An activity tracker is a wearable device used to help you become more conscious about your current activity levels, for losing weight and for improving your overall health and activity levels

ACTIVITY TRACKERS & MONITORS

Day by week by month, activity trackers enable you to see just how active you are on an ongoing basis.

Functionality

Activity trackers have taken pedometers to the next level. Activity trackers come with multiple accelerometers to track your movement and steps made throughout the day. The national guidelines for steps per day is 10,000 remember. They also double up as a sleep tracker or monitor, measuring your quality of sleep and overall sleeping patterns. They also measure calories burned through activity tracked not through metabolic burn. And some of the advanced and best activity trackers, like the Healbe GoBe, can automatically measure the calories that you consume and burn, by reading the glucose levels in your cells through a sensor on the back of the wristband.

Metrics activity monitors capture

Most wearable tracker devices also include an altimeter to track the number of floors you've climbed. They also measure calories burned through activity tracked not through metabolic burn. And some of the advanced and best activity trackers, like the Healbe GoBe, can automatically measure the calories that you consume and burn, by reading the glucose levels in your cells through a sensor on the back of the wristband.

Most wearable tracker devices also include an altimeter to track the number of floors you've climbed.

  • Pedometer (step counter)
  • Distance covered
  • Calorie counter (burned or consumed)
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Altimeter (floors climbed)
  • Sleep monitor
  • Online account & mobile app platform
 

Where on the body are activity monitors worn?

Being a wearable device intended to be worn throughout the day, activity trackers are commonly worn in one of a few places on the body. There are upsides and downsides to wearing trackers on different places on the body. You must decide where you are comfortable wearing the device and how discrete or not you want the device to be. You may prefer to be a discrete wearer and prefer it out of the way and therefore place it in your pocket, just remember to remove it from your pocket before you put your clothes in the washing machine! Others may choose to make their tracker a fashion accessory which brings it out of their pocket and onto their wrist or clipped to a shirt or trouser belt.

 
  • On your wrist as a wristband
  • Around your ankle
  • In your pocket
  • Clipped onto an item of clothing ie trouser belt or bra
 

24 x 7 Motivation

An activity tracker has the motivational capacity to act as a fitness instructor. By seeing how active you are, they act as a motivational tool by delivering your data back to you in digestible, clear and easy to understand actions. Simple tasks like climbing the stairs instead of taking the lift or walking the dog that extra block become legitimate ways for increasing your number of steps therefore increasing your physical activity which in turn makes you more active. At the very least, activity monitors make you mindful of your activity levels, which is a significant step in becoming fitter.

 

Online and mobile app syncing

One of the key features of using an activity monitor is the accompanying mobile / tablet app and online account that is used to synchronise your results and data. Your account is a great way to monitor your progress in real time. Even better, you can begin to compare and compete with friends and family or even other users of the same trackers. It’s a great way to make new connections and strengthen existing connections with some friendly competition.

 

An all-round life tracker

Activity trackers are great for a wide range of people of differing ages and fitness levels. They are designed to be worn 24x7 apart from when charging the battery. For that reason they track your movement throughout the day regardless of whether you are in the home, on your way to work or going for a run or playing sports.

The best activity trackers allow you to input or log which sports you are doing but they are not intended for capturing sport specific metrics like sports watches can do. For example, if you go for a run, it may not capture your lap times or pace, but they will track steps, distance, time and even intensity. If you are looking to monitor sport specific metrics, you should perhaps consider a sports watch.

But if you are looking to capture your all-round activity levels over the course of the day, then an activity tracker is a brilliant aid for becoming more conscious about your actual activity levels, for losing weight and for improving your overall health and fitness levels.

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