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Why You Should Wear a Fitness Tracking Device at Work


Fitness tracking devices have become increasingly popular in recent years. Also known as an activity tracker, they are designed to track and record fitness metrics like walking distance, calories burned, heart rate and sleep quality. Contrary to what many people believe, though, you can -- and should -- wear them in the workplace. Assuming your employer doesn't prohibit them, wearing a fitness tracking device at work can benefit you in the following ways.

Discourages Sitting

Depending on your job, you may sit for seven or more hours a day. Office workers, for example, often sit in front of a computer for their entire shift. Over time, sitting for so many hours can take a toll on your health. You can overcome this problem, however, by wearing a fitness tracking device. Although there are different types of fitness tracking devices, most reveal the number of steps that you take each day. If you aren't taking at least 10,000 steps per day -- the equivalent of 30 minutes of exercise -- you should reevaluate your daily activities so that you spend less time sitting and more time moving.

Your Employer May Offer It

If you're thinking about wearing a fitness tracking device at work, talk to your employer to see if your company offers them through a workplace wellness program. According to Glassdoor, more than 13 million fitness tracking devices were shipped last year for workplace wellness programs. Basically, employers offer workplace wellness programs to encourage healthier lifestyle choices with their employees. Therefore, some of these programs include fitness tracking devices free of charge.

Prevents Fatigue

You may discover that you have higher energy levels while wearing a fitness tracking device at work. This is because you'll know exactly how many steps you take -- and possibly the number of calories that you burn -- while working. And if you discover that you aren't moving enough, you may try to increase your physical activity at work, which naturally prevents fatigue.

Fewer Sick Days

Finally, you may find yourself taking fewer sick days when wearing a fitness tracking device at work. Statistics show that the average employee in the United States gets about eight paid sick days per year. Once you reach this limit, you won't be paid for any additional sick days taken for that year. With fitness tracking devices promoting health and wellness, though, you may take fewer sick days, resulting in a bigger paycheck.

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