Because of the many options available out there, it’s often a daunting task to choose the best activity tracker for your needs. As you know, I’ve experimented with a few over time, which is why I thought about writing this article. Not all products or apps work the same for all people in the world, and so I’ll try to give you some tips on how to choose the right one for your preferences and living style.
The first thing you have to ask yourself is whether or not you prefer using real-life objects such as a bracelet or a monitor of some kind. If you have no problem with this, perhaps you might want to select a Fitbit or Pebble bracelet. They’re handy as long as you don’t forget to put them on in the morning before you start your day-to-day routine. It’s pretty obvious that they won’t track any activity such as steps or exercise of any kind if you forget them at home, so that kind of defeats the purpose. Consider your preferences above anything else. I have several friends who don’t enjoy wearing anything other than regular clothes, and so they don’t even put on a watch on a daily basis. If you’re one of these individuals, what you need is a good mobile app.
The next thing you have to do is determine whether or not you tend to stay connected to everything that’s happening in the world all of the time. If that’s the case and if your job forces you to use your cell phone for many hours every day, perhaps you ought to consider buying a smartphone app. I’m not accustomed to using Android devices mostly because I’m an Apple fan and usually buy an iPhone every two to three years. While I’m not keen on spending so much money on a mobile device of this kind, the fact of the matter is that iPhones are very reliable smartphones and their performance can’t be denied. Also, Apple now has a dedicated Health app that you can use to keep track of the number of steps you take every day and even your sleep patterns. In fact, if you activate this mode, you’ll be able to realize whether you normally have enough sleep or not.
Getting a smartwatch is another thing to give some thought to, but they tend to cost a pretty penny. Some of the Samsung models I’ve checked out can be paired with your Samsung smartphone so that they can help you keep better track of your activity all throughout the day. Many of these units are so advanced that they’ll even allow you to make phone calls just by pressing a button.
Whatever your choice on the matter, sometimes it really boils down to whether you’re tech-savvy or not. For someone who’s accustomed to using a smartphone, maybe it’s better to invest in an app. Some people might have little to no interested in attaining a smartwatch or Pebble or Fitbit bracelet just because they might find them hard to work with. Because you will be the one choosing the product for yourself, your needs matter the most. Always make sure to bear them in mind.