Elly McGuinness takes a look at the new fitness sensation Fitbit. What is it and how does it work? Most importantly, how do we incorporate it into our fitness regime?
Ftitbit consists of a family of products designed to track every part of your day – including activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep – to help you stay motivated, and see how small steps make a big impact. There’s something for every taste, budget and technical requirement from the everyday category of wrist bands to performance-specific watches.
All Fitbit products track steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. All but the most basic Fitbit also track sleep patterns. At the performance end of the range you’ll also have access to things like heart rate and GPS tracking. All of the products feature wireless syncing and online and mobile tools, such as the Fitbit app to help track your exercise, sleep, hydration and food, and connect with friends.
Seeing your progress can really help you realise what’s possible, and investing in a Fitbit may help to take you on the next step of your health and fitness journey.
Fitbit was built on the premise that fitness is not just about gym time; it’s about all the time. So, it can be a great addition to your fitness regime.
There are many things to consider when choosing a health and fitness regime to follow through with.
• What type of exercise to choose: indoor, outdoor or a mixture of both? Running, walking, cycling, swimming, yoga, pilates, dancing, group fitness, a team sport, or something else?
• Who to exercise with: just yourself, with a buddy, in a group, or to enlist the help of a personal trainer?
• What nutrition guidelines to follow: enlist the help of a nutritionist, or just cut back on processed food, for example?
• Balance: how will you ensure you get a good balance of enough rest and recovery as well as the right frequency, duration and intensity of exercise?
• Motivation: how will you motivate yourself to get out the door in the first place?!
Professional advice from a registered exercise professional should always be your first port of call. They can help get you set up with an appropriate personalised programme, help you with exercise techniques, and help you stay accountable to your goals.
Once you’re in the swing of things you may find you want some extra assistance to ramp up your progress towards your goals. Investing in a Fitbit could help you to achieve this, especially if you’re a ‘details’ person who likes to be well organised and able to measure progress from each and every workout. Similarly, if you find you’re in a bit of a rut and could do with a mini accountability ‘buddy’, then a Fitbit could be
just the ticket.