Suck it up and try it: Wearable Fitness Edition

It’s happening all around you. Your coworkers, your girlfriends, your friends, and heck, even your parents are flipping up their wrists and checking on their fitness. They’re monitoring their steps, they’re tracking their miles, they’re recording what they’ve eaten, and there you are, resisting this inevitable movement. One in five people now owns wearable fitness technology and is using it to monitor their diet, track their activity, and set personal fitness goals. Maybe you’re not getting on board with wearable fitness tech because you find the devices garish. Maybe you don’t want to be obsessively checking your steps and miles and heartrate, or maybe you think they are overpriced and a waste of money.  Regardless of the reason, it’s time to just suck it up and try it. If you are a male over the age of 30 you are facing some harsh realities: you are losing testosterone at the rate of one percent per year and you have a 3 in 4 chance of being overweight or obsess. It’s high time to prioritize yourself and your fitness the same you prioritize your career and your relationships. Some key suggestions by professionals on how to achieve a weight loss or lifestyle change is to track it, publicize it, and schedule it. Wearable fitness makes it easy, and with about a million choices, there’s no reason to not get one.


Suck It Up:

“But I don’t want to give up wearing the watch I love.”

It’s true, men who wear watches are more successful than their non-watch wearing counterparts. If you have a watch that you are unwilling to part with you could go the route of a discreet wireless product that fits in a pocket or attaches to a belt loop. No one will even know you’re wearing it if you don’t want them to. (Isn’t having secrets fun?)

Try It:

Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker


It’s small, discreet, and can be worn in addition to your favorite watch. It tracks your steps, distance, and calories.


Suck It Up:

“Wearable Fitness Trackers just don’t fit with my style.”

Yes, fine. Some are sort of ugly, but with hundreds of brands on the market today in hundreds of different styles, there are very stylish options to choose between. Wearable fitness fashion has come a long way, and in many cases, your fitness tracker won’t even look like a fitness tracker.

Try It:

Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

The Fitbit Blaze has a sleek and stylish watch face with a similar look to the Apple Smart Watch. Plus, it comes with tons of band options to customize the look and fit for each wearer.


Samsung Gear Fit2 Smartwatch


It’s always good to have at least one sporty watch in your collection. You’re not going to wear your Omega watch to that Mud Run and it’s best that your Breitling stays home when you hit the trails. The Samsung Gear Fit2 Smartwatch is water resistant and durable which makes it a great companion for your more adventurous (but still stylish) side.


Suck It Up:

“I don’t want to pay a fortune for something I might not even use.”

It is true that 33% of individuals who purchase a wearable fitness device stop using it within the year, so it is understandable that you don’t want to throw a ton of money at something when you aren’t even sure you’ll like it or use it. But if you are unsure about which is the right product for you, you can purchase a high-quality, low-cost item to get you into the game.

Try It:

Pebble Time Smartwatch


This product is going to give you all the perks of a wearable fitness tracker (steps, sleep, fitness, activity, etc.), but you can get it for a fraction of the cost of some of the other bigger names. This item will only run you fifty-five dollars, so it’s not a huge financial commitment.


Bottom Line:

You’ve been thinking about making a purchase for a while now, and now is a good time to get in the game. With so many options for your fashion, financial, and technological needs, there is basically no reason not to try one.


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