Fitness trackers keep us honest

When we set out to accomplish anything, from losing weight to getting our debts paid off to taking a dream vacation, it makes sense to first determine what’s so in the moment. It’d be silly to start any other way. 

Getting flat about what’s so is a good thing, even if we don’t like what we find. Knowing the status quo is where the power is. 

Fortunately, a plethora of devices such as fitness trackers, food logs, budgets, maps and all manner of measuring tools exist to help us do that.

What good is saying “I’m going to walk more so I can lose weight,” if you don’t know how far you’re walking already in a given time period? Or you don't know how much you weigh now and how much you want to weigh.

How will you ever get to point B if you’re not clear on where you are right now at point A? And where is point B in relation to point A? You have to uncover what’s so.

We can guess. We can play it by ear or by the seat of our pants. We can jump into action and hope it all works out, keeping our fingers crossed.

Knowing what's so is smart

The need to know what’s so is relevant across the board, and it's smart of us to have that knowledge in any endeavor we take on.

But we’re specifically going to look at why we should bother monitoring our physical activities with fitness trackers. And if you pay any attention to ads these days, you know there are plenty out there.

We all understand that a significant barometer of our health is our fitness level. And how we get fit is through physical activities and making sure all of our muscles are being used appropriately and strengthened.  

Again, we could guess about it. Or we could be precise.

One way to increase our fitness level is to do more than we normally do each day. We find out what’s normal then set a goal for more than that, a clear and measurable goal such as the number of steps we're going to take. We keep moving the goal up.

That’s where trackers come into play. They do that work for us, keep track of how many steps we take, how many miles we walk, how many flights of stairs we climb, how many calories we burn and some even track how much sleep we get.

Choosing between fitness trackers

With all the fitness trackers on the market, how do you know which one to use? It depends on what your needs are. 

If you spend a lot of time in water aerobics classes or swimming, you’ll likely want a waterproof tracker. If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll want to pay more attention to the price tags. 

Below are three sites where a number of fitness trackers were compared based on various features. See if you can find what you need. and

What's next?

Once you decide on a tracker and you start getting clear about what’s so, you can create some strategies for getting where you want.

Your fitness tracker monitors the results of your strategies so you can see where you need to adjust. You’ll be surprised at how much your self-confidence is boosted as you begin to reach your goals.

Most of the trackers are set up to send you reminders when it’s time to get up and move. You’ll soon be wondering how you ever managed without your friend and mentor.

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