Did you have a fitness tracker for Christmas and are wondering how to get the best results from it?
Perhaps it is still sitting in its box, but you are not going to get the most from it leaving it in its original packaging.
Now is the time to open it up and get it to work for you.
A fitness tracker can be a good investment, with most now able to track various aspects of your life including your calorie consumption, heart rate, distance walked and even your sleep patterns.
Please read on to discover how to get the most out of your new gadget.
#1: Start off at 7,000 steps per day
When you first unwrap your fitness tracker you may notice that it has a default step goal for you, which is likely to be 10,000 steps per day.
Now for most of us this is going to be well above what we would usually walk. Most of us only get around 5,000 steps daily.
Doubling your daily steps is likely to be too big a jump overnight so instead try to adjust it to something more achievable, for example 7,000 steps per day.
By setting achievable goals you are more likely to reach them and stick to them. If the goals are too hard then chances are before long you will quit your efforts entirely.
#2: Keep track of your activities
While your tracker will keep track of your steps, it is unlikely to know the difference between the various activities you should be doing.
A short stroll around the block may use the same number of steps as a hill walk, but I know which will be more strenuous and will burn the most calories.
Remember these trackers are only a guide and should not be treated as 100% accurate.
#3: Exercise with friends
This may not be a fitness tracker tip but it will certainly help you reach your weight loss and fitness goals.
By working out with a friend you are more likely to stick to your fitness regime.
You can also push each other to reach the targets you have set, so essentially helping to ensure you see better results for your time.
#4: Track your food intake
While keeping track of your steps is important, the most important thing you should keep track of is your diet.
Get into the habit of monitoring your food intake and calorie intake. Keep an accurate account and you will then be able to look back over it to see if any changes are necessary.
If you don’t track your food intake then how will you know if your diet is working? This tip is also recommended for those who do not have a fitness tracker, you could use the old fashioned method of pen and paper in this case.