The Fitbit wristband became a fad when it came out in 2012, just like the rest of the new technologies. It was amazingly popular because not only was it cool to wear but it was a wearable gadget that aimed to keep a person fit and healthy. Soon, hundreds of other fitness trackers emerged, those that were backed with health experts, psychologists, and other professionals that would vouch for the efficiency of these gadgets.
However, while Fitbit and other trackers that are equally popular are relatively more expensive, coaches and fitness enthusiasts say that the cheaper brands of trackers and pedometers are still efficient and beneficial in assisting individuals who are trying to lose weight or stay fit. That means we don’t need to buy the Fitbit brand itself.
Evidence shows that living a sedentary lifestyle puts one’s physical and mental health at risk. Aside from a lot of health benefits, being physically active has proven to play a vital role in permanent weight loss and a positive outlook in life. Even with just these advantages, it is indeed true that one should not take for granted the importance of encouraging people around us to become active physically.
Some people just find it difficult to commit to changing their bad habits, but more studies are showing that using gadgets to keep track of physical activity is an efficient method for them to increase their motivation to stay fit. However, although these self-tracking devices can help increase motivation in people who want to stay fit and healthy, most people find it hard to believe that they can help maintain one’s health for the long term.
Commitment Plays A Vital role
Commitment plays a very important role in determining whether or not a person is capable of maintaining or increasing his physical activity to achieve wellness, although not all kinds of commitment are as effective. The Self-Determination Theory suggests that three types of commitment or motivation are distinguished according to quality.
The autonomous motivation is seen when an individual willingly does something at his own volition and with a positive outlook. On the other hand, when he performs an activity primarily to satisfy other people, to get a reward, or to compete with others, this is known as controlled motivation, which is a lower type of motivation quality. Lastly, motivation describes a person who has no intention or desire to participate in any activity at all. In conclusion, both higher (autonomous) and lower (controlling) types of motivation can elicit certain changes in one’s behavior, although autonomous motivation is more useful in the long term, specifically for weight loss and physical and mental activity.
Positive Outcomes Of Fitness Trackers
The findings of the study proved how self-supervising and setting goals of progress utilizing fitness trackers and pedometers were successful in developing autonomous motivation for improved physical well-being during and after participating in a fitness training program.
Some individuals who made positive changes said that they did not use the trackers eventually, as they have habitually made long-term positive changes to their lifestyles and being physically active has become part of their everyday lives. Others still made use of their fitness trackers just because they enjoyed using them and keeping track of their progress through the gadget.
Women fitness buffs described their tracker as ‘something that’s been a special part of our everyday motivation to be active’ despite having finished their fitness training programs. On the contrary, those who struggled with keeping their programs and had commitment issues stated that it was frustrating to see their lack of progress as it confirmed their failure in achieving their weight loss goals.
Overall, most of our research and studies have shown that fitness trackers and pedometers are indeed useful motivational devices by both men and women. These devices support them in their hopes to achieve their long-term goal of becoming more physically active from when they participate in a weight loss program up until they finish the program and try to maintain their physical and mental well-being on their own.
Fulfillment, happiness, and an enhanced sense of wellness are all perfect reasons that would encourage even the most hesitant among us to get hold of our trackers.