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Should you really bother with a fitness tracker?

“I can’t be bothered with all that new techno-gadget stuff!” one of my new members told to me recently.

“All this constant beeping, vibrating, asking me to check something. It’s bad enough getting an email or text message every bloody 5 minutes. I don’t need any more tech in my life!”

As you can clearly see – Dave was really wound up. He recently signed up to my course and because he is in his late 50’s I encouraged him to have a full medical check-up with his doctor. I also suggested he get a fitness tracker. That’s when he got annoyed and made the above comment.

I must admit – I totally understand where Dave is coming from. I’m 57 myself and struggle with technology at the best of times. We tend to get a bit inflexible in our later years, and learning “new tricks” is much harder than when you’re 18.

But I have come to realize that modern technology – used smartly – can make your life easier, more comfortable and safer.

It is purely a matter of embracing the Apps and Gadgets that actually enhance your life, and avoid the noise and clutter of useless gimmicks. Often it is difficult to separate the two, and this is where clever websites like Gadgets & Wearables can help us make the right choice.

As I pointed out to Dave – I have spent most of my adult life in the pursuit of health and fitness. I always found it quite cumbersome to check my own heart rate using the old “three fingers on the wrist and start counting” method.

When I went for a specific goal or prepared for a competition I had a terrible time trying to work out calories and measuring portions to get the correct percentages right for my meal plan. Often I had to resort to guesswork and the results were never that great.

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These days, I have all the information I need at my fingertips, and within seconds. What a relief! No longer thumbing through big books to find the exact calories, getting the calculator out and sweating over percentages. It’s all done for you, in seconds.

I would hate to think how many hours I’ve wasted working out meal-plans, calories, fat calculations, metabolic rates and energy burned. These days it’s all done superfast and with absolute accuracy. No margin for error any more, which makes training and following a specific diet a breeze.

I love the convenience of being able to work out how many calories a specific exercise burns, and what percentage of Protein to Carb ratio I need to consume for optimal performance.

But for us older guys Fitness Trackers are even more important than ever.

Because we are keen to maintain our fitness, vitality, flexibility and libido into our “Golden Years”, we are aware that a lot of our friends are suffering heart-attacks, strokes and other debilitating traumas. Some survive, others don’t.

So we know we have to exercise to stay fit and healthy. But we need to do it as safely as possible. Naturally, Injury Prevention is a major part of my course. This includesmonitoring your health and being aware of how your body reacts when it is under load.

We have to work so much harder to get the results we want – especially if we haven’t trained for some years. The body needs to be introduced slowly to a new workout and diet regime, and you need to monitor every step of the way how you are doing to be safe.

In the olden days that was really guesswork, and hoping we wouldn’t get a heart-attack on the treadmill. These days, with a Fitness Tracker, you get valuable feedback in real time, and you know at every moment if you are in the safe zone or you’re overdoing it.

Depending which country you live in your device may even be connected to your health provider’s monitoring system. This means you are giving valuable data about your health 24/7 around the clock. If an emergency occurs they alreadyhave a lot of information on your current state of health – which may be crucial when it comes to saving your life.

So you may ask – what are some of the things modern Fitness Trackers can do for me?

Let me list some of the amazing benefits your tracker can help you with:

  • Calculate calories burned with each exercise
  • Count your steps and tell you what target to hit to lose fat
  • Count the number of stairs you may climb
  • …and much, much more.

The latest models look sleek, work well and some even look like an old-fashioned wristwatch if you prefer to go the traditional way. If you like the smallest version a Fitness Tracker in the shape of a ring may be best for you.

There really is no excuse these days not to monitor your health and fitness. If you need any more convincing here is a secret I want to share with you:

No matter what sport you are playing and what goals you pursue – it has been proven many times over in clinical studies: If you monitor your progress regularly you are more likely to achieve your goals because every day you get that feeling of success of having performed and achieved better than yesterday. What better way to self-motivate!

So, give yourself a push. Being in your 50’s, 60’s and beyondis no excuse to give up on fitness. In order to stay safe and fulfil your goals invest in a high quality Fitness Tracker. You owe it to yourself to keep up with that part of technology that serves you well and keeps you safe!

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Michael Bannert

Michael Bannert is a “Grandmaster” Bodybuilder over 50. The pursuit of Personal Fitness and Well-Being lead him to create his website www.MuscleBuildingForMenOver50.com where he teaches his safe and easy system how to get fit, lose fat, build muscle and achieve that attractive male body for your mature years.

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