As a women trying to lose weight after having a child, these can be trying times. Firstly finding the time to fit in an exercise routine. And secondly having the will to actually want to do it. Whether you are a full time stay-at-home mom or working mom, time is always an issue.
Kids keep you busy. That is obvious. But what is more important is that you keep yourself fit and healthy. A happy Mommy is a happy family.
There is nothing like your very own personal fitness PA on your wrist. That’s exactly what activity trackers are about. To help you ensure you’re keeping up with the daily steps you should be doing. The total calories you burnt (helpful for justifying that class of wine!) and of course if you’re getting enough sleep. But let’s be honest, which Mom EVER gets enough sleep? So forget the sleep element. But the real benefits lie in making sure you take a brisk walk if you haven’t’ hit your ideal steps in the day, or you need to burn more calories.
A few activity trackers go one step further and offer body composition. What is body composition? Body composition is used to describe the percentages of fat, bone, water and muscle in your body. It’s a better measurement of your weight loss than stepping on a scale. And this is because our weight varies throughout the day depending on time of day, hydration and other factors.
You also get activity trackers that double up as smart watchers. Connecting your activity tracker to your phone, allows you to leave your phone in your handbag and see incoming phone and text alerts direct to your watch. Plus you can set yourself daily goals and get notifications if you’re going to reach them, and if you need to get moving more!
And then you get activity trackers for the sporty types, those that want to track not only their steps, sleep, calories but also want to use it when they go running or cycling.
We’ve listed below several activity trackers that are perfectly suited for weight loss:
TomTom Touch Cardio
Price: R1399, FitGear.co.za
Get up to 5 days battery life of tracking steps, sleep and heart rate. Comes with a built-in heart monitor. Customisable straps with 24/7 tracking. Capture steps, active time, calories burned, distance walked and sleep time. Receive phone notifications like sms and calls. You are able to set yourself daily goals
TomTom Cardio + Body Composition
Price: R1999, FitGear.co.za
Get up to 5 days battery life of tracking steps, sleep and heart rate,. Also track your body composition. Measure your body fat and muscle mass percentage with the touch of a button. Customisable straps with 24/7 tracking. Capture steps, active time, calories burned, distance walked and sleep time. Get phone notifications directly on the watch like incoming calls and text messages.
Samsung Gear Fit 2
Price: R3199, FitGear.co.za
The Samsung Gear Fit 2 comes with built-in GPS to track your running route, distance and speed in real time with precision and dedication so you can go farther, better. Get the most out of every workout with Gear Fit2’s highly accurate heart rate monitor.
Price: 2199, FitGear.co.za
TomTom Spark 3 GPS Watch. 24/7 Tracking and GPS Tracking. See Time, Distance, Speed, Pace on the go. Track all your workouts. Run. Bike. Swim. Treadmill. Gym. Indoor Cycling and more.
TomTom Spark 3 GPS Watch Cardio + Music
Price: 3899, FitGear.co.za
Train with over 500 songs AND your heart rate on your wrist. This watch comes with integrated music player and a built-in heart rate monitor. It’s also an activity tracker to capture your heart rate, steps, active minutes, and calories burned throughout the day. Plus track all your workouts. Run. Bike. Swim. Treadmill. Gym. Indoor Cycling and more.