the social component that helps users alert each other to where healthier choices could have been made, and encourage each other to make those choices in the future.

      Advertising

      From becoming more active at more moments throughout the day, to getting more realistic about food portion sizes and calories consumed, a wearable device can provide users with the information they need to improve their lifestyles. And, getting social support from other wearable users adds a positive emotional layer to becoming fit, which reinforces working toward goals and improves attitudes toward health.

      Featured photo credit: shutterstock via shutterstock.com

      More by this author

      Who’s at the Wheel? Technology Causing Distracted Driving and Other Stories of Multi-Tasking Is Your Website Costing You Sales? Staying Afloat: Why Kids Should Learn to Swim If You’re a Burned Out Entrepreneur There’s a Solution Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression in Parents

      Trending in Fitness

      1 How Adding Flow Yoga to Your Workout Routine Boosts Your Gains 2 8 Yoga Poses to Help You Achieve Strong and Toned Inner Thighs 3 Why Am I Not Losing Weight? 7 Reasons Revealed 4 8 Best Cardio Workouts for Efficient Weight Loss 5 15 Fitness Goals That Will Help You Live a Healthier Life This Year

      Read Next

      Advertising
      Advertising
      Advertising

      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

      Advertising

      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

      Advertising

      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

      Advertising

      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

      Advertising

      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

      More Resources About Getting out of a Rut

      Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

      Read Next