How do Activity Trackers Motivate You?

A Rise in Wearable Technology?


Activity tracking wristbands are part of the broader trend in wearable tech gadgets that you wear to track and monitor various phases of your life and get data through your smartphone using the internet.

Zesty has predicted that approximately 1.5 million wristbands will be sold this year. They can give you valuable insight into how healthy you are and in which areas you need to improve. Various activity tracking wristbands are available in the market including the Basis B1, Jawbone Up, Fitbit Flex and Nike+ Fuel.

Each wristband has its own set of features such as tracking your heart rate, monitoring your sleep habits, calculating your calorie intake, and monitoring how far you run or walk.

Using these devices, you can know how your sleep is affecting your health, how much weight you are gaining or losing, and how fit you are.


Motivation of Information


 The most significant benefit of strapping on a wearable activity tracking device is that you can instantly see how much work you are doing. You can know how many steps you take and the number of calories you burn during the day.

The gadget can be a powerful and great motivating tool and can help you keep up your exercise regime.

Walking is an efficient and valuable way to lose weight, but when walking, you will not be able to see the results until you have covered many miles. Since you do not know if you are progressing, it is easy to get discouraged, thinking that walking is not benefitting your health or helping you meet your weight loss goals.

Putting on a fitness tracking wristband can solve this problem as you see the work you are doing and realize that it is making a difference every day, even if it is a slight difference.


Pushing Yourself to be Better


Using the tracking wristband can help you make changes to your routine such that you start walking more, running faster, and getting more exercise within a hectic day.

When you are keeping a track of your activity levels, you are much more likely to improve them or alter them. You can set fitness activity targets and work harder to meet them.

The spirit of competition with the app or with yourself gives you a strong motivation even on those days when you are feeling too lazy or tired to exercise.

The same goes for sleep; if you can know that every night you are only having four hours of quality sleep, you can make some reasonable efforts to adjust your sleeping habits so that you can increase those numbers on the tracker.


Watching your Improvement


Fitness tracking devices keep a record of your progress, which psychologically encourages you to walk more steps than you covered the day before.

It motivates you to run faster to maintain that peak heart rate for a little longer for that serious interval training.


Research has shown that wearing the tracking wristband can enhance a user's activity levels by 30 percent.

Most of these devices offer tips, workouts and realistic goals that you can set for yourself. As a result, this user-friendly device enables you to participate more in physical fitness activities.


Boost your Self-Confidence: Be your Own Coach


There is a lot of anxiety and stress around hitting the gym. Whether you have a habit of working out regularly or have not worked out in a while, you might have an idea  that going to the gym can be quite distressing for many people.

Are they watching me?

Am I doing this right?

Will I be laughed at?

These are some of the questions that many of us have faced one time or other.

Tracking wristbands, on the other hand, are a "crutch" in the sense that you can depend on them and turn to them to make sure you are working out.

Whether you choose to work out at home, at the gym or at the park, the tracker and your determination in achieving your goals can serve as the best thing to focus on when the nerves hit you.


While personal motivation is the ultimate key element of physical activity, many people also enjoy the advantages of posting about their fitness progress on social media. The social aspect makes them want to work out even harder. Several fitness tracking apps allow linking up with other fitness trackers in the area, which results in workout groups and hosting challenges.


Activity Trackers for any Budget


Furthermore, many fitness tracking wristbands are priced over £100. For most individuals, that can be quite expensive for a little band that wraps around your wrist and shows information that many people do not need to know to urge them to work out.

However, this is part of the psychological encouragement. If you are paying money for an expensive wristband, you might as well use it in the best way to benefit from it.

For lower budgets, you can find activity trackers for under £30, these are great as a first step into the world of smart fitness. We've tested the SWB100, an entry level fitness wristband, from August that works well as a starter model.


Adjust your Behaviour for Improved Fitness


However, first, you need to learn how an activity tracking wristband works. Look at all the features that the device has, find out how to use them, and discover which features will be most helpful to you.

Next, learn how to read the data since studying the figures and looking at the stats is not sufficient to be an actual benefit.

Finally, you need to put some lifestyle changes in place.

Use the device for at least a week as you do things normally. Then look at the data and see where you can make little changes to make it better. For instance, walk one block extra from the bus stop to work or take the stairs at the office instead of the lift. Then study the data again and determine how much you have improved.

Similarly, make more changes in the next week. Set step goals in a day or targets at the gym.

These activity tracking tech devices can be extremely vital in motivating you to stay fit, but change starts with you.


You only reap the rewards when you put in the efforts.