Whether you've always been health-conscious or are at the very beginning of your fitness journey, you've probably heard about fitness trackers at one point or another. And with an estimated 32 million Americans jumping on the device bandwagon in 2016 alone, you're certainly in good company! Beloved by everyone from physicians and workout fanatics to those simply looking to increase their daily step count, this wearable health technology has grown into $2 billion-plus dollar industry — and it's showing no signs of slowing down. Lucky for you, we just so happen to have an "in" on the best fitness trackers of 2019.
How do fitness trackers benefit your health?
When looking for the perfect fitness tracker, it's important to understand how they work to benefit you. Though a quick dive into the world of fitness trackers will tell you that no two fitness trackers are exactly the same, there are some fundamental commonalities seen among each type.
Fitness trackers operate by monitoring your movements through device sensors, recording data about your daily activities and sharing it wirelessly to your computer or, more often than not, with an app on your phone. While features can vary by model, most fitness trackers are equipped with basic monitors for things such as your daily step count, amount of calories burned, the hours of sleep that you got, your temperature, and, most recently, your heart-rate.
With all that data available at your fingertips, you'll not only be more informed about your health, you'll be more motivated. Studies from Johns Hopkins Medicine have shown that fitness trackers are great inspirational devices, helping people to not only set health goals but pushing them to get out there and actually achieve them.
Best Fitness Trackers of 2019
From high-end smart watches to affordable (and kid-friendly) options, there's a fitness tracker out there for every lifestyle, taste, and budget. Keep scrolling for FIRST's picks for the best fitness trackers on the market today to take control of your health.
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