A new activity tracker seems to be unveiled every few weeks in 2016, and all of them promise to make you want to walk and take the stairs more. But with so many models and features to choose from at different price ranges, finding the perfect fitness tracker can be difficult.
Need help navigating the ever-growing selection? Here are some of the things you need to know before you buy a fitness tracker this year.
What are your goals?
Before you even start looking at the latest fitness trackers in the market, determine how you intend to use it. Set realistic goals. After all, if you have never run a mile before, it’s unlikely that you can do a marathon in 3 months. You will likely be able to get everything you need (for now) from basic trackers that are meant to track calories and steps if you are new to exercising.
Do you like fitness activities such as swimming?
Make sure to look only at trackers that are designed for that sport. Most fitness trackers are only water resistant so finding the right one for you is especially important.
If you are regularly active, you might also benefit from a fitness tracker with advanced features such as GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring. For serious athletes, pro fitness trackers are more suitable to a high level of physical activity with increased intensity than your normal workout at the gym. Garmin and TomTom are some of the leading brands to investigate if this is your requirement in a fitness tracker.