Here are the features you should look for when choosing a fitness tracker:
- Built-in heart rate monitor
When it comes to heart rate monitors, there are two types of fitness trackers in the market. The first are those which offer a built-in heart rate monitor while there are others which require you to purchase one separately.
It goes without saying that you should opt for the former. Not only does a heart rate monitor gives you daily reminders about your cardiovascular system’s health, it also tells when it’s time to visit a doctor’s clinic.
- Sleep tracking
Want to sleep better? Then make sure your fitness tracker has a sleep monitoring feature. Apart from monitoring your sleeping patterns, this feature allows the tracker to send tips to help improve your sleep.
- Step Tracking & Altimeter
Nearly every fitness tracker worth its salt has a pedometer; the tracker which allows it to count the steps you take every day. What you should look for, therefore, is an altimeter. This feature allows the tracker to measure the distance you may have climbed in the vertical direction, i.e. when climbing stairs.
- Training Plans
If you want the fitness tracker to help you achieve goals, make sure it offers training plans. Most of them offer the same for 3k, 5k, 10k, half and full marathons. You can also customize them against your goals.
If you can afford to pay a little extra, get a fitness tracker which provides a virtual trainer. In this way, you won’t have to go to the gym since you’d be getting all the advice via your tracker.
- Indoor Running Option
If you’re not going to the local park for running – but do the same on your treadmill, make sure your tracker recognizes and records that activity. Trackers which have a built-in accelerometer do just that by tracking the steps you take.
- Waterproof IP Rating
Also known as Ingress Protection Rating, an IP rating suggests the resistance of a product against water and dust. If you want to go swimming with your tracker, make sure its IP rating is at or above 7. Conversely, if you want it to withstand splashes of water, anything above 3 is adequate.
- Smartphone App
When it comes to a fitness tracker, the app is as important as the tracker itself. Apart from being compatible with your smartphone’s OS, the app should let you crunch through your data, challenge your friends, set goals, monitor progress and so on.