Fitness trackers can help you set and smash your goals – but they can do a lot more for you, too. So what are the benefits to wearable tech and what are some of the warning signs to look out for when using one? To take a closer look, we talked with Amy Kleski, the general manager of the OhioHealth McConnell Heart Health Center, about wearable tech as they look forward to introducing the new MyZone wearable technology to their members.
Fitness Tracker Pros
Kleski says as wearable tech has been the leading trend in the fitness industry for the last three to four years, there are a lot of great things it has been doing to help people stay motivated and held accountable.
“One thing is accountability. For people to be able to see their workouts, their movement, see what they’re doing every day, and whether they are moving or not. Sometimes it’s a reality check for people to see how little they’re moving. There is a big movement with “sitting is the new smoking”. It’s having those reminders to be able to get up and move. That daily accountability is good and can be motivating,” she says.
Instant feedback is a big motivator for users as well, and a big part of what the associates and members at McConnell are looking forward to with their new technology MyZone.
“With what we’re implementing here at McConnell with MyZone, it gives that instant feedback while you’re exercising. You can actually see where your heart rate is, how many calories you are burning, and there is a reward effort points system as well. People can really appreciate that.”
Fitness Tracker Cons
With all good things, there are obviously downsides as well. Wearers can become obsessive and feel pressure when using wearable tech.
“Sometimes what motivates one person can discourage another. For someone actually seeing it right in their face can put pressure on them. We talk about knowing that wearable technology is not determining your fitness level or your health level, but simply giving you a tangible way to see your effort.”
Relying solely on the tech
Kleski emphasizes that the number one thing to pay attention to when working out is not what your tech says, but how you feel.
“We want people to have an awareness of what their heart rate is, but not to rely on it so much that they lose sight of how they are feeling while they’re doing the work, because that is the biggest indicator of how you’re doing overall.”
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