Choosing The Right Tracker for Physical Fitness Metrics
Nowadays, just about everything about an individual’s health condition can be tracked while the person is on the go (or asleep) with physical fitness trackers. 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. Advances in technology 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 gather 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. Others have apps to track caffeine intake and correlate it with sleep.
Sports buffs want trackers that can also gauge performance metrics. Runners may opt for trackers that also show elapsed time, distance covered and pace. Professional cyclists would want trackers that can be connected to bike equipment for ascertaining power and cadence. Swimmers definitely look for waterproof trackers (as opposed to the more common “water safe” types). Kayakers prefer trackers that have built-in GPS.
Many people find smartphone-based fitness tracking convenient since they can 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 features; there are trackers on the other hand that have smartwatch functions. Aside from wrist watch and bracelet types, fitness trackers can come as 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). Trackers in bracelet or wrist band form could get in the way when doing certain chores or activities; or to the fashion conscious, it may not match the person’s outfit for the day.
The products and brands available in the market are so varied, someone desiring to get a tracker must really verify “best buy” listings (usually found online) to determine the most suitable for the person’s needs. There are sellers with “try before buying” promos that “rent out” trackers usually for a week at affordable charges. Product prices depend on the quality of product material and workmanship, the metrics the tracker can measure, as well as how information is displayed.A Simple Plan: Fitness