By Isla Walker
Boomer’s fitness columnist Jeff Tomaszewski noted that the key to being fit and healthy is to have that burning desire to actually be fit and healthy. Long story short, we’ll do everything we can if we truly want to get in shape. And oftentimes, the key is to find the motivation that will have you eating right and working hard to accomplish your ultimate goal of good health and improved fitness.
Once you have taken the first few steps towards the fulfillment of your fitness goals, you can then continuously level things up. One way to do so is by using wearables – electronics incorporated into items of clothing and accessories that can be worn comfortably. Wearables have sensory and scanning features that can provide biofeedback and track physiological functions.
There are generally two types of wearables: fitness trackers and smartwatches. And in the context of getting fit and healthy, you may want to invest in a fitness tracker as it can monitor aspects of your fitness routines in real time. Fitness trackers can be used to monitor, among other things, the steps you have taken, the calories you have burned, the distance you have traveled, your “active” minutes for the day, and even your heart rate and blood pressure.
Real-time fitness tracking can, in turn, help you meet fitness benchmarks, which are important in order to be truly fit and healthy. Losing weight, for instance, will require you to burn more calories than you take in. To this end, having a convenient means to monitor the calories you have burned so far will be useful, as you will be inclined to put in more work once you see that you are 77 calories short of the 450 calories you ought to burn daily. Thus, you are more likely to stay on that stationary bike for a few more minutes so you can meet your goal of burning 450 calories a day.
People, ultimately, are driven by progress. They tend to work harder when they see improvements. Weightlifters, for example, get fired up when they add on to their 1-rep max. Workout warriors, on the other hand, are encouraged when they see their muscles getting bigger and more defined. Those trying to lose weight, meanwhile, generally have a boost of confidence every time they shed off a few pounds.
The same likely holds true in your case and wearing wearables will let you monitor your progress quickly, easily, and conveniently. Moreover, you won’t have to keep track of everything physically, thus allowing you to channel your undivided effort and attention to your workouts. Just as important, you will see if you are improving or not so you can adjust accordingly. You can, for example, change things up if you notice your performance data plateauing. You can likewise go even harder if you want to see more progress.
Wearables and Sports
Not coincidentally, wearables have invaded the sports world. Technology’s relationship with sports, in fact, has largely been positive, with teams and athletes at every level finding ways to use technology to their advantage. Wearables in this regard have found a place in the cutthroat environment that is sports as athletes are increasingly using the data tracking capabilities of wearables to glean information that will help them train better. Even LeBron James has used a fitness tracker of his own. At one time, James was using a rather pricey wearable called Whoop, which according to the ESPN report provided “actionable and behavioral recommendations tailored to the user, depending on the information it receives.”
Of course, not everyone is at that level, both athletically and financially. But that doesn’t mean the Average Joe who goes to the gym to get all fit and healthy cannot benefit from wearables, too. So yes, feel free to invest in a wearable. Just make sure you use it wisely so you can have an edge in your pursuit of good health and top-level fitness.