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How to choose a fitness tracker

How to choose a fitness tracker

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Find your why and go from there

Why do you want a fitness tracker to begin with? To lose weight? Train for a marathon? Improve your sleeping habits? Fitness trackers are a motivational tool, but they can’t help if you’re unclear about your goals.

If you train for a marathon, that means you’re going to...

Understand sensors and fitness jargon

  • All fitness trackers have a combination of accelerometers and gyroscopes to detect motion. Some will add altimeters and barometers to measure elevation or how many stairs you’ve climbed in a day.
  • Nearly all modern trackers have a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor - green LEDs that sh...

Advanced fitness insights

If you want more advanced fitness insights, three metrics you should:

  • HRV is a metric measuring the fluctuations of time between heartbeats. It’s often used as a measure of how well you’ve recovered from a workout or to estimate stress levels.
  • SpO2 is o...

Do you actually want a smartwatch instead?

If you’re looking to leave your phone at home, you might be better off with a smartwatch that has decent health features.

The thing about fitness trackers is they’re often lacking on the connectivity front. You’re likely not going to find them including LTE, robust thir...

Don't forget about comfort

  • When browsing your options, don’t forget to check the size and thickness of the watch, as well as the materials it’s made from. If your fitness tracker isn’t comfortable, you’re not going to wear it.
  • Comfort is especially important if sleep tracking is a pr...

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