What would happen if you wore a fitness tracker for one year?

The Garmin Vivofit fitness tracker has a one year battery life and is waterproof. This means you can put it on your wrist on January 1, 2016 and not take it off until the fireworks of December 31.

Over the course of 2016 you would have a complete record of your steps taken daily, the amount of sleep you are getting each night, and the distance you cover each day.

The tracker screen displays your daily data. This means you would know the amount of steps you have taken everyday.

On workdays, if you have been sitting down for over an hour, the Vivofit alerts you with a red GET UP AND MOVE bar. For best health you need to stand up for 5 minutes of every hour. Doing so can help wake your muscles up and spark your metabolism.

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What impact could a year of wearing this device have on your life? 

Details your activity levels

Firstly, if you have been unsure about your activity levels, wearing this tracker across the year would give you a very clear picture of how much you are moving across the days, weeks and months. No longer will you be able to convince yourself you are getting enough if the tracker shows very clearly that you are barely moving apart from a walk to your Sunday brunch.

What about if you went to the doctor and they asked you about your weight and physical activity levels? Often we overestimate how much physical activity we have actually been doing, with the Garmin Vivofit you wouldn’t.

Doctor: Can you think of why your weight has increased?

You: Actually Doctor the fact that I have been very inactive over the last three months may have had an impact on my weight gain.

Simple! No longer will it be a mystery as to why your weight continues to creep up. This is especially if you combine the Garmin Vivofit with the food scoring feature of Glyco.

With Glyco, you could also look at your monthly blood glucose averages or HbA1c results and compare them with your physical activity levels. You would probably recognise on the months where you had a low step count that your blood glucose levels were not so crash hot either!

Encourages you to increase your activity level

More aware of your daily step average now? Take small steps (no pun intended) to start increasing it to a more active level. If your average is around the 5,500 mark, each month you might aim to increase your average by 500 steps. By the end of the year your daily average would be 11,000 steps. Over the course of the year, you would move from a couch potato to a super active human being, covering around 9kms a day!

500 steps is the equivalent to one short loop of an athletics track, or a 5 minute walk around the block. Don’t have 5 minutes to spare? Think about how much of your time health problems would take up. Which would you prefer?

Better health outcomes

Increase your physical activity level by increasing your step count. This will significantly reduce your risk of the complications of diabetes, in particular heart disease and stroke.

Consider getting a tracker such as the Garmin Vivofit to increase your physical activity in a sustainable manner. It’d be a good step towards long term health! At the very least it will allow you to be honest with yourself on how much you are truly moving your body.