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Wearable Fitness Tracker Update You Need to Know Before Buying One

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Research that fitness tracker before buying

Are you one of the many users of wearable fitness trackers? Or thinking about becoming one? Here’s a recent update that asks if we have gone overboard with wearable technology and what you need to know before buying one.


Before I go too far into this article, I feel that I have to make this admission—I am a believer in wearable fitness trackers. I’ve had one for at least a year and found that it did make a difference when it came to motivating me to exercise; and, I’ve seen friends have the same experience with theirs.

However, I also believe that a fitness tracker is not for everyone; and therefore, some careful consideration should be made before shelling out $200 or more just to have a trendy, pretty plastic band on your wrist that might eventually wind up underutilized solely as a timepiece.

In fact, the following CBS News story asks if we may have gone overboard with wearable technology:

Have We Gone Overboard with Wearable Technology?

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An Important Point before Buying that Fitness Tracker

While the video above addressed the usefulness of wearable devices, it did not touch on how well they actually work. As I’ve said before, I am a believer in wearable fitness trackers. However, not all trackers are created equal as I discovered with mine.

One of the most popular brands of fitness tracker—I won’t name names here, because my experience is limited to the one brand that was given to me as a gift—apparently has a design or manufacturing flaw I recently discovered—the battery won’t hold a charge after about a year of ownership and use.

In fact, while researching a possible solution to the problem, I discovered that there are quite a few other user-owners on the internet who have experienced the same problem with their same-brand fitness tracker. The failure to hold a charge problem ranged from just a few weeks of ownership to a year or more. The good news is that the maker of this particular brand is willing to provide free replacement fitness trackers to resolve the problem. And, I am cautiously optimistic I will receive mine in the mail as well.

Anyway, the point here is that now that a wide variety of fitness trackers have been available for the past 2 years, if you decide that one is the right choice for you, then be sure to perform internet searches that include the brand name and model of the device along with keywords associated with potential problems with the device.

Also, keep an eye open for news and reviews about these devices such as is occasionally done in Emaxhealth.com: “Is Your Brand of Activity Tracker Really Accurate?” and “Are Wearable Lifestyle Activity Monitors a Good Investment for Weight Loss?” for example.

Reference: CBS News―”Have We Gone Overboard with Wearable Technology?”