Making Fitness Trackers Work For You

Making Fitness Trackers Work For You

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What actually spurred me on to sign up for Strava was that I had registered for Bounts [no longer active] but hadn’t yet made any use of it!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?! 




  1. Georgina Spenceley
    August 27, 2015 / 07:00

    Great post Elle! I've used fitness trackers on and off for ages, but working in a desk job and doing mostly resistance training I find it really hard to reach the recommended 10,000 steps, even if I go for a walk at lunchtimes! Weekends I don't struggle at all, which I think is ironically most people's more lazy time! I've stopped wearing mine for now, but may well pick it up again soon! PS, I have my eyes on a super slick feminine model for my next one… I'm doing a teaser post soon 🙂 xx

    • Elle Linton
      August 27, 2015 / 10:22

      Ooh look forward to reading that post! …There is also a new one out, Speedo Shine by Misfit that I wanna get my hands on! Now swimming is a part of my fitness routine I want it to count! 🙂 x

  2. Coco
    August 24, 2015 / 10:11

    Really, I enjoy being active, but my Garmin Vivosmart reminds me to move every hour when I'm working.

    • Elle Linton
      August 25, 2015 / 14:35

      I'd love a little nudge every hour! Working in an office with the bathroom is two floors down has meant I've become so lazy even when I need the bathroom! haha! Once I have my new tracker I will make much more of an effort! I hope! 😉

  3. CARLA
    August 24, 2015 / 09:48

    I LOVE my polar loop.mainly for fun but I do find it inspiring and motivating too.I often dont realize how LITTLE IM WALKING during work.

    • Elle Linton
      August 25, 2015 / 14:34

      I love how accessible HR training is now! A few years back it wasn't common knowledge! …as for the 10,000 a day… I think I'm either one extreme or the other …I either don't stop moving or don't move at all! haha!

  4. August 24, 2015 / 06:22

    I've used fitness trackers on and off- I've previously used a jawbone but stopped wearing is at it just didn't look good enough to wear on a daily basis. I did find it useful to track my steps and my husband and sister still wear them every day and competitively compare their steps! Bex has a whitings watch and it actually looks like a normal watch and is quite stylish so if I get another one, I think it'll be that. I find them useful to get active but generally just being accountable to myself is enough to get me out the door xx

    • Elle Linton
      August 25, 2015 / 14:33

      I know myself now (at the ripe old age of 30) and I know I need more than myself to be accountable to! haha! I like these devices, just can get a little addictive in a sense! But having friends to compare to always helps! I find when I'm down the bottom on the Nike+ leaderboard for running I always feel a little more motivated to get out there! xoxo

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