A Quick History of Fitness

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Easy Physical Fitness Monitoring

Physical fitness trackers today allow people to keep tabs on just about anything related to their health condition whether they are on the go or asleep. People can monitor heart performance (whether in a resting state or during a sports activity); take blood pressure, weight and/or body mass readings; measure blood glucose levels; or check calories consumed without need for going to a clinic or nurse station. Technological innovations using apps on smartphones (either loaded on the phone or accessed thru a website), or with fitness trackers (with or without smartphones) now make it easier to obtain data on the health condition of a person. Certain trackers can even provide graphs indicating periods of light or deep sleep based on a person’s motions, heart rate and/or skin temperature. Some have apps for tracking caffeine intake and correlating it with sleep.

People active in sports want trackers for activity performance metrics. Trackers that also show elapsed time, distance covered and pace are chosen by runners. Professional cyclists would want trackers that can be connected to bike equipment for ascertaining power and cadence. Swimmers definitely look for waterproof trackers (as opposed to the more common “water safe” types). Kayakers prefer trackers that have built-in GPS.

Many people are content with smartphone-based fitness tracking due to the convenience of being able to store or access multiple fitness tracker apps (note that apps may not provide all the health information desired) in one device. However, others, prefer to have fitness trackers that are independent of a smartphone, but have the software that addresses the needs of the user.

Some smartwatches have fitness tracking features, while there are fitness trackers that have smartwatch features. Aside from wrist watch and bracelet types, fitness trackers can come as clip-ons (attached to the front of a female’s bra, a waist band or belt). Clipped-on trackers are quite small and can be positioned discreetly; but could be dislodged or fall off (or a person could forget to take it off where it was attached and could end up in the wash). Bracelets and wrist band types could hinder performance of certain chores and activities; or may not match a fashion conscious person’s outfit for the day.

The products and brands to choose from are so varied, someone wishing to get a tracker must really check out “best buy” listings (usually found online) to determine the most suitable for that person’s needs. There are even tracker providers who have “try before buying” promos that “rent out” trackers usually for a week at affordable charges. Product pricing depends on the quality of product material and workmanship, the metrics the tracker can measure, as well as the method of information display.Smart Ideas: Trackers Revisited

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