Disadvantages of Fitness Tracking Gadgets
You must have a read a lot about the pros of wearable fitness trackers but as you are aware everything has a flip side to it! Want to know the Cons Of Fitness Tracking Gadgets?
An overweight individual got a wearable fitness tracker from his wife as a present as he was 10 kgs overweight. Initially he was all dedicated to his workout regime and diet and lost 6 kgs too. However, his work made him travel a lot. In the beginning he carried the fitness tracker along with him but when he used to forget, he found working out completely impossible. He was almost addicted as he had to know how many calories he was burning, his heart rate and sleeping pattern. Because of the breaks in between, his weight began fluctuating and he had to give up the gadget temporarily. He repents of not being well informed before changing his lifestyle.
Experts are of the opinion that though these devices motivate users to stay physically active, users start relying too much on them. Another expert has used the term ‘techorexia’ to depict the addiction of people to their wearable fitness trackers.
So, what needs to be understood before strapping on a wearable fitness tracker? Here are a few tips:
Don’t just walk, work out!
It is said that ideally a person has to walk 10,000 steps in a day. However, there is a difference between taking the steps and being active physically. People can cover 10,000 steps even while daily chores like walking at home. People stay satisfied with the fact that they have covered the day’s quota and don’t need to work out. This is misleading as some of those 10,000 steps should come from continuous cardio such as cycling.
Calorie count is misleading
When you enter the number of calories you have consumed in a fitness app and then link it to your fitness tracker, your wearable fitness tracker will calculate how many calories you have burnt. The problem is that some apps have a preset calorie count for certain food. For example, if you have eaten a roti, the app calculates the calories based on what it has been preset with. It won’t look into what kind of roti you had. So, a light phulka (with fewer calories) and a bigger roti will be given the same calorie count.
Talk to a trainer
These wearable fitness trackers can monitor how many calories you can burn but how you should go about it should come from a health expert. Consult a trainer to decide your workout regime as your app will note make a note of heart-related problems you might be having.
Don’t be too dependent
Too much dependence on anything can be bad. Some users of fitness trackers feel helpless without one! They carry the devices when they are on a business trip or a holiday and when they don’t do so, they simply can’t work out. Don’t let the gadget overpower you! You are its master and should be able to work out without depending on it.
Hope you found this post ‘Cons Of Fitness Tracking Gadgets’ useful!
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