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The most important fitness tracker metrics

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Despite controversy over the accuracy of fitness trackers, they have proven that they can be useful devices. A watch or bracelet makes us dilute the sedentary lifestyle with activity, literally remind you that you spent a long time motionless. But in order for the gadget to become useful, you need to learn how to use it correctly. The most important indicators of a fitness tracker are calories not spent at all, you need to follow other more significant indicators.

The fitness tracker collects a lot of information that you would not be able to get without it, and this is their main advantage. But among a large number of numbers, it is easy to get confused, miss out on more important indicators and focus on those that do not have much significance. In fact, there are only two significant indicators, and they do not include the number of calories burned.

Heart rate

This is the most valuable indicator of any fitness bracelet, through it you get to know your heart rate. Most modern trackers track the pulse continuously, both during activity and at rest. This is the most important indicator because it allows you to control the intensity of your workouts and your performance on them.

Keeping track of your heart rate is important not only during cardio workouts, with power loads, the heart rate will make it clear that you are reaching a maximum and are recovering well between sets. When training for endurance, the heart rate allows you to make sure that you do not strain and do not put yourself at risk of overtraining. In training such as HIIT, a heart rate monitor is a prerequisite, because the essence of the classes will be in the alternation of maximum intensity exercises with moderate ones.

For athletes and those who have started training relatively recently, heart rate monitoring is a way to measure fitness.

How quickly the heart rate returns to normal depends on the degree of fitness of the body.

Physical activity

To track physical activity, most fitness trackers use the most convenient indicator – steps. The number of steps taken per day allows you to understand how high the level of your daily activity is. Achieving a certain number is a motivation, a challenge to oneself. Even if you have not reached your goal today, you still benefit, because you moved a lot on the way to the goal.

Most people are inactive, so bracelets and watches do them a favor, drawing attention to the steps taken during the day. The average recommendation for physical activity is also measured in steps, according to various sources and sources, it varies in the area of ​​ten thousand steps per day. When you are missing a few hundred steps to reach your daily goal, you are very likely to want to go for a walk even after a hard day.

Evaluate any indicators should be from the perspective of their goals. If you do not do sports and fitness, do not set yourself such goals, then strive for self-improvement. Try to make sure that next week the number of steps taken is higher than the previous one. But nevertheless, one should not get too stuck with numbers, well-being should come first, and only then is the achievement of goals.

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