You’ve probably heard that you should take 10,000 steps a day. While that isn’t a magic number, the more active you are, the better it is for your health.
Devices that track your physical activity come in a variety of forms, including fitness trackers and smartwatches. Here are the pros and cons associated with each. (Yahoo! News)
Tracker or Watch?
Consider features and price: The wearables we test count steps, and smartwatches and some trackers also monitor actions such as pace and heart rate, and alert you to texts and emails. Some watches can even make payments at a cash register.
Trackers we rate cost $30 to $200; smartwatches, $160 to $850.
Ease of Use
You should consider how easy the product is for you to use. Most devices in our tests earn Very Good or Excellent ratings for comfort and how easy it is to navigate the menu and apps; use tracking features, calendars, and messaging; and read the screen, according to Charles Davidman, who leads CR’s fitness tracker and smartwatch testing.
Still, we recommend going to a store with demo models for an in-person look before buying.