Choosing the right fitness tracker

Choosing the right fitness tracker

Lately, it seems as though you can't step into any sporting goods store without seeing multiple displays full of fitness trackers. These sleek, wearable gadgets are designed to log your fitness activity, monitor your heart rate and even keep track of your sleeping habits.

If you are trying to lose weight, fitness trackers are great for monitoring the number of steps you need to take or minutes you should be active in order to aid in your weight loss efforts. You can also track the number of calories you burn and compare that number to your daily calorie intake to ensure you are not overeating.

Whether you're planning to use a tracker as part of weight loss program, your regular fitness routine or for serious athletic training, most trackers allow you to chart your activity over time, which allows you to visualize your progress.

Since fitness trackers often track sleep, they can also be useful to ensure you're getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night, which can improve your alertness during the day, provide more energy to exercise and even discourage overeating.

Fitness trackers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, functionalities and special features. With so many on the market, your best bet is to select the one that best meets your individual needs. When shopping for a tracker, consider the following:

  • What are the most important tracking features to you? Is it steps taken, minutes of daily activity, calories burned, heart rate monitoring or tracking sleep? Select the one that meets your specific needs.
  • Are features like built-in GPS with mapping or water resistance important to you? If you are a serious outdoor athlete, these many be essential.
  • Do you want to wirelessly synch your tracker to another device, or would you rather plug in the device when you want to download your workout date or get updates? Also, make sure your tracker is compatible with your smartphone, tablet and/or computer.
  • Some trackers have on-device displays so you can see realtime data, while others require synching with another device.
  • Size and wear-ability are also considerations. Do you want to wear it like a watch, clip it to your clothes or keep it in your pocket?
  • Do you want your device to be social? That means sharing your progress and track the progress of your friends on the tracker’s app, website or even on Facebook.
  • Cost is always an important consideration. Workout trackers range in price from approximately $30 to over $200, and some require monthly subscription fees.

If you are ready to shop, here is a great comparison of the features and benefits of the top fitness trackers on the market today.

Posted: 9/28/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: exercise, fitness, tracker

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