How To Get The Most Out Of A Fitness Tracker

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Many of us will be getting Fitness Trackers as gifts this holiday season. It’s some family member’s way of saying ‘Better ease up on the cupcakes, Tubby.’ You’d might as well learn right now what these little buggers can do. Truth? They’re pretty amazing. Here are their common features:
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Pedometer

This might be the best-known feature of fitness trackers – tracking how many steps you’ve taken. Only a little less well-known is the daily 10,000 step minimum recommendation.
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Barometer

Being able to read the atmospheric pressure surely counts as something in the ‘bells and whistles’ category, probably more about making potential customers say ‘Wow!’ than giving much of a fitness edge. But…wow!
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Heart Rate Monitor

Getting in touch with your heart and measuring its performance is one of the keys to being able to measure your fitness. It’ll also help you know if you’re in trouble.
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Sleep Tracking

Sleep Tracking might be the one feature that’s opening up a new world to fitness enthusiasts. At first it does feel odd to be ‘watching yourself sleep.’ But lack of sleep is a worldwide epidemic.
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GPS

For those of us who get so lost in our workout that we actually get lost. OK, that’s not very many of us, but…kewl, isn’t it!
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Gyroscope/Accelerometer

Now that you know where you are, it’s time to find out where you’re going, and how quickly.
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Water Resistance

This feature is especially helpful to those who wish to use their Fitness Tracker under water. But it’s appreciated by all of us who simply sweat buckets.
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Long Battery Life

We don’t have to explain why anyone would want this, right?
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3rd party app support

You aren’t limited to information about or apps only from the manufacturer of your particular Fitness Tracker!
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Guided Workouts

Your Fitness Tracker doesn’t just have to be your sensor or record keeper. It can be a little electronic Fitness Coach.
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Automatic Activity Detection

Most Fitness Trackers offer at least six Activities you can choose from. From there, monitor your progress automatically.
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External Heart Rate Monitor Support

Any Fitness Tracker manufacturer can easily be made compatible with your favorite External Heart Rate Monitor.
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