Do Activity Trackers Actually Help You Lose Weight?
In a recent television segment on NBC's "The Today Show," users of the now popular wrist-worn fitness bands and activity trackers complained that they had gained weight after using their fitness bands despite increasing their daily steps and calories burned. This is an example of how well people looking to achieve their goals can lose sight of what the process of fitness success actually involves.
If it were just about calories burned and steps taken,every person who runs half and full marathons would be the picture of all that is "thin and good" in the world. However, I have run numerous marathons and watched countless people fly past me like I was standing still, who by first glance seemed heavier than me! It's not just about your activity.
No matter how great devices like these are, they are only tools to assist you. Tools are only as effective as the person using them, so it is very important to make sure that you assess your specific situation before relying on a fitness band to lead you to fitness bliss. Fitness bands are great tools, but don't forget the human element and ask for help! Take the time to sit down with a fitness professional and have him or her craft a short- and long-term plan of action for your specific goals, body type, metabolism, work schedule and lifestyle.
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