Did Santa bring you a fitness tracker? If not, have you been thinking about getting one but aren’t sure how to effectively use it? Read on to find out how to get started effectively using a wearable fitness tracker.
Earlier this year Anytime Fitness commissioned a survey that examined the habits of those who regularly used fitness tracking devices. Overall, the study showed a general lack of trust in the data provided to users. Furthermore the study revealed that nearly 70 percent of those who purchased activity trackers and fitness apps said their activity levels increased only slightly or not at all.
This begs the questions: Are fitness trackers an effective tool and should you be encouraging your members to use them? According to Shannon Fable, the director of exercise programming for Anytime Fitness, the answer is yes. Activity trackers can be very motivational in helping members achieve their fitness goals, if they are used correctly.
“People think that it is a magic bullet,” said Fable. “But if you don’t understand the numbers, what you are aiming for and how that relates to your goals, it really isn’t going to get you more fit. So it is just one more thing they try to do that doesn’t produce the results they want to see. It could be the best thing in the world for them if they knew how to utilize it.”
Fable highlighted simple steps to increasing the effectiveness of activity trackers. The first step is awareness. “Simply wearing the device and watching what they see,” she said. “Choosing perhaps on variable, for example if they get a Fitbit, the first week just see how many steps they are taking. Then the next week set a goal to increase it. Do this instead of making these wide-sweeping goals of taking 10,000 steps a day because that is ‘the number”.
By Emily Harbourne, ClubSolutionsMagazine.com (Dec. 2016)