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Choosing the Right Fitness Tracker for You

Updated on February 24, 2017

Now that almost everything can be done with technology, what's the best way to track your progress if you want to get fit?

Today, there are dozens of fitness tracker on the market since the first fitness tracker was introduced to us. As the name suggests, fitness trackers track your daily activity in terms of steps and calories burned through movement.

Choosing the right fitness tracker should be based on your individual needs and how active your lifestyle is. Whether you are a fitness buff, a workout newbie, a runner, a swimmer, or just someone who wants to monitor your daily activity, these fitness trackers are for you. That said, take a look at some of the features that should be included in your fitness tracker in order to determine what tracker to buy.

Monitor your health with a smart tracker made with the best materials fitted for your daily activities.
Monitor your health with a smart tracker made with the best materials fitted for your daily activities.

How to Choose the Best Fitness Tracker

Smart Tracker. Nearly every fitness tracker available tracks two essentials: steps taken and calories burned. Some have integrated the distance walked as well. Every fitness bands tracks the number of calories you burn to let you know the precise outcome of your workouts. Keeping track of your steps taken and distance traveled is another way to achieve your fitness goals for activities like running and cycling. This is the most basic feature of all fitness trackers.

Sleep Monitor. Many trackers also monitor sleep quality. Others can also monitor sleep quantity. You can track your sleeping patterns and keep an eye on the quantity and quality of sleep you're getting each night. Some trackers will give you a description of sleep quality based on your patterns. This feature is great for those who are looking to improve their general fitness and physical health.

Walk your way to a healthier lifestyle.
Walk your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Alarms and Notifications. Most trackers will vibrate to alert you of incoming calls, messages, e-mails, social media and calendar notifications. You can set up daily, weekly, monthly, or custom reminders. This feature is great for letting you know when you need to remember something important such as when your medication is due or when you need to attend an important meeting. Since the most popular trackers these days are fitness wristbands, you can use it as an alarm for waking just you in the morning and not the rest of the house.

Looking through all the fitness trackers available on the market, I have come across these fitness tracker on Amazon that also features an anti-loss alarm. The August SWB100 will buzz to warn you that your phone is out of the Bluetooth range. This is great for someone who easily forgets their phone at home or on the bus. It can also be an added security for your mobile phone.

Compatibility. Fitness trackers offer tracker software with your mobile device to let you track and view your progress. Look for a tracker that is compatible with your device and can be easily synced to your phone. Some fitness trackers have also corresponding apps to allow you to track your progress through your mobile device.

Reviews. This is not a feature of a fitness tracker; however, this is one of the best way to help you decide what tracker to buy. As always, do not forget to check the reviews since it will give you an idea if the item is a good buy or not.

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      Karen Hellier 5 months ago from Georgia

      This is great information for people who are interested in purchasing a fitness tracker. Personally, I am not very technical so I enjoy just using a pedometer to track my steps. Nice hub!