Fitness trackers are so popular most people don't think twice when they see someone wearing them. In addition to tracking workouts, fitness trackers can count steps, gauge sleep quality, track calorie intake, and a lot more.

With all of the options and possibilities, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Are fitness trackers just a fad, or do they provide legitimate health benefits?

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1. Provide Accountability

The most significant obstacle many people face when it comes to a healthy diet or regular exercise program is motivation. Using a fitness tracker provides a daily reminder of your goals and a way to tell at a glance if you met them.

Some fitness trackers have gamification components. Many people find that creating challenges and seeking to meet or surpass daily or weekly goals with friendly virtual competition or notification pushes provides powerful motivation.

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