Choosing the Best Wearable Fitness Band for You

May 7th 2016

As you look over what's available to you in your fitness tracker price range, narrow down your choices according to your preferred design, the features you require and the devices you already use. Look in particular for features that don't already exist on your smartphone, which already has an accelerometer, for instance, to make your fitness band purchase one you're more likely to be happy with.

Consider the Design

Choose whether you want to wear your fitness tracker on your wrist like a bracelet, or whether you want to clip it on to your clothing. Some fitness trackers are even designed to tie or clip on to your shoelaces. Fitness bands are among the most popular trackers. These slide onto your wrist and collect data as you move. An upgraded version is the fitness smartwatch which typically includes more features. Choose a design that is practical, fits the way you like to work out, feels comfortable, and is aesthetically pleasing to you.

Consider the Features

Different fitness trackers include widely varying features, so consider what features you're most likely to need and use. If you're a swimmer, you definitely want a water-resistant or waterproof fitness band. Most fitness trackers have accelerometers, but some also have altimeters to track stair climbing. High-end models and many fitness smartwatches include heart-rate monitors, GPS capability, color screens, voice recognition and even the ability to double as a smartphone.

Consider the Available Apps and Compatibility

Fitness trackers typically come with an app that holds your data, syncs to your other devices, and provides additional features. Consider whether you want to differentiate between types of workouts, whether you want to add food logging to your routine, whether you want your fitness tracker to send you notifications, and whether you want it to play music while you work out. In addition, check to make sure the fitness tracker you're considering is compatible with your smartphone. Some fitness bands only work with iPhones or Samsung devices, for example, and each fitness band has a proprietary app that may or may not sync with your devices.

Conclusion

A vast number of fitness bands, watches and trackers are available on the market, and the features and compatibility of the various types can vary widely, as can the price. The key to choosing a fitness tracker is to know what your goals are, whether they're to lose weight, to become more healthy or fit, or to achieve a certain aim by a given date. If you can't find the precise combination of features you think you want, just check the market again, as new wearable tech devices are becoming available all the time.

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TomsGuide.com "Fitness tracker buying guide" http://www.tomsguide.com/us/fitness-tracker-buying-guide,review-2549.html
Tracking.watch "Choosing the best fitness tracker" http://tracking.watch/best-fitness-tracker/
CNET.com "Smartwatch and fitness tracker buying guide" http://www.cnet.com/topics/wearable-tech/buying-guide/

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