Modern technology can be applied to all aspects of our lives, helping things run smoother and perform better. From work to leisure, the modern world has undoubtedly become heavily reliant on technology. Technology has even evolved to help us on our fitness and health journeys. GPS trackers can be incredibly useful in monitoring our everyday activity and keeping fit and healthy. GPS tracking can help those wishing to lose weight and be more active, or simply help provide insight into the places we go or how often we move. There are many benefits to using GPS trackers for fitness and analysing our daily activity.
Plan exercise routes with geofencing
Using a GPS tracker can help you effortlessly plan your exercise route. Modern GPS trackers come with software that links to your mobile phone, allowing you to track on the go. This software can also be used to set up a geofence. A geofence is an area that can be drawn on your map, within which you are tracked. If you leave or enter this area with a GPS tracker, you will receive an instant notification or alert to your mobile. This can help stop you from accidentally deviating from your planned route, without having to pause, pull out your mobile phone and open the maps application. This feature can be very helpful whilst cycling, as GPS trackers are more accurate than mobile phone GPS, providing faster, more accurate location services. Using a GPS tracker to set up a pre-planned route is also a lot safer than trying to navigate on your phone whilst cycling. Whilst it is not illegal to cycle using your mobile, you could be fined for careless cycling.
Monitor speed and activity length
Another great feature of GPS trackers is the insights and data they offer to users. If you are keen to track your fitness progression or improve your running times, a GPS tracker can help with this with ease. GPS trackers also offer more detailed diagnostics than standard smartphone apps. If you are really interested in high-performance activities, you can collect and collate activity data to better understand trends in your fitness level. This may be handy for professional athletes, giving you that extra insight into your performance.
Reliability and sturdiness
Unlike standard smartphones, GPS trackers are a lot more reliable and sturdily built. A GPS tracker is unlikely to be damaged if dropped, as there is no glass screen or camera to shatter. When running or engaging in high-speed activity, carrying a GPS tracker may be less risky than taking your new smartphone. With phone repairs becoming more expensive as phones are made with higher quality materials, it is best to leave them at home when heading for your run. More so, as a GPS tracker’s only purpose is for GPS, they have a much longer battery life than smartphones, so they don’t constantly need to be recharged. Most GPS trackers also have an SOS button, which when pressed, sends a prewritten message to a number of your choice. Therefore, if you are ever in need of help, you can quickly make contact with someone.