Thinking about buying a fitness tracker? With so many wearable tech options available, you may be wondering which one to choose. Here are some tips to help you make the right decision:
- Set a spending limit. In general, the best activity trackers cost between $50 and $300. More expensive trackers usually include built-in heart rate monitors and GPS (features tailored for athletes and exercise enthusiasts). Don’t buy a tracker with a heart rate monitor if your primary activity is walking; it’s an unnecessary expense. If you walk and don’t do much else, choose a simple and less expensive model.
- Determine how you will wear it. Activity trackers are usually bracelets, watches or clip-ons. Bracelets and watches are hard to lose. Clip-ons can fall off or get thrown into the wash. However, if you don’t want something on your wrist 24/7, you’re probably better off with a clip-on. Choose a tracker that you are comfortable with, so that you will leave it on all day.
- Check out the app. Most fitness trackers have a companion app that holds all your synced data, and some additional features. Make sure your tracker’s app tracks everything you want and that it is provided in an easy-to-understand format. Check Apple’s App store and the Google Play store for screenshots and reviews.
- Consider other factors. Make sure your fitness tracker is compatible with your computer or mobile device and that it can connect easily. If you’re going to be swimming laps in a pool, choose one that is waterproof. Also, check the battery life. Some fitness bands are more energy efficient than others and can be used for longer without having to charge up or replace the batteries.