Fitness Band Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Activity Tracker for You?

Date Posted:29 December 2015 


Activity trackers have become more and more popular as many people are jumping into a healthy lifestyle trend. If you’re serious about getting fit or simply trying to find a way to motivate yourself to exercise, an activity tracker could be very useful. Activity trackers are essentially smart pedometers which aside from counting your steps, can measure your sleep, calories burned, and heart rate when paired with a compatible accessory or mobile app.

We offer several brands that provide daily activity tracking, and these brands offer several models, making selecting one appear daunting. However, selecting one that best fits your needs and lifestyle may only take a few questions. Here are three:

  1. Is it for purely all day activity tracking or tracking other sports and activities as well?
  2. Would you like to have Bluetooth Smart connection via smart phone or tablet?
  3. Would you like to have smart notifications from your phone on the Activity Tracker?
  4. Would you like to have an activity tracker that monitors your heart rate on your wrist?

 

1. Is it for purely all day activity tracking or tracking other sports and activities as well?

How you will use your activity tracker will determine if you should get a fitness band or a sport watch. Activity trackers are recommended for general fitness, calorie and sleep tracking while sport watches are best for tracking speed, distance and altitude all of which are important if you will use it in a particular sport. 

Here's our recommendation on which device to use if you will you it for your daily activity tracking or other sports as well.

Just All Day Activity Tracking

Garmin vivofit 3 Garmin vivofit 2 Garmin vivosmart HR

 

All Day Activity Tracking + Running

Garmin Forerunner 25 Garmin Forerunner 225
Garmin Forerunner 235 Garmin Forerunner 630 Garmin Forerunner 230

 

All Day Activity Tracking + Golf + Other Sports

Garmin vivoactive HR TomTom Spark Cardio
Garmin vivoactive HR Garmin vivoactive TomTom Spark
(with your smart phone)

 

All Day Activity Tracking + Triathlon & Multisport mode

Garmin Forerunner 735XT Garmin Forerunner 920XT Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Garmin Forerunner 735XT Garmin Forerunner 920XT Suunto Ambit3 Sport

 

All Day Activity Tracking + Triathlon, Multisport, Navigation and more

 

2. Would you like to have Bluetooth Smart connection to transfer data to your smart phone or tablet?

Do you prefer the convenience of uploading your data without having to plug into a computer once you get back to your home or office? If so, the following models allow you to transfer data via Bluetooth Smart to your phone, tablet, or computer.

 

3. Would you like to have smart notifications from your phone on the Activity Tracker?

If you'd like to stay plugged in with your mobile or online communications through your activity tracker, these devices lets you receive vibration alerts and see incoming calls, text, emails, and push notifications from your smartphone. They also have mobile apps which you can use to monitor your progress and instantly share significant milestones to your social media networks.

 

4. Would you like to have an activity tracker that monitors your heart rate on your wrist?

New models of activity trackers now have built-in heart rate monitors that can track your heart rate on your wrist. 

Which fitness band do you think is the best one for you? Put your comments below.

If you would like to learn more on what factors to consider when buying a watch, check out these buying guides:

Top Four Ways How Activity Trackers Can Improve Your Fitness

 


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