The COVID-19 pandemic has brought this rapidly changing world to a standstill. The impact of this pandemic has seen most people start engaging in fitness activities. If you’re one of those people, you’re probably familiar with the devices and apps you use to track your health and exercise habits. The most notable are fitness trackers and smartwatches and we’re here to find out whether you should use them or not.
Activity monitors and smartwatches
These are devices and/or apps that monitor and track fitness-related metrics. This includes distances walked or run, calorie consumption and, in some cases, heart rate measurements.
How do they work?
A tracker or wearable watch constantly detects body movements. Data is recorded the entire time it is worn and powered on, allowing the tracker to know if the individual is walking forward, running fast, or even standing still. The data collected by the accelerometer is used by the algorithm when calculating the number of calories burned.
Is there a difference between a fitness tracker and a fitness watch?
A fitness tracker is designed to track your health and exercise. A smartwatch also tracks your fitness, but it also keeps you connected by sending you notifications and updates to your wrist. A fitness watch can do more than a fitness tracker because the watch is more of a smartwatch. The fitness watch supports notifications, music control, microphones for phone calls, and cellular connectivity. The fitness tracker is designed with the purpose of being used to track fitness related items.
Should you use them and are they accurate?
Trackers aren’t accurate enough to reliably determine calories burned. Also, different trackers use different algorithms to keep track of all this data, so no two trackers will report the same numbers. However, you may want to consider using them as they are known to help users stay on top of their exercise goals and routines. They also help you monitor your activity habits and can encourage regular exercise.
What is the best fitness tracker?
With so many wearables on the market, choosing a fitness tracker or smartwatch can be difficult. The right one for you will be based on your individual needs; whether it’s step counting, sleep tracking or heart rate tracking, there’s something for everyone. Stay tuned and we will write an article about the best smartwatches and trackers on the market
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