Wearables are anything worn that can detect certain aspects of your activity or body. They are not only fashionable, they are also very functional for they can be used to track a variety of things.
This article is going to tackle fitness trackers and smartwatches and what they can track.
What Do Fitness Trackers And Smartwatches Track?
Almost all basic wearables and smartwatches provide such property thanks to gadget’s accelerometer. This could be helpful during marathons or while going on a road trip.
Most probably, you already know that fitness trackers (AKA activity trackers) and smartwatches track your steps. Smartwatches also have accelerometers to track basic activity metrics, like step count. Thanks to the accelerometer they have, they can correctly count how many steps you walk daily.
You can also set a goal for yourself; let’s say 10000 steps per day, for example. Such trackers will help you monitor the progress you make towards reaching your goal. This can get you motivated and help you become healthier!
Wearables do not only count your steps, but they can also count how many floors you have climbed. So if you usually climb a lot of stairs, having a fitness tracker will help you see the bright side of this as you will be surprised by how many floors you have climbed and how much this helps you burn your enemies; calories.
Fitness-trackers, even the basic ones, can show you how many calories you have burned during any of your activities. This option is of extreme importance as it boosts your spirit. It makes you see for a fact that whatever you do helps you burn calories, so it makes you want to keep moving forward with whatever the activities you are doing without getting bored and without doubting the point of it all.
Regarding smartwatches, all Apple Watch models can track the calories you burn. Users can check this data from the Health app. This is a basic option because wearables just need to have an accelerometer to be able to count calories, no biggie.
4. Heart Rate
Some fitness-trackers from the Samsung Gear Fit 2 to the Garmin vivosmart HR can track your heart rate, both your resting beats per minute and your rate when you’re mid-workout. Such an option could be handy, especially for runners.
However, if you need precise measurement, it is better to buy chest strap heart rate monitors.
If you need a smartwatch that can measure your heart rate, get devices such as the Apple Watch Series 1, the Apple Watch Series 2, the Huawei Watch, or the Motorola Moto 360 Sport.
5. Workout Routes and Pace
Sophisticated and expensive fitness trackers include built-in GPS. They can map your runs, walks, jogs, and other types of workouts. Moreover, GPS enables the fitness trackers to track the pace and split times distance in real-time. Such trackers could be beneficial if you are a runner training for a marathon, for example.
Samsung Gear S3, Apple Watch Series 2, the Motorola Moto 360 Sport, and many running watches from brands like Garmin are smartwatches with a built-in GPS.
6. Sleep Time and Sleep Quality
Some wearables can track your sleep activity if you wear them during your sleep time. Devices such as the Jawbone UP3, Basis Peak, and Withings Activité have sensors via which they collect data to analyze your sleep patterns.
For example, if they detect that you turn over a lot, sit up, or stir, they will count this time as your awake time, and then they will calculate your total night sleep.
This may not always be accurate, so if you are facing a real problem, it is better to visit a clinic.
7. Fitness Score
Both smartwatches and fitness trackers can measure your fitness score. Trackers like Charge 2 devices can measure your fitness level compared to other people of your age and gender. This “cardio fitness score” is a measure of your cardiovascular fitness based on your VO2 max (the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use when you’re working out at your highest intensity.) You will find this option under the heart rate section of the Fitbit app.
8. Active Minutes
Most of us do not have a clear and objective view of how active we are during the day. Some of us tend to exaggerate their time of activity, and others never believe they have done enough. If you are one of these two types of people, rest assured that with having a fitness tracker that tracks your active minutes, you no longer need to worry about this.
Fitness-trackers like Fitbit can tell you with accuracy how many minutes you have been active, and how many minutes you have spent doing a particular activity, or workout. Moreover, when they detect that you have rested for an extended period, they send you reminders to push you into doing exercises.
There are some other specialized wearables that track specific stuff.
1. Diabetes Risk
A pair of temperature-monitoring socks from the brand Siren Care that prevents diabetic foot ulcers by tracking foot temperature.
Ava’s bracelet measures your skin temperature, breathing rate, and heat loss to tell you how fertile you are.
3. Sun Exposure
June bracelet is a UV wearable bracelet that helps to protect you from harmful sun rays by telling you how much you have been exposed to them, so you can avoid such harmful rays later.
It is known that wearables can track steps and distance, but now you know that they can track a lot more than that. Before buying any wearable, check that it best suits the things you need to monitor.