These devices have come along way over the last couple of years and now can track everything from step count to whether or not you had a good night’s sleep. It’s also clear this category of new technology is growing fast and getting increased exposure.
What do you want to track? Activity monitors track a variety of metrics including: steps taken, elevation climbed, distance travelled or calories burned. Some will track sleep duration, sleep quality and a few can even track heart rate.
How do you want it to connect to you? Activity monitors need to be worn in order to track your activity. There are two types: wrist bands and belt clips. Only a few of the devices are water resistant, something important to remember if you put one in your pocket.
Battery life: Belt clip devices tend to have better battery life, the FITBIT ZIP offers six months of use. Wrist band type devices, like the Nike Fuelband and FITBIT ONE, range from three to seven days. Most have rechargeable batteries.
How will you get your data? Bluetooth compatibility is present in a majority of brands, allowing your data to show up on your smartphone or computer. Some devices have a display where you can read your results. Web applications for sharing and viewing data come with all the brands.
Cost? Of the more popular models on the market the least expensive starts at $59, while the latest offering from Polar will list at $109.
If you are looking for a better way to track your activity throughout the day, there should be a product out there that meets your needs. As the market grows, so will the number of great devices.
What activity monitor do you use?