Learn to Run with a Fitness Band
Running is a great form of exercise. It burns fat, tones the body – especially the legs and core – and is fun. Granted running is not for everyone, but if you want to lose weight, it is guaranteed to shed the pounds fast. So how can a running band help you learn to enjoy the pleasures of running for fun and fitness?
The stores are full of cool running gadgets, but if you are new to running or you have yet to work your way up from a walk-run training programme to a lung-burning 5k around the local park, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the vast array of gadgets on offer online and in sports stores. The truth is, until you graduate to the level of a serious runner, most high-tech gadgets will be wasted on you. Yes, creating interval sessions and tracking your pace during a half marathon will be useful once you are training four or five times a week, but for the newbie runner, a simple fitness band could be a better choice.
The Pursuit of Fitness
Fitness bands, also known as fitness trackers, are great for newbie runners looking to get fit and lose a few inches from the waistline. The beauty of a fitness band is that you don’t need to over exert yourself in the pursuit of weight loss. Fitness bands are designed to be worn, often on the wrist, and they count every step you take throughout the day.
Train More Effectively
So if you are looking to get fit, you can boost your calorie consumption and tone your body by wearing a fitness band every day and monitoring how much exercise you actually do. Running will aid weight loss and boost fitness levels admirably, so use a fitness band to stay motivated and track your progress. High-end functions of more expensive fitness bands include GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring. If you want to train more effectively by comparing your performance over set routes or tracking your heart rate over set intervals, but are not yet ready to invest in a full-function GPS running watch, a fitness band is a great starting point.
Track Your Fitness Online
Many fitness bands allow the user to track their progress via smartphone apps. This allows the user to track their fitness gains online or compare progress with a friend. If you are the competitive type, you will enjoy the extra boost this gives you. I recently came across a HeartBit fitness monitor which is not a watch, but works well too.
Not Just for Running
The best thing about fitness bands is that they aren’t just for running. You can wear a fitness band all day and use it to motivate you into increasing the number of steps you take. So instead of jumping in the elevator to the fourth floor, use the stairs instead.
Fitness bands are not for the serious runner because they don’t have the accuracy of data required for a full-on training regime, but they can be very useful for a newbie runner just starting out from scratch. So what are you waiting for? Pull some running shoes on and take your new fitness band for a jog around the park today!