If it is your goal to get moving, lose weight by tracking your calorie intake, measure your energy expenditure, and even monitor how well you are sleeping you may want to invest in a high tech gadget called a fitness tracker/ wearable activity tracker. The number of companies offering these gadgets is increasing since they became available 1-1/2 years ago. Even Apple is currently developing a version expected to on the market in 2015 or later. Names to look for include Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike Fuelband, and Withings Pulse to name a few.
There’s no guarantee it will make you make any fitter or lighter but having this kind of information may be just what you need to make a change. The devices sync to your smartphone or computer to display your activity data and track your progress toward the goals you set. Many use Bluetooth to wirelessly sync to your smartphone which makes them much easier to use. They are either worn as a wrist band or clipped on your clothing and others display information on a tiny screen which resembles a wrist watch. They all have accelerometers to measure motion and sleep: others also have altimeters to measure going up and down stairs. Most are water resistant but some are waterproof and can be worn swimming. Prices range from $85.00 to $200.00. Each device has a re-chargable battery with a 5-10 day battery life.
Before buying, determine what features are most helpful to you, then check online for customer reviews. If you want to sync to your smartphone, ensure your phone is compatible. No matter what you decide to buy, remember it is just a tool; the rest is up to you!
Author: Charlene Pilon, PTA, BPE, PT-ACE