Choosing The Right Tracker for Physical Fitness Metrics

Physical fitness trackers today allow people to keep tabs on just about anything related to their health condition whether they are on the go or asleep. Monitoring heart performance (whether a person is resting or engaged in a sports activity); taking blood pressure, weight and/or body mass readings; measuring blood glucose levels; or checking calories consumed can be done without having to go to a clinic or nurse station. Technological innovations using apps on smartphones (either loaded on the phone or accessed thru a website), or with fitness trackers (with or without smartphones) now make it easier to obtain data on the health condition of a person. There are even trackers capable of providing graphs indicating periods of light or deep sleep based on a person’s motions, heart rate and/or skin temperature. Some have apps for tracking caffeine intake and correlating it with sleep.

Sports enthusiasts want a trackers that can also gauge performance metrics. Runners may opt for trackers that also show elapsed time, distance covered and pace. Professional bicycle riders would want trackers that can be attached to bike equipment for determining power and cadence. Swimmers will want waterproof trackers (as opposed to the more common “water safe” types). Kayakers prefer to have fitness trackers with built-in GPS.

Many people are content with smartphone-based fitness tracking due to the convenience of being able to store or access multiple fitness tracker apps (note that apps may not provide all the health information desired) in one device. Others, however, find it better to track fitness using devices that are independent of a smartphone, but have the software that addresses the needs of the user.

Some smartwatches have fitness tracking capabilities, while there are fitness trackers that include smartwatch features. Aside from wrist watch and bracelet types, fitness trackers can be clip-ons (attached to the front of a female’s bra, a waist band or belt). Clipped-on trackers are quite small and can be positioned discreetly; but could be dislodged or fall off (or a person could forget to take it off where it was attached and could end up in the wash). Bracelets and wrist bands could get in the way when doing certain chores or activities; or may not be appropriate to the outfit of a fashion conscious person.

The products and brands to choose from are so varied, someone wishing to get a tracker must really check out “best buy” listings (usually found online) to determine the most suitable for that person’s needs. Some vendors even have “try before buying” promos that “rent out” trackers usually for a week at affordable charges. Prices for products depend on product material and workmanship quality, the metrics the tracker can measure, as well as information display capability.Understanding Reviews

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