With so many great wearables on the market now, it can be tough to choose the best one for your lifestyle. Do you really need to drop $500-plus on a fancy watch, or will a $60 tracker do you just fine?
Now, with rental service Lumoid, you can try up to three devices at home for one week, from the well-designed Apple Watch down to the sleek and slim Fitbit Alta. The digital deciding divide has never been narrower.
"It's important to pick the right wearable so the data it provides is actually relevant to you; at Lumoid, we have hundreds of wearables," says Aarthi Ramamurthy, the founder and CEO of Lumoid. You'll take a simple quiz, which will determine what type of fitness trackers and wearables are best suited for you.
And you only have to pay a $35 fee if you decide not to buy any of the three you chose to check out.
"Once the right wearable has been picked, it's good to set some goals, then measure against those to understand how you're progressing," Ramamurthy says. Most people have no idea what to do with their data after a month or so using a device; they're unable to make a correlation between what the information is telling them and how to make a lifestyle change. (Read: This Is What Happens When You Stop Using Your Fitness Tracker.)
"There's this huge movement towards understanding your body better, and wearables definitely help you quantify your goals, show you periodic progress, and point out what lifestyle changes need to happen," she explains. For instance, if your tracker is indicating you're super restless at night and aren't getting as much sleep as you think you are, that could hurt your ability to perform at your best in a workout and increase your odds of getting hurt and overtraining. Check out How Decoding Your Resting and Maximum Heart Rates Can Help You Crush Your Workouts and Avoid Overtraining and 9 Things Every Athlete Needs to Know About Sleep and Recovery to make better sense of your data and how to act upon it.
Here, we've rounded up some of the most notable devices you can choose from on Lumoid and highlighted their defining features.
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