Wearable Fitness Devices To Track Movement and Sleep
A new device “ FitBit” counts steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled. FitBit amounts to $60-$100. They’re the kind you clip on.
FitBit is quite different from other such devices because there is an altimeter installed inside the device. This little measuring instrument can tell when you’re walking up or down stairs and therefore burning a few more calories.
Then, you have the fashionable bracelet types like the Jawbone Up. This, as it tracks your sleep, helps determine when you’re coming out of a sleep cycle and vibrates to help wake you at the most comfortable time for you. It works for power naps as well.
Another plus is, while all the devices have companion apps that tell you how many calories you’re burning and offer up overall health charts, they also have sections for you to log your food, which can be the most tedious part of the process. The Up app makes it a bit easier by allowing you to scan bar codes on food packaging. Once you do, all the nutritional info is thrown right into the system. The Up costs $130.
BodyMedia Fitness has bands that are bulkier and not quite as stylish, but they are among the few that have sensors on your skin to tell you almost exactly how many calories you’re burning as opposed to estimating based on how many steps you’re taking. These cost between $120 and $150 but also require a $7 per month subscription to the online activity manager.
Majority of the health care professionals would probably agree that these devices do work because anything that helps you pay more attention to your daily habits can improve your health.
Although the market is filled with many such types of devices but you need to bank upon more market research and your own needs. Determine which device fits best in to your lifestyle and which you’d be most likely to stick with using.
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