How to Get the Most Out of Your Fitness Tracker
Congratulations! Now that you're the proud owner of a fitness tracker, you can start taking your first steps towards a more active lifestyle. The only thing left to figure out is how you're supposed to use the dang thing. Fitness fanatics and beginners can put their fitness trackers to better use with these helpful tips and reminders.
Learn the Ins & Outs
A fitness tracker might seem complicated, but they're actually pretty straightforward. Make sure to read the instructions and learn as much as you can about your device online. Most are compatible with smartphone apps that make it easy to sync up the device and review your activity, count calories, plan goals and more.
Just having a fitness tracker doesn't mean you're going to lose weight, run a marathon or deadlift a vehicle anytime soon. Even if you're willing to put in the effort, keep in mind that all a fitness tracker does is make it simpler to keep tabs on your fitness statistics, which can help make you more mindful of your efforts every day while you work towards your goals. In the end, you still have to take the time to do the work.
Slow & Steady Wins the Race
It's awesome that you're pumped about your new fitness tracker, but remember that achieving fitness goals is rarely ever fast or easy. If it were, everybody would be walking around like an Adonis or Aphrodite flexing and posing like they're about to be chiseled into marble. Start your new journey by talking with your doctor, personal trainer and/or gym staff about the realistic steps you can take to begin realizing your objectives. Working too far beyond your limits can make you discouraged or lead to injury, which will ultimately slow down your progress.
You Can Handle the Truth
Not logging that nutrition bar as a snack after lunch or adding extra steps you maybe kinda mighta took isn't going to help you. Like most things in life, honesty is always the best policy, especially when it comes to getting the most from your fitness tracker. Help it help you by recording your food and activity accurately.
Treat Yo Self
Once you've established some attainable goals and notice, hey, you've met every objective you set for the week, why not get yourself a little something? This can help you stay motivated when walking that extra mile seems totally impossible or you've got a packed schedule where time is short. Even if your treat is a junk food that you really crave, it's important to reward your efforts.
Stick With It
Let's say that for whatever reason you missed a day of exercise or got a little carried away at dinner. We totally get it, french fries are delicious and sometimes you just can't even. The most important thing is to not be discouraged and to not give up. Rally yourself, be honest about the misstep (see tip 3) and get back out there! If you've got the energy, push yourself a little harder to try and make up for the lost time, otherwise just stick to your normal routine.
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