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The Difference Between Heart Rate Monitors And Fitness Trackers

Fitness trackers and heart rate monitors serve similar functions. They are both worn by people who are interested in becoming more physically fit, or at least that is the idea. Many people who do not seem to be interested in physical fitness seem to be wearing various forms of fitness trackers. It is easy for a person to base judgments off of the appearance of someone else. Humans rely on their vision more than any other sense, but it does not always provide the most accurate picture. A casual observer should refrain from making judgments, but a cautious consumer needs to know what the difference between a fitness tracker and a heart rate monitor is.

Fitness trackers usually track a person’s sleep, the number of steps a person takes, how many calories they burn in a day. A few can track the number of floors a person climbs, and some of the more advanced models can track a person’s heart rate. The owner may be able to synchronize this data with his computer. Many wearable devices come with a blue tooth dongle. This dongle can be used to sync the data generated by the device with the computer. The most popular of these devices even have their own website.

Heart rate monitors, on the other hand, do not track particular activities. They require two parts. Usually a watch with a radio receiver and an item with a radio transmitter. The device that tracks heart rate is worn on the chest. When it is being worn, it transmits data to the watch about the wearer’s heart rate. It has a small computer that keeps track of the calories burned. The user usually has to enter his or her age when she puts the battery into the device.  It then calculates the calories burned based off of this information.

Whether a person chooses a fitness tracker or a heart rate monitor depends on what they want to do. If  person wants to walk, jog or climb stairs, the trackers suits his purpose. If a person wants more accurate data about his heart rate, he should choose the heart rate monitor. As the feature of the wearable devices expand, the distinction may become less important in the future. Neither of these devices can do anything for someone who does not exercise. They also need to worry about diet and exercise. Overall health is important.