Easy Physical Fitness Monitoring
Nowadays, just about everything about an individual’s health condition can be tracked while the person is on the go (or asleep) with physical fitness trackers. People can monitor heart performance (whether in a resting state or during a sports activity); take blood pressure, weight and/or body mass readings; measure blood glucose levels; or check calories consumed without need for going to a clinic or nurse station. Technological innovations using apps on smartphones (either loaded on the phone or accessed thru a website), or with fitness trackers (with or without smartphones) now facilitate the gathering of information on the health condition of a person. There are even trackers that can provide graphs indicating periods of light or deep sleep based on a person’s motions, heart rate and/or skin temperature. Others have apps to track caffeine intake and correlate it with sleep.
Sports buffs want trackers that can also gauge performance metrics. Runners may opt for trackers that also show elapsed time, distance covered and pace. Professional bicycle riders would want trackers that can be attached to bike equipment for determining power and cadence. Swimmers will want waterproof trackers (as opposed to the more common “water safe” types). Kayakers prefer to have fitness trackers with built-in GPS.
Most people are happy with smartphone-based fitness tracking due to the convenience of being able to store or access multiple fitness tracker apps (note that apps may not provide all the health information desired) in one device. However, others, prefer to have fitness trackers that are independent of a smartphone, but have the software that addresses the needs of the user.
Some smartwatches have fitness tracking capabilities, while there are fitness trackers that include smartwatch features. Aside from wrist watch and bracelet types, fitness trackers can come as clip-ons (attached to the front of a female’s bra, a waist band or belt). Clipped-on trackers are quite small and can be positioned discreetly; but could be dislodged or fall off (or a person could forget to take it off where it was attached and could end up in the wash). Bracelets and wrist bands could get in the way when doing certain chores or activities; or may not be appropriate to the outfit of a fashion conscious person.
The products and brands available in the market are so varied, someone desiring to get a tracker must really verify “best buy” listings (usually found online) to determine the most suitable for the person’s needs. There are sellers with “try before buying” promos that “rent out” trackers usually for a week at affordable charges. Product prices depend on the quality of product material and workmanship, the metrics the tracker can measure, as well as how information is displayed.If You Think You Understand Trackers, Then This Might Change Your Mind