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The Pros & Cons of Fitness Trackers

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Have you ever felt a buzz on your wrist signaling you to get up and take a few steps? Or received an alert on your phone letting you know you were nearly at your 10,000 steps per day goal? These are a few of the notifications those of us that wear fitness trackers are used to, but are there drawbacks to always having this information at hand?

Wearing a fitness tracker can offer you a lot of great benefits in regard to your health and wellness. Here are a few of the pros to owning one:

Allows You to Set Goals

Many fitness trackers allow you to set goals for yourself in terms of daily steps to take, calories to burn, days of exercise to get in, and even hours of sleep to get per night. For some people, having these goals in place with reminders throughout the day is a part of their daily routine. For those that aren’t used to wearing fitness trackers, they may help you get started on walking some extra steps per day or getting a few more hours of sleep. Sometimes, having that handy little reminder can be helpful!

Keeps You Accountable

It can be easy to get wrapped up in work at your desk or sucked into a great episode or two of your favorite TV shows and not even realize that you haven’t gotten up to walk around in a while. Fitness trackers are great for reminders to get up, walk around, and get your blood flowing. Fitness trackers can also be used to help you track how many hours of sleep you’re getting per night. They can help you figure out if you should try getting to bed a little earlier or if your bedtime routine is working just the way it is. Fitness trackers can help keep your friends accountable, too! Many brands offer built in challenges that allow you to connect with others to amplify your step count, exercise routine, and more!

Acts as a Source of Motivation

Not only does a fitness tracker send you notifications to help you with your daily goals,