Monday, 4 January 2016

Top 10 Fitness Trackers & How to get the most from yours

Top 10 Fitness Trackers & How to get the most from yours | Image: Fitbit


We started using pedometers in the 80's after it was proven that 10,000 steps a day was the proper balance against caloric intake to maintain a healthy body. Today, there are so many more advanced fitness trackers on the market that most of us who are health conscious, own one. Here's a list of the top 10 fitness trackers, as rated by Which? independent test labs, plus our tips on how to make the most of yours.

Top 10 Fitness Trackers...

1. Fitbit One
2. LG Lifeband Touch
3. Jawbone UP24
4. Sony SmartBand SWR10
5. Garmin Vivosmart
6. Fitbit Zip
7. Fitbit Charge HR
8. Sony SmartBand Talk SWR30
9. Fitbit Surge
10. Withings Pulse O2

Compare features on the Which? website.

How to get the most from your fitness tracker...


1. Maintain sustainable energy levels: It's important to have healthy energy levels in the first place, not only for your workout, but for concentration and productivity too. Optimize your levels of energy by following these tips:

a) Eat at regular intervals
b) Don't skip breakfast
c) Get your 5 a-day
d) Eat slow-burning starches such as potatoes and wholegrain food for sustained energy
e) Avoid added sugars in your diet
f) Eat iron-rich foods to prevent fatigue
g) Make sure your caloric intake matches your activity levels

Read more at nhs.uk

2. Work out at the right time: It's scientifically proven that women burn more fat by working out after eating, whilst men burn more on an empty stomach. To maximise this fat-burning shortcut, workout at a time of day you can stick with so that it becomes a habit.

Learn more on this at bbc.co.uk and at webmd.com.

3. Stay hydrated: Of course, it's also important to stay hydrated in order to maintain cell function, so firstly avoid the dehydrating effects of excessive alcohol. Coconut water is even more hydrating than standard water, plus the potassium content contributes to muscle function; coconut water is essentially nature's sports drink! Commercial sports drinks are filled with added sugar, which gives the body an unsustainable energy boost. Instead, focus on step 1 for sustainable energy.

Read more on the contents of sports drinks here, and more on the benefits of coconut water on livestrong.com.

4. Get your protein: After your workout, feed muscle repair and growth with protein-rich foods such as lean beef, poultry, cheese, eggs and white fish. Avoid protein shakes and supplements, as these are proven to make no difference to muscle growth. As long as you get your RDA of protein, that's 46g for women and 56g for men, then you don't need anything else as the body simply gets rid of it as waste.

Read more on protein supplements and whether they help you put on more muscle here.

Read more on the RDA of protein here.
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