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Ready, tech, go! Wearable Fitness and New Year’s Resolutions: How to Stay Fit and Reach Your Goals in 2015


Every January, without fail, thousands of Canadians eagerly sign up for gym memberships in hopes of getting healthier. But most New Year’s resolutions about keeping fit are short lived because people push themselves too hard too fast, burning out quickly. In fact, a survey by the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that only 64 per cent of people continue their New Year’s workouts into February.

Wearable technology can help

Rather than hitting the gym five days a week for 90-minute workouts, how about starting off with a more sustainable regime by going a couple of times a week and complementing those sessions by setting and tracking your goal of increasing day-to-day physical activity using wearable tech?

Connected mobile devices and wearable health technology are completely transforming the way we monitor our health – from our performance at the gym to our pace during our daily run. It can help you stay motivated and focused by clearly breaking down your daily activities so you easily know what you’re doing right and what you need to work on. A PWC study shows that people are already seeing the benefits of wearables and how they can help maintain a healthy lifestyle: it found that 77 per cent of respondents want a wearable to exercise smarter, and 67 per cent want one to help eat better.

If you’re still unsure about the world of wearable technology, we have good news! We’ve established a team of Health Tech Trainers, like me, who are experts in making all this stuff work for you. Through free, personalized, one-on-one sessions, we can help you determine which mobile health accessory is best to help you reach your fitness goals. We help you on-the-spot in-store, at a time that’s convenient. All TELUS Health Teach Trainers undergo comprehensive training to help you find the best health and fitness solutions. In addition to knowing the ins and outs of all the popular fitness trackers, we can suggest a number of useful apps to use that will enhance your experience and keep you focused.

We know that not everyone gets their workout in a gym; perhaps your activity comes from organized sports or running outdoors. Individual fitness calls for tailored devices and apps. With that in mind, we’ve built our selection of fitness wearables to help Canadians find the perfect device that match their health and fitness goals, whether it tracks steps, monitors sleep or improves golf games.

Did you know there are an estimated 97,000+ mobile apps related to health and fitness on the market today? It can get overwhelming! To help you get started, I’ve hand-picked the five top accessories to help reach your goals this year, no matter what they are:

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So are you ready? Make 2015 the year of successful fitness resolutions. Visit a Health Tech Trainer at your local TELUS store to find out which wearable is right for you. I hope to see you soon!

Matt Biggar is a TELUS Learning Specialist and Health Tech Trainer. Follow Matt on Twitter @MattBiggar.