Are fitness trackers worth it?


>>WE’RE BACK, 6:42. ASIDE FROM HELPING YOU GET INTO SHAPE, FITNESS TRACKERS ARE ALSO TRENDING FOR STYLE.>>WITH SO MANY AVAILABLE, WHICH IS THE BEST FOR YOUR WORKOUT GOALS. WE WANT TO KNOW IF YOU’VE EVER USED ONE BEFORE. GO TO CLICK2VOTE.COM. NOW LET’S GET IT OVER TO HALEY HERNANDEZ, A FITNESS TRACKER WEARER.>>THAT’S RIGHT, I SURE AM. THE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES MONITORED VARY BY TRACKER. THEY CAN INCLUDING NUMBER OF STEPS, CALORIES CONSUMED, HOURS THAT YOU SLEEP AND YOUR HEART RATE, BUT ARE THEY DOING A GOOD JOB BY HELPING YOU STAY FIT OR ARE THEY JUST TAKING YOUR MONEY? HEART RATE MONITORS, PEDOMETERS, G.P.S. LOCATIONS, ANYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WHERE YOUR HEALTH STANDS WITH THE FLICK OF A WRIST. THIS GARMIN VIVO LIKE DR. LINDA LEE IS WEARING HAS A GYROSCOPE TO DETERMINE IF YOU’RE STANDING, RUNNING, SWIMMING, BIKING TO MAKE TRACKING YOUR MAO UFMGTS ACCURATE. MOVEMENTS ACCURATE. 29 TRACKERS WERE TESTED FOR ACCURACY. THE VIVA CAME IN 16th WITH A SCORE OF 65. FITBIT SURGE RANKED NUMBER ONE WITH A SCORE OF 87. IT’S ALSO THE MOST EXPENSIVE. PRICE TAG, $250.>>PEOPLE TEND TO OVERESTIMATE AND THEY THINK THAT, OH, YEAH, I WALKED SO MUCH AT WALK. I DON’T NEED TO EXERCISE. BUT THEN WHEN THEY ACTUALLY HAVE A TRACKING DEVICE, THEY LOOK AT THE STEPS AND THEY’RE LIKE, OH, THAT’S NOT THAT MUCH AT ALL.>>SO WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU BUY? CONSUMER REPORTS SAY DON’T PAY FOR MORE FEATURES THAN YOU’LL USE. DEVICES RANGE FROM 50 TO $250. ALL-DAY TRACKERS SIMPLY COUNT HOW MANY STEPS YOU TAKE AND CALORIES BURNED. TRAINING TRACKERS DO THAT PLUS GIVE YOU DETAILS ON SPEED AND PACE AND CAN BE TAILORED TO YOUR FAVORITE SPORT PERFORM AFTER THAT, YOU CAN LOOK AT STYLE AND BATTERY LIFE, BUT KEEP IN MIND, CONSUMER REPORTS SAYS THESE TRACKERS USE SENSORS AND ALGORITHMS GAUGE WORKOUTS SO THE PRECISION IS NOT PERFECT, EVEN WITH ONES THAT INCLUDE HEART RATE MONITORING.>>IF TIE NOT IN THE RIGHT POSITION, IT MIGHT NOT BE ACCURATE. IT’S NOT HOW MUCH IS MY HEART RATE, HOW HIGH IS IT GOING WHEN I’M EXERCISING, BUT IT’S MORE JUST KIND OF MORE OF A MOTIVATIONAL TOOL.>>AND DON’T FORGET TO THINK ABOUT WATER. CONSUMER REPORTS SAYS IF SWIMMING IS PART OF YOUR WORKOUT, MAKE SURE IT’S WATERPROOF. THE GOAL OF THE TRACKERS WORLDWIDE IS WORKING. PEOPLE ARE MOVING.>>IT KIND OF JUST SERVES AS A LITTLE NUDGE TO PUSH YOU TO BE MORE ACTIVE AND MORE HEALTHY.>>SOME ACTIVITY TRACKERS LET YOU THINK WITH EXTERNAL HEART MONITORS, BATHROOM SCALES AND OTHER DEVICES, AND THAT LINK MAKES THESE READINGS A LITTLE MORE PRECISE. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHOOSE ONE THAT ACTUALLY MATCHES WITH YOUR PHONE, APPLE OR ANDROID, BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT THE FITNESS TRACKER APP TOO. THEN THEY SAY THAT SOME DON’T EVEN WORK WITH WINDOWS, SO THA ISH THAT MAKE SURE THAT YOU KNOW THAT BEFORE YOU BUY. I LIKE MINE. WE WERE TALKING, IF IT DOESN’T HAVE A G.P.S., IT’S NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE AND, I MEAN.>>WELL, THOSE ARE THE FEATURES THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE GETTING.>>UNLESS YOU’RE JUST WANTING CALORIES AND STEPS, WHICH IS GOOD, IF YOU’RE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT OR START EXERCISING. BUT IF YOU’RE A SERIOUS ATHLETE, I WOULD GO FOR ONE WITH A G.P.S. OR HEART RATE MONITOR.>>GOOD TO KNOW. THAT’S OUR QUESTION, TOO, TODAY, HAVE YOU EVER WORN ONE OR ARE YOU WEARING ONE. MOST PEOPLE ARE SAYING YES.>>THEY’RE SO IN RIGHT NOW. TRENDY. EVERYBODY HAS ONE.>>YOU GO TO A COCKTAIL PARTY, PEOPLE ARE ALL STANDING THERE COMPARING THEIR STATS.>>LIKE DR. LEE, PEOPLE JUST LIKE TO BRAG ABOUT IT. THAT’S ACTUALLY WHAT MY MOM HATES. SHE GETS THE ONES THAT HIDE BECAUSE SHE DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT WITH ANYBODY ELSE.

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