What Your Fitness Gadget Says About Your Workout

Your fitness gadget counts the number of steps you take, the number of miles you run, the length of time you stand or sit, and more. But did you ever take a step back and wonder what all the data it holds means in terms of your workout? With these devices efficiently tracking your daily activities and how they affect your body, it makes sense to pay attention to the precise analysis they offer in order to maximize your time exercising. Here’s what your fitness tracker is telling you:


  1. You burn more calories during interval workouts.
    Working out in intervals, which mean alternating high-intensity, fast-paced activity with periods of slower recovery, ideally for at least 20 minutes every other day, actually burns more calories than you would in twice the amount of steady state activity. Interval training sends your metabolism soaring when you work your body at high intensities, even if it’s only for a brief period of time. As you get stronger and your endurance improves, you can adjust your speed, resistance, and incline during your interval workouts to match your new level of fitness. Your fitness tracker can help you assess your level of fitness by recording the average pace, minutes, and distance you’ve gone when you finish your workout. But before you start any new workout routine, you should consult with your doctor.



  2. Moving throughout the day can be just as beneficial as actual exercise.
    As you know, a sedentary lifestyle can be damaging to your health. If you’re not able to get at least 20 minutes of exercise at least three days a week, make an effort to move and stay active during the day. Some fitness gadgets alert you when you’ve been sitting for too long, reminding you to get up and start moving. In addition, your tracker records how many steps you’ve taken, distance traveled, and the number of calories you’ve burned during the day, which will help you create goals around how active and fit you would like to become.



  3. We don’t have to count calories, but the calories do count.
    On the South Beach Diet, you don’t have to count calories, but that doesn’t mean that calories don’t count. Most fitness trackers calculate how many calories you consume and burn in a given day, which is a great way to stay accountable to your weight loss goals. Whether you’re uploading pictures of nutrition labels or logging the meals and the beverages you drink, your gadget gives you the big picture of what your diet looks like. Moreover, by wearing your fitness tracker during your workouts, you are able to record the number of calories you burned based on the intensity of the exercise. Your fitness tracker can help you assess how much you should exercise in order to burn the calories you consume daily. We recommend that you exercise, for at least 20 minutes on most days of the week, alternating interval workouts with core-strengthening exercises.



  4. Exercise helps you maintain your weight loss.
    As you become fitter and lose weight, your basal metabolic rate will decrease, depending on your body composition, so you will burn fewer calories performing the same activity, as your tracker will show you. But this shouldn’t discourage you from exercising altogether—it’s a good thing! Once you’ve reached a healthy weight, exercise will help you maintain your weight loss and tone and strengthen the muscles in your body.



  5. You don’t need to sweat to burn calories.
    It’s a common misconception that cardiovascular exercise is the best form of exercise, since you sweat more. And while doing a cardio workout will help you burn more calories, strength-training exercise, such as yoga and Pilates, will help you turn fat into muscle. Some fitness trackers, such as Push Strength, record how much force and explosive strength you apply during your weight-training exercises, which is a measure of much your body is working your muscles. Furthermore, for every 3 pounds of muscle you build, you’ll burn an extra 120 calories a day because muscle takes more energy to sustain.



  6. There are many ways to measure success.
    From recording the number of miles you’ve walked to the minutes you spend not sitting and the number of calories you consume and burn, there are many ways your fitness tracker can help you keep track of your progress and measure success beyond the scale. Some trackers go as far as telling you how to correct your posture and improve your sleep habits, both factors for better health and wellness.


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