There have never been more fitness trackers in the market than today, but with all these choices comes confusion. Which fitness tracker is truly right for you?
Even the advanced top wearable fitness trackers might not be the perfect fit if they don’t address your needs and personal preferences.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you’re in the market for this wearable gadget:
- Try Before You Buy– Did you know that companies like Lumoid let you rent and try three fitness trackers for a week for just $35? If you don’t want to spend any money and are completely new to fitness tracking, you can also dip your toes by using a mobile app to count your steps—without the wearable. This will help you decide if the tracking lifestyle is for you, before you get more serious about buying a wearable tracker. You can also use an app for runs and bicycle rides.
- Set a Budget and Stick to It– Fitness trackers can cost anywhere from $50 to well over $300. Cheaper trackers usually don’t have displays, so you’ll have to look at your smartphone to see your stats.
- Think About How You Intend to Use It– Will you be able to use the extra features that come with more expensive trackers? If you’re not (yet) a serious athlete, you might not need a built-in optical heart rate monitor or an integrated GPS. Don’t buy a wearable fitness tracker with an always-on heart rate monitor if you just want to track your walking. You will be paying for a feature that you will never use.
- Bracelet, Watch, or Clip-On?– Fitness trackers are usually watches or bracelets, which are harder to lose than clip-ons that might fall off or accidentally get thrown into the washer. That said, wrist-worn wearables can get in the way of certain activities, such as computer typing. If having something on your wrist all day bothers you, a clip-on might be a better fit.