It has now become evidently clear that many of the diseases plaguing people and have become common in recent times can be attributed mainly due to the lifestyle changes of people over the last 2-3 decades.
What are the pros and cons of wearable fitness trackers and activity trackers ? There is no doubting the fact that our parents and forefathers did not find the need to use fitness trackers and the like to monitor their fitness. They were fit at all times.
The unhealthy lifestyle changes have led to people in the age groups of 25-45 years falling prey to diseases like diabetes, hypertension, blocked arteries, breathlessness, insomnia, obesity. Even children, by virtue of their obsession with video games and smart phone usage are becoming fat and sluggish thereby becoming susceptible to these lifestyle oriented diseases. The increase in pollution of our air, water and soil is also another reason for the emergence of these diseases in the youth.
It also needs to be admitted that many of the youth have to take the blame for their lethargic lifestyle and reluctance to engage in regular physical activities. The common excuse from them has been that they are unable to view the progress they are making on a daily basis when they indulge in physical activity. In these times of visual appeasement, people wish to see immediate results and outcomes of the work they put in. Such an excuse is indeed flimsy and does not merit serious discussion but may have been the cause for many of them not taking to regular physical exertion.
However, with the advent of the fitness tracker, they can no longer tout such excuses. This device is a band to be worn around the wrist of the user. It tracks the number of steps taken by the user on a daily basis, records the distance travelled, the calories consumed and also the heart rate beat of the user during a walk, jog or run. Many of these devices even record the sleeping patterns of the user from the heart rate beat during sleep and that gives the user an understanding of his or her physical condition.
He or she can use the device to monitor their health, the progress they are making on a daily basis and work towards targets for better health parameters. The advantage of the fitness tracker is that it integrates seamlessly with the appropriate fitness app across different operating systems and is reasonably accurate with the representation of data. The user is able to store data for as long as he wants as well. It can really motivate the user to wake up early or spend more time in the evening for physical exertion to meet the target set on the tracker. They also enable sharing of data with like minded fitness enthusiasts for group training sessions.
The only possible con of the fitness tracker is that many of them do not accurately measure activities like cycling or other more complex and varied physical activities. Overall, the fitness tracker is a great tool to have for all those keen to maintain physical fitness.