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by inKin
10 Oct

How To Choose The Right Fitness Tracker - Basic Buying Guidelines

Fitness trackers are extremely popular devices that can help to enhance any person's workout routine. With these stylish motivational helpers you will be able to achieve your goals and reach for even higher fitness and health levels than you imagined.

Naturally, there are many options available when it comes to fitness trackers. Thus, it is sometimes difficult to find the right option to fit your needs. When looking to choose the right activity tracker, it is always best to have some basic buying guidelines lined out to help. Here are some things to look for.

1. Price

This is often the first thing people consider when they are looking for a new device. You will find fitness trackers anywhere from $12 to a few hundred. While this should not play the deciding factor in your decision, you should always choose a budget upfront and compare the models within your budget.

2. Design

When you first start looking at fitness devices, you will probably be surprised at just how many different styles there are. While the majority of people assume a fitness device comes in the form of a watch, you can find some that clip to your waistband or pocket or are necklaces you wear.  For instance, many ladies prefer to have more options when it comes to the colors of the activity tracker and treat them like a piece of jewelry. Others are more interested in functionality.

3. Durability

The most important thing to remember when you are looking at the design of your fitness band is to choose one that will fit with your lifestyle. Some options are waterproof or water-resistant, which is important to many people. For example, if you are a swimmer, you should be cautious about the exact type of fitness tracker you purchase. Along with this, make sure you consider the battery life of the device and choose one that is sufficient.




4. Ability To Connect

This is one of the most important factors you should consider. We all need ways to track our progress, and the way your fitness device connects to other devices is important. Many activity trackers offer special smartphone apps help you to track easily your progress, set goals and even connect with others who use the same device. Other options may sync through a Bluetooth or connect physically to your computer.
Motivation is important when working out and sometimes all we need is a little social fitness to keep us headed in the right direction. By having the capability to connect to others who are also on a journey similar to ours, we will have the encouragement we need. Every device offers a different type of community, so this is also something you should consider when selecting your device.
Connecting with your friends can help develop even more motivation. However, not everyone has the same device, which makes it difficult to be a part of the same communities. This is the reason services like inKin have been created: they allow you to connect with others regardless of the device they are using.  


5. Activities and Metrics

Finally, you will also want to examine the different items the fitness tracker can measure. For example, some devices measure the steps you take throughout the day. Others can give information about the calories you burn, your sleep patterns, correct posture time and even a woman's ovulation cycle.
The more advanced devices track a wide range of fitness routines you practice, like swimming, Zumba, yoga, and Pilates. Participating in step challenges is also helpful because it will push you to the next level. Each model of fitness tracker offers different ways to track your activity, and you should choose an option that best fits the way you enjoy working out.


Still Undecided?

If you are not sure whether buying a fitness tracker is worth it, you can also choose from a multitude of free apps to get you started even if you don't have a device. If you want to try but not sure which one will be the best fit  - try our Fitness Trackers Comparison Tool to find your perfect wearable and more.
When you are looking to improve your workout, nothing helps more than a fitness tracker. This device will track your progress so you will know you are reaching all of your goals. 


Additional reading:

6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your New Fitness Tracker

How Many Steps a Day Do You Really Need To Walk To Be Fit?


Photo Credit: Fitbit



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