Once you’re aware of their existence, you’ll start to see them everywhere. They are clipped to the belt of your neighbor, strapped around the wrist of your granddaughter, pinned to the apron of your favorite Starbucks barista. Yes, that’s right – we’re talking about activity trackers.
These little fitness tools are all the rage and with new models coming out constantly, it doesn’t seem like their popularity is dying out anytime soon. Like a pedometer on steroids, activity trackers tell you how many steps you take, miles you walk, stairs you climb, and calories you burn. Most of them can even track how restless you are in your sleep or notify you if you’ve been sedentary for an extended period of time.
The idea behind these trackers is great: by collecting activity data, users can determine if they’re moving enough based on their various health goals. Despite their popularity, they might not be for everyone. Older adults, here are the top factors you should consider when deciding to purchase an activity tracker.