It usually happens around this time of the year that fitness motivation starts to wind down and our improved eating habits go back to usual – together with all our optimistic new-year goals that we so enthusiastically set ourselves on 1 January. An extra glass of wine (or two) mid-week, a skipped cardio class, and we’re soon back on the badhabits bandwagon that we swore we would never hop on again. It’s true – looming deadlines, social gatherings and an overall busy schedule is the order of business for most of us, but it shouldn’t interfere with our fitness commitments. Yet it does. If you, like me, have set the bar too high, it’s time to be realistic about your goals and look at the small changes and improvements you can achieve with just a little more eort. My solution to that creeping laziness and lack of motivation? I looked to technology. In the past two years we’ve witnessed the rise of fitness trackers – the highly evolved versions of the pedometers of yesteryear.
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The latest trackers are smarter and more accurate, and do far more than simply measure how much you walk; they’re your trustworthy fitness pals, the ones that won’t let you down like an unmotivated friend might do before the dreaded spinning class. Seeing how much exercise you get (or don’t get) done and how your sleeping pattern fluctuates, as well as monitoring every morsel you put in your mouth, can nudge your mind (and body) into running that extra lap, taking the stairs instead of the lift, giving yourself enough sleep and keeping your food intake in check.
And, while aesthetics definitely matter (after all, you want to feel good sporting the device), there’s more to consider before you buy any new fitness tech. You want to look for one that aligns with your fitness personality, includes the activities you’re doing, has an intuitive data interface and seamlessly blends into your everyday life. When you find your match, just wearing it can help you understand how your exercise and health habits are contributing to the new you. That way you’ll feel more in control and motivated – and your initial resolution fail will be a distant memory. So, which tool is right for you?