I guess I must’ve started running in 2007; that’s how much data I have stored via Nike+ …9 whole years worth. It’s got to the point that I don’t like to run unless it’s being tracked; I don’t necessarily have to be following my stats during the run but I like to be able to look back after the occasion.
My first every fitness tracker must’ve been a pedometer though. Mostly through work and workplace health challenges which I used to organise for my office in my previous work life.
Then came the Nike Fuelband which was slapped on my wrist for 3 solid years. After breaking for what must’ve been the fourth time, waiting for my replacement to arrive, I just kinda went cold turkey and never put one back on (with the exception of running).
It seems though, that fitness trackers are gaining popularity again; Legal & General wrote an article about why that might be as well as some of the history of how fitness trackers came about. It reminded me about the old 10,000 steps per day ideal and how wearable technology can serve as a form of motivation to get active!
I’m willing to forgo my undecorated wrist for a while and get back in the game! But, I want the benefits to be more than a whole heap of data to stare at on a computer screen every night!
1. Find Your Tracker of Choice
There are so many to choose from now that it’s quite a hard decision to make! Ask your friends for opinions on the ones they own, read reviews on blogs and then compare prices and features (and colours too, right?). Do you need to spend £500 on an Apple Watch?! Or is £100 on a Fitbit Charge 3 a more affordable option?!
2. I Signed Up for Strava
This weekend, I reached out to friends on Twitter to find out a little more about Strava. From what I can gather so far, it seems to be a community for runners and cyclists to track their workouts, share with friends on the app and get a little bit of a boost from virtual high fives. I hate running with my phone, but Strava can get all the data it needs by connecting it to my TomTom Cardio GPS meaning I don’t need to change anything about the way I track my runs.
3. Make Money From Your Sweaty Pursuits
What actually spurred me on to sign up for Strava was that I had registered for Bounts [no longer active] but hadn’t yet made any use of it! Basically, you get points for being active and can exchange those points for vouchers. I don’t currently have a compatible tracker, but connecting my TomTom to Strava means I can start earning points as Strava is connected to Bounts! It’s free to join and if you use my referral code (linton739) we’ll each get 20 points after you complete your first activity! Sweet!
Do you wear a fitness tracker?! What’s the best way to get yourself motivated to be active?!