It seems like there’s a gadget for everything we do, and fitness is no exception. Fitness trackers have popped up in recent years as the next big thing to keep on track in your journey to health and for good reason. This wearable tech can do anything from count your steps and distance to monitor your heart rate and track your location. But with so many options on the market, it can be hard to determine what is best for your needs.
The team at Reviews.com recently released a review of the best fitness trackers and determined what to look for when you’re shopping. They tested a variety of market leaders to find the features that are most important:
You can think of fitness trackers as fitting into three different categories. Your fitness goals will help determine which category is best for you, since fitness trackers hold their wearers accountable for fitness goals, according to Harvard Health:
BASIC FITNESS TRACKER
These trackers count steps and calculate distance, and tend to be best for those who are concerned with those metrics, like runners and walkers. Of all fitness trackers, these tend to be the ones that fall under the $100 mark.
INTERMEDIATE FITNESS TRACKER
These typically to do all that a basic fitness tracker can do, and can track your heart rate in addition. Oftentimes these are best for those looking to log their caloric burn, though we found that they tend to be inaccurate
ADVANCED FITNESS TRACKER
You can think of these trackers as having everything an intermediate model has plus a GPS and satellite communication. Those who opt for these models are usually doing their workouts outside, like cyclists and trail runners.
Once you find which type of tracker is best for you, it’s important to consider which features you’ll find useful. Of the many models tested, our favorites had five things in common. These factors were essential for our testers, and are important to consider when shopping:
- Wireless Syncing, allowing the device to coordinate with a companion app.
- Activity Notifications, alerting you when you’re moving and when you’ve accomplished your fitness goal.
- Water Resistance, assuring the device works while you’re sweating.
- One Year Warranty (minimum), demonstrating that the manufacturer stands behind their product.
- Unisex Design, so the device is comfortable for all wrists.
Taking into account both fitness tracker and type, you have a good idea of what you need out of your device!
To read the full article and see which fitness trackers the team determined to be the best, check it out here: https://www.reviews.com/fitnes
Do you already use a fitness tracker? Feel free to tell me about in the comments below. I’m curious to know what you’re using and your experience.