With the holidays just behind us, you may be one of many people who have resolved to have the healthiest year ever but not sure where to start? Well I can tell you when it comes to health and fitness, there’s an app even for that!
Fitness trackers and apps are everywhere now! Wherever I go, there’s a new fitness band or mobile app someone is using to track their exercise, steps and food intake. I think it’s great that so many people are excited about being healthy and active. So if you’re ready to go mobile with your health tracking, here are some things to consider.
Define Your Goals
Before taking the leap and purchasing a fitness tracker, think about your current activities or those you want to do. For example, if you’re a swimmer, bicyclist or whether it’s another sport, be sure the fitness tracker and accompanying app support that activity. On the other hand, if you’re new to exercise, you may want a more basic device rather than some more sophisticated ones than have GPS tracking and a heart rate monitor.
Features and Design
Most fitness trackers monitor the essentials –steps and the number of calories you burn. Sleep monitoring is also become the standard on many models as well. Some models have more sophisticated features that you may or may not want like elevation tracking. Or if you’re a swimmer, a waterproof model will be highly important. Compare features among the models to find what best suits your needs.
Fitness trackers are designed to work with your smartphone, usually through an accompanying app. Be sure to research the model you want to ensure it works with your device.
As with many electronics, the more features mean bigger cost! Most trackers range from $50 to $300, so this is where you can save money if you need to. If you just need to track steps and calories, you can opt for a less expensive tracker. But if you want to improve your fitness level or performance, it may be worth it to invest in a higher end tracker.
With the many fitness trackers available now, there really is something for everyone! Learn more about some of the devices available and read reviews before you buy and you can also learn more about some of the features available from Web MD.