Get motivated - personal activity tracker style

If you are looking to lose weight, increase your physical activity or simply improve your overall health wearing a pedometer or personal activity tracker may help you reach your health goals.

Studies have shown that these devices can provide an incentive for people to increase their activity levels.  It's also a great way to see how much you do (or don't do) and can motivate you to push that little bit harder.

Gone are the days of the humble pedometer that only counts steps, the latest devices can measure your distance walked, kilojoules burnt and a whole lot more.

Personal activity tracking or fitness devices typically combine a wearable device (worn around the wrist, on collars or belts) which is linked to a website or smartphone app to collect data about your movements.  These devices may help provide you with a better insight into your lifestyle habits including sleep, kilojoule consumption, heart rate, blood pressure and more.

Diabetes Queensland exercise physiologist Kathryn Kirchner said activity trackers are a great way to encourage you to be more active.  

"If you're more of a competitive person, then some trackers also allow you to compete against friends and publicly share your activities with others," she said.

Using a personal activity tracker will require some skills in technology, but rest assured most are very easy to use.  If you are not keen on wearing a personal tracking device there are also smartphone apps you can use.  A healthier U starts with U.

Check out these apps and activity tracking devices: