Chinese New Year is officially over (the 15th day was on Monday), so no more excuses and time to start exercising again.
If you’re still not fully convinced that a leaner body is better for you, do check out our earlier blog post to get a handle on why obesity isn’t a good thing where your wallet is concerned.
While you cannot exercise your way out of a bad diet, the way to maintaining weight and fitness does require moving your limbs an inch forward (seriously). We know it’s easier said than done, that’s why we have some digital help for you – fitness gadgets that are designed to help you get a head start and overcome the inertia.
There’s a smartwatch for that
Ask any fitness enthusiasts and they will tell you the importance of tracking heart rates in order to attain the maximum performance from your body. But is this even necessary when your modest objective is simply to lose some flab?
The answer is yes. Generally, you’ll want to work out at about 75% to 85% of your maximum heart rate, or within the “aerobic” or “cardio” zone, so you can burn more calories. Even the less ambitious activities like brisk walks or stationary biking should get your blood pumping between 60% and 75% of your maximum heart rate, also known as the “fat-burning zone”.
That’s where a fitness smartwatch such as Fitbit Surge comes into the picture. Armed with a built-in optical heart rate monitor and GPS, the nifty watch is not only your daily physical activity tracker but also an excellent companion to monitor your workout progress and heart rate in real-time.
What’s more, its battery life of up to seven days on a single charge means you can sleep with it and get valuable insights to the quality of your sleep.
Numbers don’t lie
A wise man once said that you cannot manage what you can’t track, so you need a Fitbit Aria. The Aria is a sleek Internet-connected weighing machine that replaces your notepad and pen routine, to keep a close tab on your weight as you progress through your exercise routine.
Because short-term fluctuations in weight don’t give you a realistic picture of your health and fitness. We love that our weighing results can be recorded and transmitted through a Wi-Fi network to our private Fitbit dashboard. The figures are then translated into a graph, plotted over weeks and months for you understand the history of your progress – whether you have progressed or stagnated.
Powered by four AA batteries, the Aria also gives you an estimation of your body mass using bioimpedance analysis, and can be configured for up to eight different individuals, so you can encourage your family members to join in the fitness club too.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get on your feet and get moving. Be sure to check out our best credit card deals on our comparison site if you're applying for one before shopping. Or if you're considering a health insurance policy, we have the right plans for you too.
The Bear cannot stress enough on seeking proper medical advice before embarking on any exercise regime.