Ageing Well with Gadgets: The Fitness Tracker

Fitness Trackers

What can a Fitness Tracker like Fitbit do for us? Well, there is much to be gained from wearing a tracker according to those who have bought one and have used it regularly. Apart from being a device which provides data about fitness, it’s functions include monitoring heart beat rate, measuring sleep levels while the device can plug in and show the effects of exercise. You can wear them on the wrist similar to a watch or clip them on to a belt. Most fitness trackers appear easy to use and unsophisticated in design. Due to a rising number of users in their later years, they are creating quite a buzz.

These gadgets come with a step tracker which measures foot fall throughout the day, very popular with many older users who admit the tracker has encouraged them to do more. Theoretically by walking around Colchester, one can measure the exact number of steps taken and use the data to set targets in an engaging and meaningful way which for some has become an enjoyable experience. One member of our focus group representing over 65s said: “They encourage us to keep moving, and in my case, I can keep an eye on my heart rate as well.” 

There are a number of trackers on the market with some smart watches even going as far as measuring blood pressure. Users can set up individual notifications for useful reminders when to do exercise so that they stay healthy from doing enough activity during the day. A fitness tracker will connect to a computer and log information which is easy to read using both graphs and figures for comparison.

So put simply, the key areas of concern in later years Sleeping, Diet and Wellbeing can be monitored by a Fitness Tracker for an update on your current health status. Such information is more than useful, particularly keeping an eye on a health condition or to help prevent an illness in the future.

Sleeping Habits

It is important to sleep well in later years so a fitness tracker can show quality of sleep and recognise sleep cycles during the night. From setting the appropriate number of hours you intend to sleep, you will get automatic feedback in the morning. While aiming to reach your optimal sleep duration, changes can be made as necessary to establish improved quality of sleep over a set period of time.

Diet Tracking

Fitbit contains bar code scanning technology to check data on nutritional intake. If a more balanced diet is required, the details can be used to prompt a healthy diet depending on the information generated from the user’s eating habits. The device will keep a diary of meals and then analysis the information against what is ideal for your age group. 

Wellbeing from Exercise

If you ever wanted to know how many calories you are burning during a brisk walk and to set future targets from the steps taken along the way, a fitness tracker will calculate all them for you. When you need to make changes to your exercise routine, a series of prompts can be programmed in to remind you.

Connection through Social Activities

Of course sharing fitness activities with others can be fun, possibly even better with a fitness tracker: It takes more than one person to compare statistics and set targets together from such a device. In an effort to combat loneliness, this is a fun way to connect with others and improve your health at the same time.

Always ask your GP or health professional if you are worried about a health matter who will be able to give you further advice.

Here are some useful websites so you can explore the range in the UK:

Best Fitness & Activity Trackers for Seniors

Best fitness tracker for seniors

6 Versions of Fitbit for Seniors