Several of our FitSW.com users utilize fitness tracker devices themselves or have clients that use them. We feel that they can be very helpful in providing meaningful fitness data, so we have begun looking into ways to integrate the data from them into our platform. We have been exploring what’s out there and done a lot of research into the features of many of these devices. As we have done this we have come across a few guides that may be helpful to you if you are looking for fitness tracker devices for yourself or to recommend to clients and so we decided to share.
This guide to fitness tracker devices may help identify the best one that addresses your particular needs. Researchers set out to find the devices that offered the most bang for their buck – and this doesn’t necessarily just mean the fitness tracker loaded with the most features. As they point out in their article: “The more sensors and tracking capabilities you cram into a device the size of a wristwatch, the more it’s going to cost you.” And everyone doesn’t need the most extensive specs list – for example, a lot of us can afford to skip out on the GPS component.
So, the researchers took their initial list of 87 fitness trackers and placed them in three sub-categories:
- Basic fitness trackers
- Count steps taken
- Calculate distance traveled
- Ideal for tracking distance-based workouts (walking, running, etc.)
- Heart rate monitoring trackers
- All of the above + monitoring heart rate
- Ideal for those wanting to log calories burned
- Heart rate monitoring trackers with GPS
- All of the above + tracking position by satellite
- Ideal for those wanting to log distances outsides (cyclists, trail runners, etc.)
The team wanted to ensure they hand-tested top contenders, so they pared down their list by selecting only the most popular and highly reviewed models from the four most renowned fitness manufacturers: Fitbit, Garmin, TomTom, and iFit.
After testing for finalists for their consistency in data collection, style, and partner apps – among other variables – they landed on three recommendations:
- Best Fitness Tracker Under $100: Garmin Vivofit 3
- Best Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Charge 2
- Best Heart Rate Monitoring and GPS Fitness Tracker: Garmin Vívosmart HR+
Check out the full resource here: https://www.reviews.com/fitness-tracker/