How to Choose the Best Fitness Tracker for Your Lifestyle

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Track Your Progress

As device technology continues to improve, so does our desire to track every facet of our lives, from the steps we take and the food we eat to our heart rate and the quality of our sleep.

An estimated 19 million tracking devices were used in 2014, and that number is expected to triple in annual sales by 2018.

“There is a group of people who love data and love tracking everything,” says Maureen Hagan, vice president of operations at GoodLife Fitness. For data-oriented people, numbers and scores give them a sense of control and a means for setting goals. And, although health trackers are relatively new, keeping score is not. “We’ve always received grades in school and worked toward increasing our performance,” says Hagan. Fitness trackers are a report card for your health.

Data lovers are driving the trend of wearable tech clothing and accessories, which are part of a larger movement known as the “quantified self.” The theory, say manufacturers and health experts, is that recording and reporting information about behaviours that pertain to good health will educate and motivate people to adapt healthier habits. It’s one thing to generally feel like we should move more; it’s quite another to see that you’re walking just 20 percent of the amount that’s generally recommended.

Tracking progress has a good track record. “The world’s top leaders are known to track their actions and monitor their progress,” says Hagan. When you can visually see numbers and data in front of you, it makes you more accountable, even when it comes to just lacing up your sneakers.

Is all this talk motivating you to try out a tracker? Click through to find the one best for your needs.

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