A recent study has revealed that men use wearable tech and fitness apps more than women, although both have many benefits of staying fit and healthy. However, fitness trainer and yoga instructor Jolene Cherry believes more women should be enjoying those benefits.
From losing weight to keeping track of their health and fitness, to relaxing, there are many reasons to get a fitness band or download a fitness app.
If you’re looking to lose weight, improve cardiovascular fitness and strength, monitor health, or relax, wearable tech or a fitness app is a great way to get started!
You can easily track your diet using one, such as writing down how many calories and what kinds of food you’ve consumed, and most of them will track information for you, such as how many steps you take every day and how far you walked. Many wearable tech accessories can even monitor your heart rate, oxygen levels, and temperature.
Because it tracks your normal levels, these apps and wearable tech can save your life by alerting you if something is off. There have been many stories in the news of fitness bands that alert their wearer that their heart rate is abnormal and that they are warning them to seek medical attention in the nick of time.
Wearable tech and fitness apps are also straightforward to connect to other accounts and devices, making it easy to transfer information – most of which can share information through a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection, rather than connecting through an HDMI cord to your computer or laptop – and some fitness bands and watches can perform some smartphone features, such as receiving and sending texts and phone calls.
The last benefit is that many fitness apps come at little to no cost to you! Though the features may be more limited than their more expensive counterparts, you can still enjoy what they have to offer without spending a single penny. What are you waiting for, then?
What’s on the Market
There are many apps and wearable tech accessories on the market today, which means you can pick the one that best fits your lifestyle and budget. Here are a few popular ones:
Apple Watch – $200-400 – The Apple Watch may be one of the most popular wearable tech options out there. Though they are more expensive, they can easily connect to your iPhone, allowing you to make notes, text, call, and use many of the iPhone features conveniently from your watch. However, you may have to download a fitness app to enjoy full fitness and health tracking features.
Fitbit – $30-150 – The FitBit also has a strong following, and with a wide range of options and prices, you can find what works best for you. Like the Apple Watch, some FitBits have many convenient features on top of tracking your heart rate and steps, though some are simpler. However, three models, the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Versa, and the Fitbit 2 are waterproof up to 50 meters.
Daily Workouts – Free with In-App Purchases – The app is excellent for a person on a budget, or someone who wants to try before they buy. With this app, users have access to hundreds of videos on exercises and workouts. Available for both Apple and Android.
MyFitnessPal – Free Trial, Up to $50 Per Year for the Premium Subscription – This app lets you track your diet easily, syncs up to your other accounts, and encourages users with positive results and stories, and is one of the highest-rated apps on the market. Available for both Apple and Android.
About Jolene Cherry: Jolene Cherry has dedicated her career to the realm of physical fitness and overall well-being. As an avid traveler, she’s received yoga training from around the world, including Thailand and Hawaii. In her home base in Oregon, Ms. Cherry strives to pass on her knowledge to her clients so they can achieve the perfect balance of wellness and harmony.