Fitbits or activity trackers popularly called fitness trackers are both applications along with devices which track and monitor an individual's metrics which mostly is related to fitness and health.Fitness trackers keep a close watch on user's distance while they either run or walk, sleep time and its quality, heart rate and beat monitoring including the calories user consumes. Fitness trackers are basically data tracking devices which come as smartwatches today and these hand-worn devices which are lightweight, convenient and pocket-friendly are most times synced to either a smartphone or a computer wirelessly.
The earliest known fitness trackers came into use in and around 1981 when bicycle computers which were the size of wristwatches were used by sportsmen and women to monitor their physical exercise duration, speed, distance, and endurance.These devices came into wider use in the 1990s as there was a very high demand of fitness tracker by gyms and physical exercise facilities globally; this spurred an advancement in the fitness tracker technology as more features were pre-installed into them for more complex utility.
Fitness trackers became even more in demand in the early 2000s as the consumer market for the product became very large thereby giving birth to the original early version of the Fitbit line of products in 2009 which came with a pre-installed silent alarm system and from then onwards scientists took to working on devices which could also send medical alerts in case of abnormalities.
Fitness trackers are basically advanced versions of accelerometers (equipment used to measure mileage and basically used to test a person's speed while undergoing physical exercise), altimeters, and pedometers (equipment used for the counting of steps and used more often while undertaking walking exercises). Later new-age fitness tracking devices were fully wrist-worn or some could be strapped to user's arms as armbands which are called smart bands today.
Fitbit product technology has gone way beyond the horizon of its ancestors as today's products are devices that can be clipped to any part of one's body and a certain collaboration between Nike and Apple Inc. which is called the Nike+iPod took the physical fitness world by the storm as the product, a shoe which was fitted with full sensor-monitoring technology worked seamlessly and efficiently with an iPod Nano.Today's fitness tracking devices can be synced to a user's social media accounts aside from being connected to their smartphones. Ahead of the Nike+iPod shoe-sensor technology, today's fitness tracker technology uses the GPS and DGPS system on smartphones via an installed app to give users more value for their money.
Fitness trackers today have invaded the core medical field as Fitbits have been found to be of a major advantage in the eradication of both overweight, obese and diabetic conditions in less than 18 - 25 months.Folks with heart and blood-related conditions have used fitness trackers to improve their health situations over a period of time with a more detailed approach to their physical exercise programs.
Today, using fitness trackers has become trendy and a whole lot more fun as manufacturers have upgraded game-mode technology into Fitbit devices which has been extended to the online world either through social media networks or via dedicated websites for game-play activity while using fitness trackers.
This well-researched article lists 20 of the best quality and pocket-friendly fitness tracking devices on the market.