How Long Should a Fitness Tracker Last You?

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Fitness trackers have been a global boom in recent years, and the market value is near 82 billion USD. People have become more inclined to use this type of technology with the likes of Apple Watches, Fitbits, Garmins, and many other leading brands. I understand why, they now look stylish, there more than just a fitness tracker, and most importantly, they keep you on track with your goals. But, how long should a fitness tracker last you? Here’s the answer:


A fitness tracker should last around five years (depending on the brand). If properly taken care of, the battery will eventually die naturally. However, if bashed around, split open, and incorrectly used, the longevity of the fitness tracker will dramatically decrease.


As you can see, you get plenty of usage out of a fitness tracker. However, brands will vary in quality, warranties, and replacements. Therefore, you should expect your fitness tracker to last longer the more you spend.


If you want to understand more about fitness trackers, what damages them, and if they are even worth it, I suggest you become knowledgeable on the below:


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How long does a fitness tracker last?

After reading the above, you should start to understand how long a fitness tracker should last. This varies from brand to brand and how you maintain the quality of the device. Most fitness trackers well-known in the industry, such as Apple Watches, Fitbits, and Garmins, will last the longest. It’s estimated that these last around five years, but it could be much longer or shorter depending on how you treat the device.


This is just a very rough estimate, but going over several forums and social profiles, this seems to be the golden year. But, although a fitness tracker will only last five years, it could be fixable. Apple performs fixtures on their devices in-store, and you may need something as simple as a battery change. If that’s the case, the longevity of your device will immensely improve.


However, if you’re going to opt-in for a cheap and nasty fitness tracker, you can expect the device’s lifespan to be much shorter. This is understandable, as you generally pay for what you get. If you’re looking for a good quality fitness tracker, I recommend the three leading brands: Apple, Fitbit, and Garmins.t


Can sweat damage fitness trackers?

Most fitness trackers are entirely resistant to water. Therefore, sweat shouldn’t be an issue at all. However, you should certainly clean your fitness tracker if you continuously undergo very sweaty fitness sessions on a day-to-day basis. Failing this could result in you carrying harmful bacteria around your wrist, which isn’t good for you, or the people surrounding you. Because of this, you’ll need to clean your fitness tracker regularly. Here’s how you’re able to achieve just that:


How to clean a fitness tracker without damaging it

Cleaning a fitness tracker can really be as hard or easy as you like. It isn’t rocket science and most definitely something anyone can undergo.


Note – the below instruction may vary from fitness trackers to fitness trackers. This is because some may be more prone to water than others. The below how-to guide is based on a Fitbit Force, which is considered one of the best fitness trackers of all time.


  1. First, you’ll want to grab a bucket of warm water and mix some mild detergent with it.
  2. Once you’ve obtained this mixture, you can begin to rinse the band. Remember, avoid getting the display screen wet.
  3. To clean the display screen, you can use a light anti-bacterial wet towel. When doing this, be careful with how much “wetness” you put on the display from the towel; just a light brush is fine to eliminate any bacteria on the watch.
  4. After, dry the device with a paper towel and equip it back onto your wrist.


As you can see, it’s fairly easy to clean your fitness tracker. But, note that cleaning methods may vary from different brands and devices. Therefore, be sure that your device follows the same criteria as the above. Failing to do this, may result in your device becoming broken due to water damage.


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Are fitness trackers even worth it?

The above leads us to this question, are fitness trackers even worth it? The answer to this question could either be yes or no, and it really depends on the end user’s requirements. To make this easier to follow, I’ll explain the pros and cons of using a fitness tracker so you can visualize whether or not a fitness tracker is ideal for you.

Pro's of Fitness Trackers


  • Offers you health data – Usually, data about your body is only achievable when you visit places like a hospital. However, with a fitness tracker, you can gather data about your health which is usually unknown.


  • Provides you a goal – When you have a fitness tracker, you can, of course, track your fitness. This normally consists of your heart rate and steps, etc. For example, it’s recommended that you should walk at least 10,000 steps each day to avoid becoming obese. From knowing this, you can then provide yourself a goal to undergo 10,000 steps each day. This would be nearly impossible to track without a fitness tracker, so it’s an ideal goal to set.


  • It gets you motivated – Because it allows you to set goals like walking 10,000 steps each day, you can also monitor your step count and act on the goal if you’re slacking behind. Let’s say you’ve finished your day and have noticed you’ve only done 8,000 steps. Knowing this and your goals will give you the motivation to go for a short walk. This way, you are not breaking your goals, and you’ll gain a tremendous amount of happiness.


  • Tracks your fitness – If you were to opt-in for a watch that gives you a calorie-burned figure, then you’re able to track your fitness levels. This is superb if you’re dieting towards a specific goal also. Let’s say you’re trying to lose weight; you’ll need to be in a calorie deficit. To achieve this successfully, you’ll want to track both your burn calories and consumed calories and ensure that your burn calories overcome the eaten ones.


  • Their unnoticeable – Most fitness trackers you can purchase today are unnoticeable and you don’t even feel yourself wearing one. Because of this, there are superb accessories, which can aid you immense benefits in a very discreet way.


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Con's of Fitness Trackers


  • Obsession – Many people say obsession is a good thing, but I think differently in most cases. Obsession with your fitness tracking can quickly spiral you somewhere you don’t want to be. Having the number of steps you’ve taken, how many calories you’ve burn, and your average heart rate, on your wrist can result in you becoming overly obsessed with goals. This may take time away from your family and friends, etc.


  • Accuracy – Although fitness trackers seem like a great idea, their not 100% accurate. To have an excellent accuracy in all of the features a fitness tracker has is almost impossible. Things like your steps, average calories burned, etc., cannot be traceable through your wrist precisely. If you invest in a tracker, be sure you don’t worry about accuracy too much.


  • Cost – As the new and innovative fitness trackers become available on the market, they are turning out to be increasingly expensive. For example, an Apple Watch costs upwards of $500. Although it can do more than track your fitness, I can certainly see many other brands within the industry following the same pathway.



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