4 Brilliant Ways GPS Devices Can Help You Meet Your Exercise Goals
New Year’s Day is drifting further away in the rearview mirror. Are you still on track with your New Year’s fitness goals? If you are like most Americans, you are finding it harder to put on your workout gear and head to the gym. To help you breathe new life into your resolutions, we’ve come up with a few ways to use GPS trackers to stay motivated no matter how you choose to exercise.
GPS Trackers Are Accurate
Whatever type of exercise you’re engaged in, a GPS can be handy. Keen cyclists among you may be familiar with the use of GPS devices to track bikes, but they are useful in conjunction with any activity as they follow precisely where you are and offer accurate information about your workout. There are few fitness trackers that are able to go underwater or function in harsh weather, and they are nowhere near as meticulous since they rely on estimates from an accelerometer, not your actual position based on satellite information.
GPS Devices Track the Specifics of Your Workout
Much like the fanciest fitness trackers, today’s GPS devices are able to detect and report your heart rate. But, GPS goes beyond that. If you are doing a sprint workout, whether on foot or on wheels, you are able to see how fast you are accelerating. If your exercise regimen involves hill work, you can see the changes in elevation throughout your session.
In a report released by the Consumer Technology Association, researchers found that 50% of consumers do not exercise because they lack the motivation to do so. The best way to stay motivated is to set goals for yourself. Sure, it’s great to have one clear overarching goal, but you also need to break this up into smaller attainable goals that are easy to track. An accurate GPS tracker will provide you with ideas for new goals to strive for. And, with this internal motivation to beat your PRs, you are much more likely to stick with your exercise program.
Push Yourself to Go Harder
Hand-in-hand with staying motivated, you are also more likely to push yourself harder when you can see accurate information about your workout and therefore attempt to achieve better times, speeds, or higher intensities. For example, if your mile pace is typically 3:15 while cycling, you can use your GPS device to track your pace and try to get down to three-minute miles.
While Fitbits and smartwatches are all the rage these days, the bottom line is they were not designed to accurately handle the high-intensity workouts you need to get in the best shape of your life. This is where GPS devices come in handy.