Activity trackers are becoming much more popular through promising to help make you more aware of everything from your heart rate to sleep habits.
Becoming more aware of your daily habits is critical in improving your fitness. This is especially the case because our modern-day living can make us a bit numb and even blind to our daily habits. We exercise with distractions like television and smart phones that keep our minds off of what we’re doing and mindless eating is now the norm rather than the exception. We are in a bit of a mental fog where we have little idea of what we may actually be doing which makes us powerless to take control of our body. It’s extremely difficult to make any positive changes without first clearly knowing how your every day habits are adding up.
While these trackers can help you become more aware, there are many ways you can get the same benefits of awareness without having to invest in any high tech gadgets.
The biggest, and most important thing you can do is to establish more consistency in your daily habits.
This is another reason why consistency is the foundation Delta principal that guarantees success. When your eating habits, sleep patterns, and movement habits are more consistent it’s much easier for your mind to become aware of changes and fluctuations that can impact you in both negative and positive ways.
Keeping a simple log is also very effective towards helping you become more aware of your daily habits. Long before people were keeping track of what they ate on their smart phones people simply used a note pad and pen and wrote down what they ate or how they worked out.
In some ways, tracking your fitness on paper is more effective than doing it through an electronic device. Writing things down forces you to pay attention to your actions as you record them down.
It’s super important to understand that all information, from both logs or digital tackers is not going to be dead-on accurate. There is still some variation between one tracker to the next which can alter your numbers. Where as one tracker might say you’ve burned 2,500 calories in a day, another might read only 1,700. So don’t over rely on the number too much. Just use them as a rough estimate to bring a bit more awareness to your habits.
The ultimate objective is to hone your personal awareness skills so you won’t need any sort of tracking device at all. Again, this is easier when your habits are more consistent over time. Becoming more aware of what your lifestyle habits will give you far more control and flexibility over your diet and exercise habits and thus your results.
So no, you don’t need an activity tracker, however you do need to become increasingly aware of what your lifestyle habits are and how they are influencing your fitness. If an activity tracker can help you do that quicker and more easily then they are well worth the money.