Training with an activity tracker watch.
It’s not just professional athletes who are using activity trackers these days.
Amateur athletes and fitness enthusiasts can also benefit from using an activity tracker when training; and even if you aren’t actually training, you can still use your activity tracker to monitor your general activity levels.
Here are some examples of who can benefit from tracking daily activity:
Those looking to improve general health.
Being active helps with everything from your cardiovascular health to your mental well-being.
Set yourself minimum daily and weekly targets for steps taken and distance covered.
Try to take at least 5,000 steps per day.
This will ensure that you are consistent in covering enough distance to meet your general health goals.
Those trying to lose weight.
Increasing your daily activity is a great way to help with weight loss.
Set a minimum target for daily steps, and try to reach your target every single day!
If you can cover 10,000 steps per day, you’ll be well on the way towards losing weight and keeping the weight off!
Those trying to build muscle.
If you are a ‘hard gainer’ and, despite training and eating well, struggle to put on muscle, it may be because you are burning too many calories on general activities.
Set yourself a maximum daily target of 7,000 steps on training days, and 5,000 steps on rest days.
There’s no point spending hours in the gym each week, if you are destroying most of your gains by not resting enough!
Professional and amateur athletes.
When not competing, or in training, athletes need quality rest.
Rest helps the body to recover from intense activity, so athletes should follow the Japanese adage:
“When I work, I work. When I rest, I rest”.
Set yourself a maximum daily target of 5,000 steps on rest days, and give your body the change to recover from tough activity.
So now you know some of the uses for activity trackers.
Best of luck with using your activity tracker to help reach your health and fitness goals!
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