There’s nothing more motivating than seeing results when you’ve set yourself fitness or weight loss goals, so it’s important to monitor and record your progress. It’s also a good habit to get into as collecting data on your achievements so far will show you if you’ve over or underestimated your abilities.
It’s really simple to track your progress. You can keep a note of how many minutes you jog each week or how many lengths you’ve swam, or you could let technology do this for you and a bit more besides. Body fat monitors will not only tell you how much you weigh but they’ll also reveal your body fat percentage, lean muscle mass and hydration level too.
Technology can be used in most areas of our lives, so it will come as no surprise that fitness apps and gadgets can be very useful when it comes to monitoring your health and fitness goals.
Heart rate monitors and GPS watches are fantastic for runners and cyclists, enabling you to capture all kinds of data – pace, distance, calories burned, metres climbed, route travelled – syncing wirelessly to your computer and storing for future use. For more general use, trackers such as the Fitbit Flex can be worn 24/7, acting not just as an activity, diet and even sleep log, but also serving to motivate and inform you.