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Motivating Fitness Technology

February 12, 2014, 7:14 AM by Stephanie Gregory

Motivating Fitness Technology

Technology really has come a long way. Now people are using gadgets to track their health, like Nike Fuel Bands, Fitbits or Jawbones.

Jackie Sonstegard heads to the Sanford Wellness Center almost every day, lately she has had a new workout partner, a Nike Fuel Band.

“What it does is measures your steps and that of course, you equal that into miles," Sonstegard said. "I average 16,000 steps a day."

Sanford Wellness Center Exercise Specialist Preston Liebelt says when you first start wearing a band it may put your activity in perspective.

"I know that it's surprising even seeing the steps I take just in your normal, everyday life. I take close to enough steps here in a day to burn a majority of the calories I take in a day," Liebelt said.

For Sonstegard, the gadget tracks her workout routine on both her bracelet and an app on her phone. She can even sync the app to family members that also wear Nike Fuel Bands. That way she can keep her family accountable to their fitness goals.

"For me, it motivates me. It keeps me on track, I want to be healthy, I have seven children, six grandchildren, so I want to be the best I can be," Sonstegard said.

Above all, she says it keeps driving her to go to the gym every day.

"It just keeps me going because I want to be healthy and enjoy life," Sonstegard said.

These fitness bracelets typically run about $100.

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