Fitness Trackers, Do They Really Work?

Fitness Tracker
Fitness Tracker

There are so many selections to choose from and it seems everyone has one or wants one. So is it right for you? Maybe a look at some of the choices will help you decide.

While many people use their phone for fitness tracking, the popularity of personal fitness trackers is soaring. Fitbit is leading the pack with several models on the market with different functions and prices.

The Fitbit Charge 2 is the best seller at this time. Although the heart rate monitor has had some problems for intense workouts it is still one of the strongest devices on the market. It features a step counter, sleep monitoring, heart rate monitoring and breathing training. Plus it reads out your text messages and phone calls which gives it a much appreciated advantage. $149.95, | Amazon

The Garmin Vivosmart Hr+ offers a mix of heart rate, GPS tracking and activity monitoring and is easy to use. It also delivers sleep monitoring, has a long battery life and is great at delivering notifications, also water resistant.$179.99, | Amazon

While the Fitbit Alta HR doesn’t differ too heavily from its older sibling in the looks department, with the addition of a heart rate monitor into the same sleek device, this is clearly a superior tracker.

It’s often said that trackers with screens can’t be alluring, but the Alta HR’s wide range of interchangeable straps help it become a discreet part of your everyday wear. You can pick up the sporty Classic models at the lower end of the spectrum in black, blue, plum and teal, with the more expensive Luxe bands coming in leather and metal variants. $149.95, | Amazon

Nokia has entered the smart watch market and the Nokia Steel HR is a top notch contender. It boasts an impressive 25 day battery life, leaving most other devices in the dust and it’s award-winning heart rate app the Health Mate watches your heart 24/7.  It also does steps, sleep and calories and easily switches to running mode and track distances for heart rate zones. It’s also a good looking watch.  $179.99.96, | Amazon

Smart watches have entered the fitness tracker arena. Of course the Apple Watch has fitness tracking ability and many Apple users wouldn’t have anything else.

Of course there are mobile apps that you can put on your phone that you can easily download. Most of us now keep our phones with us at all times so that’s an easy and quickly usable solution. (Maybe not that healthy, more on that later). Mobile apps are great assistants for weight loss, health and fitness tracking because our phones are always around and very personal. Even so, keeping fit is a matter of lifestyle choices and a keen attention to eating habits and physical exercise. In these apps you can count calories, check stats on walking, running, biking and log your progress. You can connect with a personal trainer who will check up on you and give you motivation to achieve goals.

One of these is MyFitnessPal, a free app that counts calories and lets you know how to burn off your food intake. There is the 7 Minute Workout by Johnson and Johnson which has adjustable difficulty routines to match your fitness level. There are music workout apps that allow you to create playlists for different workouts that would match yoga, running, aerobics and other routines.

Strava is a running and bicycling app that lets you compete against every other person who has signed up to use the app. You use Strava to track your runs and bicycle rides, and other Strava members do the same. The app collects everyone’s routes and times, breaks them into segments, and then tells you who has the best time along different stretches of roads and trails. If you’re the fastest on the road, everyone else using Strava near you will know it.

You can find more fitness trackers and plenty of info at the wearable’s site:

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