3 VERY USEFUL FEATURES ON YOUR TRACKER

The usefulness of activity trackers is now well established. These little devices that you wear at your wrist and don't even notice offer the following features:

> Counting the number of steps

> Estimating the speed and distance travelled when running

> Analysing your sleep

Let's go over these three features to see how they can change your life as an active person or as an athlete!

1. STEP COUNT: AN ESSENTIAL INDICATOR

Step count is the basic feature available in all activity trackers , whether they come as watches or wristbands. This measurement actually reflects your daily activity and helps you assess how you are doing in relation to the health recommendations provided by the World Health Organisation. These recommendations are the result of the compilation of epidemiological studies by international expert committees.

The WHO recommends over 20 min of moderate physical activity every day in order to reduce the risk of heart diseases, type 2 diabetes and excess weight. These recommendations about physical activity are associated with dietary recommendations. This recommendation can be translated into a total of 10,000 steps every day. A standard person walks an average 6,000 steps per day. Do the test!

2. SPEED AND DISTANCE TRAVELLED: THE BASICS OF RUNNING

In order to improve your running performances, the two indispensable measurements are the average speed and the distance travelled. With these, you will be able to assess your improvement and set goals for your next performances.

 

Note that most trackers now include an optical wrist-based HRM. The measurement of your heart rate during running sessions will help you better manage your efforts, gain better knowledge of your limits and have an accurate measurement of your calorie expenditure. It's an undeniable advantage for those who practice running on a regular basis!

3. SLEEP ANALYSIS: UNDERSTAND YOUR NIGHTS FOR BETTER DAYS!

Sleep analysis is based on the analysis of your movements during the night. Indeed, your sleep cycles can be divided into several phases: phase 1, phase 2, phase 3, and REM sleep.

 

During the phase 3 and the REM sleep, your body moves very little. Through the analysis of your number of movements, the tracker will be able to distinguish between deep sleep phase, light sleep phase or nocturnal awakening.

We all have different sleep needs and sleep cycle durations. However, the stress of our modern lives and the omnipresence of screens affect the quality of our sleep. The tracker then becomes an amazing analysis tool to find out if the changes you make to your lifestyle benefit to the quality of your sleep  (stress, sports activities, etc.).

 

Below are a few changes that could help improve the quality of your sleep:

> Reducing background noise in the bedroom

> Lowering the temperature before going to bed

> Having a moderate physical activity on a regular basis

And if these 3 features are not enough for you, remember that most activity trackers offer other types of measurements, such as the calorie expenditure, the active time, etc…

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