It is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to lead a healthy life. We should spare at least a few minutes every day to do a workout in order to stay healthy and fit. One of the latest fitness crazes is wearable technology. Highly advanced and often fashionable activity trackers are now being spotted in hands of every fitness freak.

Now the question is do fitness trackers work? Are they actually worth your money? Keep reading, to find out their pros and cons.

“Fitness gadgets can make working out more convenient, say, with a tracking or timing function, or provide more variety to your routine,” says Amanda Vogel, fitness instructor and creator of Fitness Test Drive, a site where Vogel tests and reviews fitness gadgets and gear.

  • Research shows that social touch to workouts help you perform exercise regularly, without being lazy.
  • You get to see how many steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burned, and so on.
  • A tracker will take care of your food intake as well as your water intake.
  • Technology is crazy. You can now find fitness trackers that can track sleep patterns and show how deep or light your sleep was, how long you’ve slept, and how many times you woke up.
  • Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity feature allows you to sync the device with your smartphone.
  • Without using a chest strap, a fitness tracker can monitor your heart rate by measuring your pulse, isn’t it great?

Things to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing One

  • Do you need a fitness tracker or a smartwatch?
  • Do you want a display screen?
  • How much do you want to spend?
  • Do you want to track your sleep?
  • Do you need heart rate monitoring?
  • Will your tracker get wet?
  • Do you need a sport-specific tracker?
  • What form of tracker do you prefer?

The Bottom Line

Now it’s important to ask yourself first that what motivates you before you purchase one. If you’re motivated by numbers they are probably a good call. But if you’re motivated by competition with friends, get one that has that function. If you’re not motivated by numbers or competition there are probably better ways to spend your money.