Tracking your progress is the best way to understand if your fitness and nutrition plan is working.
If you want real results with your fitness and nutrition plan you need to take a look at all the factors that will contribute to your success and failures.
Getting an understanding of what your body needs to perform at its best consistently requires the tracking and planning of your nutrition, activities, and recovery methods.
You might get to a point in your training where you want to optimize and be more efficient to get the most out of your efforts. This is a wise decision because ‘knowledge is power’ and the more you know the better you will understand what is going to help you achieve your fitness and nutrition goals.
I have come up with some of the top fitness devices that can help take you to a new level.
Planning and tracking is nothing new, but the way we can do it has become more convenient and easier to understand.
#1. Macros Scale/ Tracker
I have found a scale that allows you to weigh your food and has built-in nutritional data facts with over 2,000 different foods. This scale also allows for custom entries; making tracking your macros a breeze.
You could have a separate scale and macro tracking app, but with this scale it’s an all-in-one fitness tool, making life a little easier.
When you first begin your fitness and nutrition plan, understanding your macros is critical to your success. If you don’t know how to track your food based on your caloric expenditure you will be lost.
Having a scale that will help you with not only weighing your portions, but also giving you the macros per food in each meal can be a game changer.
Then, being able to track it all on an app helps you to be more organized and accountable for your progress.
#2. Activity Tracker
A wearable multi functional activity tracker can be a great investment that can help you pin-point key details in your behavioral patterns that will likely make achieving your goals easier.
A great activity tracker should include:
- Heart Rate Monitor
- Sleep Tracking
- Activities- Pace, Distance, and Routes
- Calorie Output
- App that Tracks Data and Progress
- Water Resistant
- Comfortable/ Stylish
- Great Battery Life
- Syncs with Computer and Phone
There are many other features and every fitness activity tracker offers different options, but they all do the same thing; track progress!
#3. Body Scale
This is a basic tool that most people may already have in their house, but now-a-days body scales aren’t what they used to be. A smart scale can give you a full-body composition analysis.
Some of the benefits of a smart scale:
- Syncs to Your Fitness Tracker App
- Measures Weight
- Measures BMI
- Measures Body Fat Percentage
- Measures Water Percentage
- Measures Body Age
- Measures Basel Metabolism
- Measures Muscle Mass
- Measures Bone Mass
Other than just looking at yourself in the mirror and stepping on an old-school scale that only tells your body weight; you will still have a hard time tracking a lot of other key factors that go into your body composition.
A smart scale will take measurements that will help you track your progress more precise and effective.
The really cool thing is that you can sync this information to your fitness tracker app to help you see how your body composition is making improvements.
Having a good camera is a great tool to document your activities. Especially, if you have a personal trainer/ coach because this will help them with determining future programming and a better understanding in your progress pattern.
It would be wise to get a camera that is built for extreme conditions and possible even waterproof.
Depending on your fitness activities a camera is a great way to help you improve technique and form in your practice by monitoring your movements.
Also, being able to go back to see your actual improvements over-time can be very rewarding.
Get a camera that will allow you to upload and edit easily, so you can create a fitness archive.
#5. Recovery Tools
There are many recovery methods and strategies, finding the right combination for you is depending on your history and preference.
Recovery tools are meant to help relieve muscle soreness and allow you to be more mobile and prepared for your next training session.
THIS IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR INJURY TREATMENT! If you are injured go see a professional(Doctor, Chiropractor, etc.).
Some great recovery devices are:
- TENS Unit– A favorite device among industry professionals for delivering drug-free pain relief.
- Vibrating Therapy Ball– Can be used to activate, soothe, or loosen muscles/ fascia.
- TheraGun Professional Massager– Is the latest innovation in handheld percussion therapy.
If you have a challenging training program set-up, more than likely you will have some days that your body will feel a little sore.
Along with having a proper nutrition plan and getting a sufficient amount of sleep on a consistent basis you may benefit from some or all of these fitness devices.
When you are serious about your progress, it’s best to keep an open-mind to new and improved ways of bettering yourself. Being recovered enough so that you don’t miss your training or workouts is totally reliant on your ability to do what it takes to STAY READY!
Technology has become a useful tool if used properly.
Allowing you to take your planning to new levels. By tracking and understanding what elements in your fitness plan are helping you; this will give you the knowledge to make improvements faster and more consistent.
You want to have a well-rounded fitness and nutrition plan that you are able to track your progress and make adjustments when necessary.
I feel that if you are serious about results, then you should do whatever is necessary to achieve those results.
Does this mean you need any of these devices to get you there.
Ask yourself this, would you rather use a hammer or a rock to pound a nail down?
A hammer… Right!
Because you have access to devices/ tool(s) that can help you get better more efficiently, why wouldn’t you take advantage and get the most out of your fitness and nutrition plan.
With this being said the most important factor to your success is being consistent.
Over time, you will evolve in your training and may require changes in your nutrition and recovery methods, so the best way to know what works and what your body needs is to track your progress.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.-Albert Einstein
All the best,