Should I Get a Fitness Tracker?
Why Celeb Trainer Harley Pasternak Recommends a Wearable to All His Clients
Have you been thinking of investing in a new tracker or fitness wearable? We recently chatted with Harley Pasternak, MSc — celebrity trainer (to Ariana Grande, Amy Schumer, and Katy Perry, to name a few), New York Times bestselling author, and longtime Fitbit fan and ambassador — to ask him why he recommends wearables to his A-list clients. What we loved about his response was that each of his reasons were rooted in living a happier, healthier life. Check it out!
Create Your Own Fit Lifestyle
With a tracker (like Harley's favorite Fitbit, the new Ionic), there's no cookie-cutter fitness routine or lifestyle. Healthy living isn't one-size-fits-all, and your routine doesn't have to be, either. "With a wearable, you optimize your lifestyle to untether yourself, to unshackle yourself from the elliptical . . . or the monotony of being stuck in a building or room designated for working out or sweating."
What he means is that you don't have to be stuck within the confines of a traditional gym to be healthy. One of his favorite ways to stay active himself (in addition to what he recommends to clients) is simply walking. A wearable allows you to create a custom routine and lifestyle that fits your personality, needs, and preferences, which in the long run will be far more sustainable.
Getting at least seven hours of sleep nightly is one of Harley's best weight-loss tips for a number of reasons. "One of the main [factors that] contribute to our clients' weight gain: stress and fatigue from poor quality and quantity of sleep," he told POPSUGAR. "Having a Fitbit really helps you understand how well or not well — or how much or how little — you're sleeping, and things you can optimize or change in your life to help your sleep. Fitbit will tell you when — specifically for you — the best time to go to sleep is based on your lifestyle."
Find Strength in Numbers
Beginning your healthy lifestyle can be intimidating and isolating, and the power of community and support in a weight-loss or fitness journey cannot be understated. "No need to go it alone," said Harley. With a tracker, "You're able to link yourself to friends, coworkers, and people who have like-minded goals so you can challenge each other or support each other to help [each other] be more active."