Wearable fitness trackers are a stylish way to up your fitness game.
Wearable fitness trackers—in the form of bands, bracelets and watches—are considered cool, high-tech gadgets used to track your every waking moment and sleep patterns, nudge you to move when you've sat for too long and tell you to step it up during an activity or workout.
Celebrity personal trainer Harley Pasternak (harleypasternak.com) is a big believer that the right tools can help you stay active and maintain mobility, strength and endurance, all of which help slow down or reverse bone density loss and muscle atrophy. He uses the Fitbit to help guide and motivate his red-carpet clients.
Motivation to move
Stay Active Throughout the Day
Look at your daily life and find ways to work fitness in, says Pasternak. Can you take a longer route to work, use the stairs instead of the elevator, go outside to a local café for a break or healthy snack? Fitness trackers can easily track your steps, activity, heart rate, sleep, calories and other fun facts that can keep you motivated.
Build Aerobic and Muscular Strength
"Make sure you're building strength with exercises like lunges, planks, taking the stairs, squats, hip thrusts and push-ups," instructs Pasternak. "During these exercises, aim to elevate your heart rate, which boosts your metabolic rate and burns more calories. When I train many of my clients, I stress for them to hit specific heart rate goals, which can be measured by the trackers, instead of speeds, and to also watch how fast their heart rate recovers when they pause after doing intense cardio."
Walk, Walk, Walk, Walk, Walk
"One of the best things you can do after age 45 is simply walk," advises Pasternak. "Get yourself a fitness tracker to help track your steps, and try your best to get to at least 10,000 steps a day. Strive for more if you're trying to lose weight." During the summer months, ditch the gym and get outside more. Take advantage of what your city has to offer and use its landscape to get fit. Walking outside is a perfect way to get fresh air and vitamin D, which have many benefits. The outdoors also activates the senses and makes you feel great. Plus, it's free!
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