Fitness trackers: what are they, who wears them, and why? This article from IDEA dives into the different reasons people use fitness trackers!
More trainers and instructors than ever are using fitness technology such as heart rate monitors and video capture to examine their clients’ exercise performance. But activity trackers remain a relatively untapped tool—even though the devices collect a wealth of incredibly useful data, like steps walked, hours slept, and calories burned. There are many different reasons people use trackers, and many different type of people that use them.
Fetish trackers. These people are interested in the image the tracker conveys or in the underlying technology, although some just want to have “a pretty watch.”
Reward collectors. These users want to score points, achieve for achievement’s sake and, if possible, win money or prizes.
Directive trackers. This group sets goals and limits behaviors. Some goals come from the tracker itself (e.g., the “10,000-step” mark), but once these users start wearing a tracker, they find it easier to establish goals themselves.
Documentary trackers. These people are curious about what they are doing, and they want to keep an eye on things. This doesn’t always inspire change, but guidance from a trainer can help turn documentary trackers into directive trackers.
Diagnostic trackers. These clients link data points such as activity, fatigue, and health issues. Diagnostic trackers also like to compare their numbers to other people’s numbers. They prefer specific, goal-oriented missions, completed over a period of time but not indefinitely.
** All LifeStart staff members use a heart rate monitor performance tracker called a MyZone. MyZone tracks and records any increase in heart rate to determine the effort you exert during movement and exercise. You earn MyZone Effort Points (MEPs) for every minute of activity spent in one of the five heart rate intensity zones based on your individual maximum heart rate. The more effort you put in, the more MEPs you earn! If you are interested in learning more, trying out, or buying a MyZone – talk to the LifeStart staff member at your facility! **