Shopping for a Fitness Tracker?

Wearable technology is everywhere you look these days, especially when it comes to health and fitness. Lately, fitness trackers have skyrocketed in popularity as a great way to stay on track with health goals and track data effortlessly. I personally find that fitness trackers are a great way to keep track of how active I am in a day to make my goals more achievable. FEM has partnered with (non-sponsored) to bring you the following fitness tracker guide for those of you interested in integrating technology into your healthy lifestyle choices. With so many devices with a myriad of capabilities, it can be hard to know which one is best for your needs. The right fitness tracker will address your needs as an individual, whatever they might be. Part of this has to do with the way the tracker is worn and used, according to Huffington Post.

Thinking about shopping for a fitness tracker? Here are some things to consider (from’s research) when shopping for a fitness tracker:


  • The capabilities of fitness trackers can typically be grouped into three categories:
  • Basic: these devices count steps and calculate distance, so they’re great for people who are interested in those metrics like walkers and runners. For the most part, these will be the least expensive options as well
  • Intermediate: typically, these models will be able to do everything the basic devices can, but will also calculate your heart rate. These tend to be best for people who are interested in how many calories they’re burning, although these metrics aren’t necessarily totally accurate.
  • Advanced: Think of these models as doing everything that the intermediate group can do, plus GPS and satellite communication. These are good fits for people who enjoy exercising outside, like trail runners and cyclists


  • After determining which functionality fits your needs the best, there are a slough of other features to consider. Of the models that their team tested, the models that performed the best had five features in common. While everyone’s preferences are different, these are the most important aspects to consider:
  • Wireless Syncing: this allows the device to coordinate with a companion app, which are very popular and can be a big step toward staying on track with fitness goals
  • Activity Notifications: these messages alert the wearer when they’re moving and when they’ve accomplished their fitness goals. For those training for specific metrics, this can be particularly useful
  • Water Resistance: while many of us don’t plan to get a lot of moisture on our devices while working out, sweat is pretty much inevitable. A tracker that is water resistant will help keep your mind off of the technology and on your workout.
  • Unisex design: not all wrists will fit perfectly into a narrowly-sized product, so we found that unisex designs work well to ensure a good fit for all wrists.

Some great devices that fit these factors are: the Garmin Virofit 3, Fitbit Charge 2, and the Garmin Vivosmart HR+.

Taking into account both function and features, you’ll have an idea of what you need out of your device! To read the full article and see which fitness trackers the team determined to be the best, check it out here:

~Written by Ruby Liu and Lauren Thomas from

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