How to track activity without an Apple Watch, Garmin or Fitbit

Updated: Nov 25

You don't need an expensive fitness tracker to track your activity levels. There are plenty of apps that can do the job just as well, if not better. In this blog post, we'll show you how to track your activity without spending a fortune on a fitness tracker.

There are many ways to track your activity without an Apple Watch, Garmin or Fitbit. One way is to use a smartphone app. There are a number of apps that can track your activity, including steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned and more. Some of our favourite apps include MapMyRun and Strava. You'll also find "Health" apps on your Iphone or Android phone that can track steps at a minimum. That said, getting the best out of these apps often requires data you can only get from a wearable device, such as heart rate, active calories and respiration data.

The good news is that you don't need an expensive fitness tracker such as Garmin, Fitbit or Apple watch. There are a number of cheaper alternatives on the market (e.g. brands such as Huawei, Xiaomi, or Amazfit) that are capable of providing the rudimentary data inputs mentioned above and that can be synced with apps such as Apple Health or Google Fit.

There are limitations with going for cheaper fitness trackers, particularly when it comes to the level of features for more advanced athletes. Other limitations might also be around the comparability of your data to that of friends, as different fitness trackers will measure and report on different metrics. The good news is with the Motion app you can sync any wearable, smartwatch or fitness tracker device, thus making it easy to compare, compete and challenge friends regardless of which brand fitness tracker they've gone for.

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