FITNESS | Tracking my fitness

After running the London Marathon earlier in the year, I have felt like I have struggled to track my fitness goals as I no longer have that 26 mile running goal.  I obviously know that there are plenty of fitness trackers out there, but what is the best one and why?

Finding inspiration to stay on top of a fitness routine can be much easier with a tracking device. Something constantly counting your steps and daily activities. But with so many options available, it is often difficult to determine which ones are worth the investment. Complicated, feature-loaded fitness trackers are clearly not the best option for everyone. And the more technical a device is, the more it’s going to cost you. And let’s be honest, not everyone needs to track their position by satellite, either.

So here are the three basic types of fitness trackers to look for:

  • Basic fitness trackers can count the approximate number of steps you take and calculate the distance you’ve traveled using that data. They’re best for those who want to log primarily distance-based workouts like walking and running. These are typically the only devices you can find that won’t cost you a fortune!

  • Heart rate monitoring trackers do everything a basic fitness tracker can, but they also have sensors that can monitor changes in your heart rate. These are typically marketed to people looking to log the calories they’ve burned throughout the day. Since the sensors are fairly inaccurate, however, we don’t actually recommend relying on them outside of monitoring approximate long-range trends.

  • Heart rate monitoring trackers with GPS can do all of the above, plus communicate with satellites to triangulate your position anywhere on the globe (provided you’re not inside). This makes them a smart option for cyclists, trail runners, or anyone else looking to log distances outside.

You know you have a good device when it offers any of these characteristics:

  • Wireless syncing lets your device update its companion mobile app in real time, as you’re exercising.

  • Activity notifications alert you when it’s time to move, and when you’ve accomplished your goals.

  • Water resistance is mandatory for something you’ll be sweating in.

  • Minimum one-year warranties demonstrate that the manufacturer is willing to back its product.

  • Unisex designs so the device feels comfortable on any wrist.

Fitness trackers enable you to make changes to your health by giving you consistent data on your daily activity levels. That’s why the best devices are both comfortable and easy to use all day, every day!

I think that I will look to purchase the Garmin Vivofit and will let you know how I get on.


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