Do You Really Need a Fitness Tracker?

Fitness watch
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Over the past few years, fitness trackers like Fitbits and Apple Watches have become incredibly common and popular among the fitness community. If you don’t have one yet, you might feel social pressure to get one. But if you’re a thoughtful consumer, you’re probably waiting to buy one until you can answer the question, “Do I really need a fitness tracker?”.

Well, it all depends on what you’re looking for.

If the following statements apply to you then, yes, you might benefit from a fitness tracker:

  • You have difficulty motivating yourself to exercise
  • You like gamification
  • You care about your daily step count
  • You like tracking data
  • You’re new to fitness and want to build healthy habits
  • You don’t have an addictive personality

However, if the following statements are more accurate for you, you can probably pass on this pricy purchase:

  • You have an established fitness routine that you don’t have issues sticking to
  • You don’t gravitate toward fitness trends
  • You’re not usually interested in buying the latest popular gadget
  • You don’t track metrics like daily step count or heart rate
  • You easily obsess over numbers