When it comes to choosing an activity tracker for your iPhone, the options are endless. Having a look at the app store you are going to find an incredible amount of options available to you and honestly, it can be quite overwhelming. What features do I need? What are the benefits of x over y? The questions are as endless as the amount of apps available. That is why we have put this guide together to help you decide on the best activity tracker for you.
First things first, you really need to decide what your goals are when it comes to fitness. Answering this question is going to be a huge help in narrowing down the right app for you. For example, you may say that you want to run 1.5 km a day and swim 400 meters. Well right there you have just defined some criteria that the app needs to incorporate – that is that it must be able to track running distance (steps, calories etc.) AS WELL AS swimming. If you are just looking at some basic fitness and not really focused on having a whole set of features you may opt to go with one that doesn’t have GPS capabilities. Whereas if you are the full fledged fitness freak of your friendship group you may want to get one with a heap of features to provide you with the best chance of meeting and maintaining you goals.
The next thing you need to look at is, is whether or not you want/need to get an optional accessory such as a Fitbit or Apple watch sort of device to help with the monitoring. These sorts of accessories can cost a bit more money – but the tradeoff is that they provide you with a lot more metrics such as heart rate, blood pressure, sleep patterns etc. In line with this, you need to then make sure that the app is compatible with that type of device before you go out and buy it.
Based on the information provided above, here are our suggestions:
More Basic: If you are after a more basic app, then I would recommend MyFitnessPal. This app is great in tracking calories consumed and expended. This one has more of a focus on losing weight and managing your intake but still has the option to input some of the exercise and fitness you do.
More Advanced: On the other end of the scale you have JawBones Up device and app. This tracker is best used with their activity tracker wristband which can collect a plethora of metrics that you can the use to analyze and improve your workouts. In regards to the app, it has the ability to add in things like steps, intensity, different workouts – the whole lot.
When it comes choosing the right activity tracker, you really need to assess personally what exactly it is you want to achieve. Everybody’s goals are going to be different, so whilst we can make some suggestions, the best thing we found was to download a few of them and see which one you like the most.