If you are looking for a fitness tracking method but do not want to purchase a wearable device, you can start with a mobile application that is integrated with fitness tracking feature. If you are a beginner, this is a good choice. Some famous applications that can help you in this case can be listed as Argus, Fitbit and Moves.
If you run or cycle, it is highly recommended that you should track your runs or rides with an application before utilizing a tracker. The reason is that even when you use wearable tracking devices, you still need to bring your phone to get accurate information regarding distance, speed and so on. For this reason, you need to be sure whether you want to carry your phone when running or cycling or not.
The Coros Safe Sound Helmet is considered to be an ideal option for those who cycle regularly, which will integrate your phone’s GPS to control your rides as well as allow you to hear directions, music and make phone calls without blocking your ears.
- A reasonable price for a fitness tracker
Generally, current fitness trackers’ pricing starts from 50 dollars to 250 dollars. If you pay less than 50 dollars, you may get a product with less accuracy. Moreover, these trackers will not have a good display so that you can not see how many steps you have taken until you open your smart phone.
More expensive devices will be integrated with optical heart rate monitors as well as GPS. These features will be customized to be suitable for athletes and sporty users. You should remember not to purchase a tracker integrated with a heart rate monitor if your regular exercise is walking. This is an unnecessary option. If you just walk, there are many good options out there, ranging from 49 dollars to 149 dollars.
If you do work out often, it is highly advised to choose one with the price of at least 100 dollars. This is a reasonable price for a device coming with useful features for an active user.
- Choose your own style
Before choosing a fitness tracker, you may wonder which form you want your device to be. Fitness trackers are often designed as bracelets, watches or clip-ons. While bracelets and watches are difficult to lose, clip-on devices can fall off easily.
Moreover, bracelets and watches can get in the way while you type on the key board or do washing. Devices that you wear on your wrist will not be attractive to your outfit in some cases. If you are not attracted by wrist-worn devices and do not want to wear them at all times, you can take a look at a clip-on device.
Clip-on devices are smaller when being worn on a waistband or in the front of a bra. Most of them do not come with displays so that users have to use their mobile phones to track activities.