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Track It and Achieve It Logging your diet and fitness regime helps you reach your goals

WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ACHIEVING YOUR fitness and nutrition goals? Track it. Activity trackers and fitness and nutrition apps have exploded in popularity, but can they actually help you lose weight, even get healthier? The answer is yes, but only if you use them. Even before the “tracking revolution” I was a believer. I wore a Polar heart rate monitor with a chest strap for years, and I have since switched to other trackers. Every time I play tennis, jog, or go to the gym, I check my tracker periodically to make sure I am in my


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target heart rate zone. Too low, I pick up the pace. Too high, I make sure it doesn’t stay there for long. When I finish and hit the stop button, I know how long I exercised, my average heart rate and, the one I really like, how many calories I burned. I was always aware that singles tennis burned more calories, but I never knew just how many more. I discovered that a hard singles match was about two times the calorie burn of a moderate doubles match. This inspired me to play more singles. I also

learned to limit rest between sets of weight training to keep my heart rate in a higher zone, giving me some cardio benefits as I lift weights. At the end of the week, I could see how many times I worked out, how many calories I burned, and how often I was in my target heart rate zone. It is an amazing sense of satisfaction to quantify your efforts and actually reach your goals. I have since switched to the Apple Watch and I am now trying the Garmin Vivofit HR (heart rate) Fitness Band. The advantage is

NJ Lifestyle Magazine Winter 2016  
NJ Lifestyle Magazine Winter 2016