A new study has shown that the No. 1 fitness trend in 2016 is technology.
Are you surprised?
Specifically, people are spending millions on wearable fitness trackers.
You might have heard of Fitbit, but there is a myriad of brands that offer much of the same thing. I got fitness trackers for each of my sons and my boyfriend for Christmas.
A fitness tracker generally will record your activity level, like number of steps taken and amount of calories burned each day. Some show distance traveled or heart rate. The ones I bought track your hydration and your sleep patterns.
Most fitness trackers sync to an app on your phone or computer, so you have graphs, time-lapse information and at-a-glance data.
What do you do with all of this information?
At a glance, you can tell if you need to get moving! Most fitness professionals recommend that you aim for 10,000 steps a day.
If you’ve set a target goal for calories burned, your fitness tracker will let you know that you’re still 200 calories away from goal, so maybe you’d better schedule a brisk walk after dinner.
It will tell you that you’re not getting enough uninterrupted sleep, so maybe changing your sleep habits will help you feel better and be healthier.
As with any fitness equipment, you only need it if you’re going to use it, but for tech geeks and those who like to keep exact track, this is a great tool in your lifelong journey of healthy living.