Do Activity Trackers Actually Help People Exercise More?Posted on March 20, 2017

The statistics on activity trackers are as varied as the number of these available gadgets. On one hand, there are many successful stories from people using these gadgets as well as studies where groups of people have managed to increase their weekly physical activity by using digital activity trackers. On…

The statistics on activity trackers are as varied as the number of these available gadgets. On one hand, there are many successful stories from people using these gadgets as well as studies where groups of people have managed to increase their weekly physical activity by using digital activity trackers. On the other hand, there are grisly research results showing that a third of American consumers who buy wearable activity trackers stop using them within 6 months. This therefore begs the question of whether activity trackers help people exercise more or are these gadgets just a wasted investment that will end up gathering dust on the nightstand. Well, it all depends on how you approach your activity-tracking gadget. With the right mindset, you’ll be able to turn your activity tracker into a useful workout tool for life. Source of Motivation Most activity trackers come with a function that allows you to set daily or even long-term goals. Taking advantage of this function can help you stay motivated and exercise more. For example, you can challenge yourself to take 100 steps every hour, put in a reminder to go for a run during your free time, enter a certain heart rate target for your workouts, and so on. Just make sure to always check off all your set goals even when away traveling. Alternatively, you can dive headfirst into the increasingly popular feature of connecting to social media or joining a fitness community, which most fitness trackers come with. Having other people watch and comment on your progress or engaging in a little friendly competition with online peers can help increase your motivation. Encourages Accountability An activity tracker is like fitness buddy who instills accountability by monitoring your workout progress and keeping you on your toes. When you know your gadget is checking your activity levels and monitoring your progress, you will automatically want to work harder. And unlike a fitness buddy, an activity tracker will hold you accountable wherever you are even during trips. As long as you’re wearing your activity tracker, it will continue to capture your physical activity and indicate when you are lazing around even during instances where you are traveling. Some models are even designed to get you moving more by vibrating whenever you stay idle for too long. Eye-opening Insights Activity trackers can record everything from the number of calories you take in and burn every day, to the number of steps you take daily, to your heart rate during rest, active, and sleep times. This information can be really eye opening in terms of helping you exercise more. For instance, knowing your resting heart rate can help you exercise at an effective intensity whereby your heart rate goes high enough to deliver results but not too high to strain your cardiovascular system. To sum it up, the level of success you get from a fitness tracker comes down to how you use the device. If you simply strap it to your wrist and continue with your daily activities, you may not make much progress. However, if you interact with your activity tracker, you’ll find yourself exercising more and more.

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7 Strength Training Wall Workout IdeasPosted on March 20, 2017

We think of a gym with exercise equipment when we consider working out. In most cases, the idea of exercise in an empty room with just four walls can seem impractical. The reality is that you can turn the walls in a room into a strength training workout area and…

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How to Turn a Park into an Outdoor GymPosted on March 20, 2017

It is hard to be stuck in a gym now that nice weather is here; but the good news is you don’t need the gym equipment to stay in shape. Just your bodyweight and a few things found in most local parks, is all you need. As long as you…

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Spring Forward With Fun, Healthy Physical Activities for the Entire FamilyPosted on March 20, 2017

You made it through the shortest days of the year, and now that the days are longer, take some time to add more physical activity to your family’s day. Balancing your child’s school day, homework and other activities can be hectic, but making small changes this spring can lead to…

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Sexual Dysfunction Inadequately Reported In Hair Loss Drug Trials For MenPosted on March 20, 2017

Published reports of clinical trials provide insufficient information to adequately establish the safety of finasteride for treatment of hair loss in men, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study to be published April 1 in JAMA Dermatology. This study is the first meta-analysis of the quality of safety reporting in…

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Hair Loss Prescription Drug Causes More Persistent Erectile Dysfunction than Smoking, Diabetes or HypertensionPosted on March 16, 2017

Men with longer exposure to the drugs finasteride and dutasteride had a higher risk of getting persistent erectile dysfunction (ED) than men with less exposure, according to a new study. The persistent erectile dysfunction continued despite stopping these drugs, in some cases for months or years. Among young men, prolonged…

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