Which fitness tracker is right for you?

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From the highest level of team sport to a single trail-runner in the woods, activity trackers are no longer just for those who go hard and fast.

Monitoring everyday wellness has almost become a sport in itself.

Before you buy, experts say figure out what you want the device to do for you. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you want to track steps?
  2. Do you want to track sleep?
  3. Do you want heart rate data?
  4. Will you swim wearing the device?
  5. Do you want it to sync to your smartphone or just view information on the device?

Answers to those questions will help you narrow down the field of wearable fitness trackers and get you into the store with some valuable information as you talk to a professional.

From the popular to off-brand names, there will be a wide range of styles and price points.

Set a budget; chances are you can find something within a range that does what you want it to do. Keep in mind, you will pay for battery life, meaning typically the longer the device goes without a charge, the more expensive it will be. Also, options and reliability are tied to the price in most cases.

Remember, tracking your fitness is all about a healthier, active lifestyle. For best results, be consistent with whatever device you choose and you will get the most consistent results.