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Fitness Activity Trackers

Fitness activity trackers have come a long way since they functioned as no more than pedometers that calculated the numbers of steps taken. Now, you can choose from trackers that rely on altimeters and accelerometers to calculate how many calories you burn, monitor heart rate, track sleeping patterns, and more.

What are your goals?

Before looking for a fitness tracker, consider what purpose you want it to serve according to the goals you’ve set. If you’re into a particular activity such as swimming, make sure you get a tracker that comes with suitable software. If you’re new to exercising, a basic device with a step tracker and calorie counter might do the trick. Regularly active people, on the other hand, may benefit more by investing trackers that offer automatic activity recognition and heart-rate monitoring.

The Design

While earlier versions were clipped to the waist, designs of newer models have evolved considerably. A wristband fitness tracker can double as a wristwatch that wear through the day. If you prefer that those around you don’t know you’re wearing one, you may consider getting an armband fitness tracker that will remain concealed under the sleeves of your shirt, T-shirt, or top.

Features

Technical aspects that need your attention include set-up, how you charge the device and how it manages data. Several activity trackers offer automatic and wireless sync with computers and smart devices. Some trackers offer automatic and manual activity and sleep tracking, but some others limit to the manual mode. If you plan to use your tracker in the pool, check if it is water-resistant. Battery life can vary from a day or two to up to six months or more, depending on whether you get a tracker with rechargeable or disposable batteries.

Do you need GPS?

Prepare to shell out a little more if you’re looking for a GPS-enabled activity tracker. This feature is beneficial for those who want intricate details about their training sessions such as where they moved fastest and the kind of terrain that slows them down. Some non GPS-enabled trackers can pair with smart phones to extract GPS information.

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