Most of us really don’t know how healthy we are. As long as we’re feeling fine, we assume that we are doing everything right. This is where people who wear trackers are ahead of the game, they have the data to show them what they do, giving them an objective view of their habits. Here is how trackers can help improve your health
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Most of us have no idea what shape we are really in until our waistline is too big or we fall ill Research shows that far too many of us lead sedentary lives, sitting all day at work and then hopping on the couch to watch TV before heading to bed to sleep. Activity trackers tell you how many steps you take and how many you need to take to maintain good health.
Most people depend on their annual check up to get an idea of their weight, blood pressure and heart rate. However, if you don’t go to the doctor for a while, things may change without you realising it. Tracking devices fill this gap with ongoing feedback on your vital signs and activity may be affecting your overall health.
Fitness trackers generate data based on your own specific behaviours, and therefore you have information that reflects your own habits. Rather than basing your decisions on average calculations for your age, gender etc., you can tailor your daily regime to how many calories you actually take in or to how much weight you may want to lose.
Having constant feedback can help keep you on track, knowing that you need 300 more steps to reach your daily goal can be what you need to take a quick walk after work. The gamification aspect of some trackers which have incentive-based rewards systems, offer you points or something else to encourage you to drum up benefits.
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