Trackers Worth the Trouble?

Do you wear/use a fitness tracker?  I used one for almost a year but found, for me, it wasn’t worth the effort.

Why Not?

Mine was a Fitbit with the heart monitor; but I found it not accurate enough and “too confining.”  It seemed the heart rate monitor function wouldn’t go much over 119 … while I knew I was working much harder.  And I also found that walking (and swinging your arms) gave me many, many more “steps” than playing a tennis match (because I believe, you don’t actually swing your arms as much).

So while walker friends were constantly besting the 10,000 steps/day goal, I was lucky to get up to 8-9,000.

Professional Reviews

According to the tech review site, “It seems like everywhere you look these days, someone has a fitness tracker on their wrist. Popularity for these devices has skyrocketed for anyone looking to better monitor their health and activity levels. But it’s easy to get lost in the hype with all the options out there.”

“That’s why our research team at spent 6 months testing and evaluating 87 fitness trackers currently on the market. We examined everything from sensor accuracy and battery life, to band style and comfort. We also personally tested our finalists to come up with our top recommendations: best overall, best for endurance training, and most budget-friendly.”

Their top three choices were:

  1. Best Fitness Tracker under $100 – Garmin Vivofit 3
  2. Best Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Tracker – Fitbit Charge 2
  3. Best Heart Rate Monitoring AND GPS Fitness Tracker – Garmin Vivosmart HR+

You can see all their reviews at:

How about you… use one?

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3 thoughts on “Trackers Worth the Trouble?

  1. My wife got my a Fitbit hr charge 2 years ago for my. Bday…

    Enjoyed wearing it for about a month… neat to see how much you’re actually moving…

    All the new phones now have a ” pedometer” built in that are about as accurate as the fit it’s and other devices 🙂

    One thing not talked about much…
    we already carry a phone with us all day…
    I’m not a 100% sure that an ” electrical” device is actually all the beneficial to wear on your wrist all day…..

    An old fashioned pedometer for about 10 bucks probably works just as well… without Bluetooth and emf ‘s so closely in your personal space all day long …
    just my 2 yen 🙂

    Marc. Good two yen. Thanks. George

  2. I have never been a fan of fitness trackers. Most of them have significant inaccuracies.
    Monitoring how many steps one takes, or what the pulse rate is has little bearing on general health and well being.
    More importantly, what should be monitored is weight, blood pressure and a positive and relaxed attitude towards exercise. Both aerobic, and resistance exercise is essential, but counting steps and measuring pulse rate is of little value, except during a cardiac stress test.

    Doc, thanks and I agree! George

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