This Is Why You Need A Fitness Tracker

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What’s an Activity Tracker?

What’s an Activity Tracker?

A basic tracker shows you the steps you’ve taken, the distance you’ve traveled, the calories you’ve burnt as well as measuring your sleep quality.
It then syncs with your phone and puts all of the interesting data in an easy-to-read image.
Trackers are compatible with iphones and androids - for the most part.
The expensive trackers also keep track of your heart rate, so they’re considered to be more advanced.
But the priciest of them all have GPS and can track your altitude and location with a GPS.

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What kind of fitness tracker should I look for?

What kind of fitness tracker should I look for?

Basic fitness trackers are really pedometers which you can find in any drugstore.


The Fitbit Zip ($50) syncs to your phone with an app, but a drugstore device like the Omron HJ-320 is $15 and can do basically the same thing.
One step up and you’re looking at trackers that can also measure your sleep (though an iphone can too with a $2 app).
These trackers include the Misfit Flash, the Fitbit Flex, the Fitbit One and the Jawbone UP Move.
They range in price between $20 and $80.
Normally, these trackers don’t have displays.
Instead, they use lights to keep track of your progress.


Next up in price and in tricks are the trackers with “smart” capabilities such as being able to alert you when you have an incoming call or text.
They include the Fitbit Alta and the Misfit Ray and range between $100 and $130.
The Ray also lets you remotely control your music and, get ready for this, take phone calls.



Is More Money the Answer?

Is More Money the Answer?

Then we have the very advanced trackers which can basically cook your dinner too.
Just kidding.
But really, they also can measure your heart-rate and have fitness features built in.
They include: The Adidas Fit Smart, the Charge HR, the Garmin Vivosmart HR, the Basis Peak and the Jawbone UP3, all ranging between $93 and $195.


Then we get to the smartwatches and these are really something to try if you have the dough to spend.
They range from $175 to $350, and include the Apple Watch, the Huawei Watch, the Microsoft Band and the Moto 360.
These guys are equipped with touchscreen displays that are colorful (not just black and white) as well as heart-rate sensors and the normal fitness tracking that’s pretty standard.

Still.
There are more.
We’ve got satellite trackers that will plan your route and distance, pace and elevation.
They range in price from $158 to $300 and are great for serious athletes who want to be very accurate with their tracking.
Some great options include the Garmin vivoactive HR GPS and the Polar M400.

Will a Tracker Make you Fit?

Will a Tracker Make you Fit?

In all honesty, who knows?
If you lead a pretty sedentary life, working all day at a desk, eating out without taking time to exercise, a tracker might be just the ticket.
Suddenly, you’re challenging yourself to at least 10,000 steps, which is the standard goal set on most devices.

However, just taking steps won’t make a long-term difference to your fitness.
What else can you change in your life? How’s your training going? How about your diet and quality of sleep? These are all factors that will change your overall health.
And to be successful at doing so, you need to consider where you can improve in every aspect.

Can I count on a tracker’s accuracy?

Can I count on a tracker’s accuracy?

Trackers haven’t been FDA approved, in other words, they aren’t as accurate as medical devices.
Along with that, when dealing with technology in this day and age, we have to realize that things are constantly progressing to become faster, more reliable and easier to access.
So, can we depend on our trackers? We can certainly use them to positively improve our attention towards our health, for everything else, be inquisitive.

How well does it actually measure your heart rate?

How well does it actually measure your heart rate?

While some experts swear by the accuracy of a heart rate monitoring tracker, including medical professionals, others feel that there’s no better tracker than a chest strap.

What about Measuring Sleep Quality?

What about Measuring Sleep Quality?

Studies show that a lot of the wrist trackers overestimate the amount of sleep people get and underestimate the number of times they wake up.

So, what’s the best option?

So, what’s the best option?

That comes from trying them out.
Everybody knows someone who has an Apple watch - so give it a go and see if all the bells and whistles are worth the money.
Otherwise, look at some less expensive options.
The bottom line is to ask yourself what you’re using your tracker for.

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