Purpose of fitness trackers in weight loss

Purpose of fitness trackers in weight loss There are several wearable devices to monitor weight loss progress. They can singlehandedly count the total number of calories, monitor work outs and evaluate sleep. People involved in tracking their progress at each stage or level are likely to be more successful in losing weight. The fitness devices to help are Jawbone UP, FitBit Flex, BodyMedia FIT, and Nike+ FuelBand.

Track down every activity

According to America’s Council on Exercise representative Muth, it’s sufficient to be aware of total number of steps taken and minutes of activity per day. She suggests keeping it simple by moving as much as possible. For example, the workout to take 10000 steps per day up to 12,000 is a suitable aim for weight loss and fitness.

The device can be used for the following purposes:

  • To view the closeness to the target goal per day.
  • Setting small and short term goals to stay focused.
  • Setting reminders to be active after too much of no activity.

All of these can help in breaking the bad habits. The devices can be used to track the intensity of a workout. Check the total amount of calories burned, total duration and work upon shortening this time further.

There are many things to count

Calories are burned even without the involvement in running, swimming and cycling. Many people burn calories for weight loss via NEAT which means non-exercise activity thermogenesis. The activities such as gardening, vacuuming, folding laundry and casual walking aren’t exercise. However, it gets the person moving and helps burning calories. Exercising on a regular basis is significant but people often find it much easier to practice these activities.

Crunch the numbers

There are some devices with a location for logging on while eating or an application. It allows the user to find out the calories consumed compared to the calories burned. This procedure involves a large amount of data entry but it gets simpler with the passage of time. After figuring out the calories count for each food, the favorites can be tracked down.

Getting proper sleep

According to Muth, proper sleep reduces the vulnerability of overeating and helps in sticking to weight loss and fitness session. Little sleep is related to weight gain. A tried and tested method of getting a good night sleep is to fix a regular bedtime. One should do away with distractions and plan for a sleep of seven to eight hours.

Tracker machines show the total duration of sleep. In other wise cases, you may be sure of getting seven hours of sleep while the actual period is six and a half hours. Muth points out that the insight given by wearable devices may help the user in making certain changes for improving sleep duration and quality.

There are some devices which charts the workout intensity in a timely manner. Some of the available devices aren’t that accurate while tracking down exercises such as biking and strength training. Thus, some records are to be noted down in a different manner.  Many devices help in manually entering the information like exercise type, duration and intensity of pushing oneself.

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