Fitbit vs. Apple Watch: Which is Better? (U.S. News and World Report)

Posted: Jun 21, 2023 in In the News

This article originally appeared in U.S. News and World Report on June 21, 2023.


Fitbit vs. Apple Watch: Which is Better?

By Elaine K. Howley

Pedometers that count the number of steps you take each day have been around since the 1960s. But fitness tech got a real shot in the arm in 2008 when Fitbit, the first wearable fitness tracking device, hit the market.

Since then, Fitbit and several other companies have developed an ever-evolving array of wearable devices that are intended to quietly accompany you while keeping tabs on every physical thing you do. This constant monitoring of movement, sleep patterns and basic health data has created a whole new way to look at fitness, health and wellness.

How Fitness Trackers Work

Fitness trackers, like Fitbit and Apple Watch, use both sensors and algorithms to monitor your physical activity and health, explains Mary Sabat, an ACE-certified personal trainer, nutritionist and owner of BodyDesigns in Alpharetta, Georgia.

“These devices typically include an accelerometer to measure movement and distance, a heart rate monitor to track your pulse and sometimes a gyroscope to detect orientation and rotations,” Sabat says.

Some also have GPS capabilities to track outdoor activities while providing accurate distance and location data.

All of this data is collected, processed and displayed on the device’s screen or synced with a companion mobile app for additional analysis and tracking, Sabat adds.

The point of all this wearable fitness technology, notes Kayla Borchers, a private practice physical therapist in Columbus, Ohio, is to provide you with more information about your body and your performance. The ultimate aim is to help you understand your physical patterns and where you might be able to make meaningful adjustments to improve overall health.


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