Heard about Activity Trackers – should you buy one ??

Whenever a new gadget or technology is launched, we are surrounded by numerous questions like how useful is it for me, will it be really as good as it promises to be, whether I should go for it now or wait for more advances, is it really worth the money and so on…

Nowadays more and more people are getting diagnosed with lifestyle related diseases like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardio-vascular disorders, etc. As a result we are becoming more health conscious and many people have started on their fitness routine. Tech giants are not missing out on this opportunity to launch various Apps and products for the fitness enthusiasts. But before clinging on to any new gadget we must explore its actual utility and worthiness. Here I will be focussing on Activity trackers.

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I am a doctor and I advice everyone to have a good diet and a regular fitness routine. But , honestly speaking, many times even I am unable to maintain a regular work-out schedule. We all have lots of excuses for the non-compliance. We need some dedication and a lot of motivation to exercise regularly. I couldn’t afford a personal trainer. After exploring a lot over the internet I came to know about the activity trackers and thought of buying one. But again I was skeptical that how beneficial would it be in reality. Then few months back I started using few fitness Apps in my smartphone and it really proved beneficial. Still there was something missing.

Smartphone apps could provide me some information about the distance covered, time duration, steps moved, etc. But then there are some issues with apps :

  • I have to use 2-3 apps to get all this information.
  • Everytime I have to start an app and keep checking my phone.
  • If I leave my phone in another room or for charging I miss out on that activity.
  • Battery draining issue.
  • No proper sleep tracking.
  • Lack of accuracy.
  • Mobile data consumption

Using an activity tracker can resolve most of these. Various studies by reputed medical institutes in the U.S. have shown that people who are given an activity level goal, end up being more active when using an activity tracker device (Fitbit One devices were used by University of Wisconsin-Madison) as compared to a simple pedometer.

A good fitness tracker is accurate enough to be helpful, provides frequent feedback, encourages the user to set individualized goals and to review or revise those goals frequently and provides positive recognition when goals are attained. It works wonder in self-monitoring and self-regulation, which are key aspects of changing any habit. Though it may not prove to be equally effective for everyone, but it can make improving your lifestyle a bit easier and more fun. Most of us know we should be more physically active and a good tracker helps us to know how much more activity is necessary.

More about Fitbit tracker:

Though wearable fitness tracking devices were available earlier too but a proper activity tracker was first introduced by Fitbit, a San Francisco based company. The idea was born in 2007 with a basic device and has evolved into a vast range with sophisticated trackers which can measure steps taken, calculate distance walked, calories burned, floors climbed and activity duration and intensity. It also measures sleep quality by tracking periods of restlessness, how long it takes the wearer to fall asleep and how long they are actually asleep. When connected to a computer or mobile app we can have an overview of physical activity, set and track goals, keep food and activity logs and interact with friends. All Fitbit devices are water-resistant. Depending on the model there are some additional features like heart-rate monitoring, Caller ID, phone notifications, music controls and GPS tracking. Apps are available for all three smartphone platforms- iOS, Android and Windows.

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Much of the appeal of activity trackers that makes them effective tools in increasing personal fitness comes from their making it into a game, and from the social dimension of sharing via social media and resulting rivalry.

All Fitbit devices are available on Amazon India website. You can buy through the link on right-side panel. Choose the one best suited to your needs and budget. But whichever you choose, maintain hygiene with use of these wearables to keep your device clean and skin healthy.

Fitness is not just about gym time. It’s all the time. How you spend your day determines when you reach your goals. And seeing your progress helps you see what’s possible. Seek it, crave it, live it.

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Fitbit has won numerous awards, including runner-up at TechCrunch50 in 2008 and CES 2009 Innovation honoree and best in the Health & Wellness category. FitBit is organising a FitBit Bloggers Meet in New Delhi next week where I will be having first hand experience on their trackers and will update about the event soon after. So, stay tuned for more….

Stay Healthy Stay Happy

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About Dr. Nikhil Aggarwal

I am a doctor by profession, resident of Gurgaon, Haryana. I want to enjoy every moment of my life and face the challenges as they come. In my view traveling is one of the best ways to detoxify our mind, body & soul. Wherever I go I try to explore the destination as much as possible. Recently, I have started writing and sharing my experiences & knowledge through my blog.
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2 Responses to Heard about Activity Trackers – should you buy one ??

  1. Anonymous says:

    Excellent and very useful information

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