My Experience with the TomTom Touch Fitness Tracker

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By: // December 19, 2016


How I use a fitness tracker to reach my fitness goals.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Over the last month, I’ve been tracking my fitness habits using the TomTom® Touch fitness tracker and today, I’m bringing you all my thoughts. To refresh your memory, the TomTom® Touch is a fitness tracker that I’ve been wearing to track all sorts of health measurements including steps, heart rate and body composition. It was very comfortable to wear and I love the bracelet style. I’ve tried fitness trackers in the past that constantly unclasped or were too tight, but that was not the case with this one. I loved incorporating it into all my workouts from daily walks with Roxy to my intense sweat sessions at the gym.

While the TomTomTouch offers a variety of features (see my previous post), I found myself using these features the most:

Goal Setting:
One of the most important things you can do if you’re trying to lose weight, gain muscle or just live healthier is to set a goal. Too many people say they’re going to start working out, but don’t actually set any goals for themselves. And, without a goal, you have nothing to work for and nothing to measure against. Once you’ve downloaded the TomTom® My Sports App, you’ll have the opportunity to set multiple goals in three categories: steps, activities and body goals. This is an awesome tool to keep yourself accountable and really create a specific direction for what you want to accomplish.

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Of course, the steps goal measures how many steps you take each day. Most recommendations are 10,000 steps a day which is definitely something to shoot for, but if you’re new to fitness or live more of a sedentary lifestyle, it would be a great idea to wear your TomTom® Touch for a week to get a baseline for how many steps you typically take and then to increase that by 1,000 each week. I set my goal at 10,000 steps a day but between my morning gym classes and the variety of meeting and errands throughout my day, I was accomplishing this each day, so next month I want to raise it even higher.

How I use a fitness tracker to reach my fitness goals.

The second goal category is for activities where you set the number and type of activities you want to do each week above and beyond your steps. This keeps you consistent with the number of workouts. My activities goal was set at 6. I believe in working out each day, and then allowing your body a rest day. Usually on my rest day, I’ll still take a long walk or try to do something active but it won’t be my usual workout routine.

How I use a fitness tracker to reach my fitness goals.

And finally, the third goal category is the body goal. Here you can set a weight, body fat or muscle goal. The weight goal is probably the most typical measurement people set when starting to work out. They want to lose weight and therefore pick a number that they want to reach. You can absolutely do that here but I often advocate for more than just a weight number; instead I believe in developing a healthier you, meaning a stronger body with more muscle rather than just a number on the scale. This is something that is typically hard to track however, the TomTom® Touch created a feature for this as well.

How I use a fitness tracker to reach my fitness goals.

 

Body Composition Analysis: The Body Composition Analysis feature is something I’ve not seen before in other trackers. How I use a fitness tracker to reach my fitness goals.Most options for body composition measurement are quite cumbersome and inconvenient: skin calipers, hydrostatic weighing or air-displacement plethysmography, i.e. the BOD POD. Who really wants to have their trainer pinch their skin or take a dunk in water? TomTom® Touch uses a well-known technology: BIA or bio-electrical impedance analysis. The tracker calculates your body fat and muscle mass by sending a harmless current through your body which measures the amount of resistance the current encounters. It gives you a good assessment of your body fat to muscle mass ratio. And as a trainer what I like about this feature is that it takes out the barriers many people face when trying to figure their BC out. Bottom line, you can check it every day if you want. And although you can’t gain pounds of muscle mass in the course of a few weeks, you will be able to follow it along with your health journey as it’s ideally measured over time and you won’t be able to see change in a day or two. Body composition is an important concept to me and having this feature is very helpful. Stepping on the scale indicates overall weight loss or gain, but many people often find they actually gain weight to begin with when starting to workout because they’ve gained muscle which weighs more than fat. However, body composition is the amount of body fat and lean muscle you have, not just your weight in pounds.

How I use a fitness tracker to reach my fitness goals.Heart Rate Monitor: I also loved using the heart rate feature of this tracker, something different than I’ve seen in other trackers. Every time you log an activity, you can look back at it in the app and see exactly where your heart rate was for the duration of your workout. There are five heart rate zones: sprint, speed, endure, fat burn and easy so you can see how hard you really pushed yourself. I loved checking back on this feature after my workouts and it motivated me to push myself harder. In the image on the left, you can see an example of a walk/run with Roxy. The “easy” portion will most likely include your warm up, cool down and any lower intensity portions or breaks you took, but try to get your heart rate in the other zones for the other portions of your workout depending on your goals whether that’s purely fat burn, endurance or speed. This might change workout to workout too!

Overall, I really enjoyed using the TomTom® Touch fitness tracker as a source of accountability, motivation and understanding my body. I felt more empowered during my workouts knowing that I would be able to look back at my heart rate and be able to hit certain goals I’d set for myself.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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