What to look for in a Fitness Tracker?

For those looking to establish their own fitness goals (and actually stick to them, especially during the holidays), fitness trackers can be one of the best new tools to stay on track. Accountability is key when it comes to getting into shape, and these trackers are known to help wearers take charge of their activity level. In this day and age, there are so many bells and whistles out there that it can be tough to navigate the path towards the right one!

The team at Reviews.com has recently released a guide to finding the best fitness trackers to help those hoping to kickstart an active lifestyle and fit a great device. Their team did the hard work of researching, buying, and testing the leaders on the market to determine the factors that are important to keep in mind when you begin your search.

What type of tracker is best? If it wasn’t already confusing enough, fitness trackers fall into three functional categories in terms of features and capabilities. A good place to start looking is by choosing which is best for your needs. Not everyone needs the most high tech gadgets, in fact, sometimes just becoming aware of the number of steps can help you get into a routine:

Basic fitness trackers do things like count your steps and calculate your distance. These are usually best for those of us who are interested in those kinds of measures: runners focused on their distance or walkers who are monitoring their step count. Of all of the options, these tend to be the least expensive, and for the most part are the only ones that fall underneath the $100 mark

Intermediate trackers usually do all of the things basic models can do but will track your heart rate in addition. These tend to be best for athletes who are interested in how many calories they burn. Keep in mind that heart rate monitors on fitness trackers are not known to be all that accurate, though that this feature can still be quite useful.

Advanced models are the most capable. They typically will do everything an intermediate tracker will do, but may also include a GPS with satellite communication. Athletes who are looking for these kinds of models typically are working out outdoors like trail runners and bicyclists.

After determining which capabilities are important for your routine, you can look further into the features offered by each. While the options are seemingly endless, there are five very important ones to keep in mind:

Warranty: for the most part, you’ll want to opt for models with at least one year covered under the warranty. This shows that the manufacturer stands behind their product and, of course, covers you if there’s an issue.

Water resistance: while most people don’t expect to get fully submerged when they go to work out, you’ll hopefully be sweating quite a bit. Trackers with water resistance stand up well to sweat.
Unisex design: there’s nothing worse than finding the perfect product, just to figure out that it doesn’t fit your wrist. Unisex designs are great because they’re sure to fit almost any wrist.
Activity notifications: these alerts are great for PR-setters because they let you know when you start moving and, more importantly, when you’ve accomplished a set goal.
Wireless syncing: last but not least, this allows your tracker to coordinate with a companion app, which can be key to keeping on track for fitness goals.

You can take a look at the full article and see which trackers were the best here: https://www.reviews.com/fitness-tracker/

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