#WorkoutWednesday: The secret in making your fitness tracker really work for you

Barry Viloria on Aug 03, 2016 10:24 PM
The secret in making your fitness tracker work for you
How to make this expensive gadget your best friend? (Photo taken from Fitbit.com)

It’s the fitness sensation of the moment, a device worn around the wrist that measures your bodily movements and activity using only high tech, and then displays the data in your smartphone. From steps taken to flights of stairs climbed to the quality of your sleep, a fitness tracker aids in familiarizing you with the science of it all.

There are a lot of them in the present market that isn’t just limited to the Fitbit brand. And many of these can go specific, too, guiding you in core exercises, total body workout, cardiovascular activities, and interval training, plus your diet. It’s like having a personal trainer!

But like any workout and diet followed, to make it work and bring you to your best shape, you should learn how to work around it. Tweak it, adjust it to your environment and your lifestyle to achieve its full effect.

A fitness tracker is not really easy on the wallet, come to think of it, as the price range is from four to around 12 grand. So, the best tip there is to make sure it will not fail you? You should already have set your specific goal even before purchasing one.

“You have to ask yourself, why do I need a fitness tracker? You might have a friend that loves a specific fitness tracker but again you have to ask yourself if you are on the same page,” advises UP College of Human Kinetics lecturer and fitness instructor Natalia Uy-Chan.

For example, Uy-Chan says, if you’re trying to lose weight through cardio, you may get yourself a watch that will monitor your steps taken per day.

She adds, “Knowing and monitoring your workout is a big advantage especially if you are aiming for something. Know what you want and choose what's best for you. It can also be your source of motivation, inspiration resulting to personal discipline.”

In essence, the fitness tracker won’t do the work for you. If you’re not so focused on working your butt off as you should be, Uy-Chan notes, you’re just wasting your time, money, and more.

“If it's a free app and it's just there in your phone, the app is just eating some valuable space in your phone.”

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