In the age of wearable tech, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to begin!
One way to start getting consistent is to begin tracking your steps. If you already have a smartphone, there is likely a tracker built into the phone. This would require no additional investment from you and can help you to get a sense for how much you're moving on a daily basis. As long as your phone is on your person, it will be relatively accurate. The iPhone has a Health app which can track steps daily, weekly, month and annually.
You can find the health app, HERE.
Once you establish your current trends, you can work towards making short term goals. If for the last month you've been averaging 1.5 miles per day, try to push the next 3 months to an average of 2 miles per day. And build from there!
If you're ready to take it to the next level, consider investing in a heart rate monitoring device. The most important thing we try to get our students to do is monitor their heart rate during training sessions. By understanding our heart rate, it can help us to make the right decisions about intensity. For example, if you're running long slow distance and red-lining the heart, this is not going to be very beneficial. But if you're running for 30-60 minutes at an aerobic heart rate (180-age) then it will be a very low cost to the body and allows us to actually progress faster over time.
If we're using the bells and the goal is to perform a low-cost aerobic training session, we may need to adjust our work to rest ratios based on our individual ability to recover between bouts. There is no way we will know this information though without the heart rate!
Our favorite heart rate monitor is the Polar H10. It's bluetooth and can connect to your phone. They have a free app called Polar Beat. You can find the monitor HERE!
Rachel has been using the Apple Watch for the last 2 years and really enjoys it. It is a higher price point than the first two options, but allows you to collect data for a large range of activities and habits. You can track steps, training sessions, heart rate and HRV, recovery and more. Depending on your needs, goals and fitness level you can find a type of wearable tech that works best for you!
If you feel you need the Apple Watch, you will have access to tons of trends to monitor. You can pull up the data on your phone and analyze improvements in your training based on a number of metrics. Sometimes it can be tough to not see the scale move or not be able to break through that max deadlift! But, you can celebrate small and extremely important wins like recovering faster after training, having a lower heart rate during sessions, or having your peak heart rate in a high effort bout become lower than it used to be -- meaning you're in much better shape!
To check out the options for the Apple Watch, click HERE.
What do you currently use? If it's something not listed here, shoot us a note and let us know the pros and cons of your wearable tech!
Stay strong out there,