What Is The Best Fitness Tracker For Seniors?

Written By: William Rivers
Reviewed By: William Rivers
Published: November 20, 2021
Last updated: March 30, 2023

Seniors looking to keep track of their step count and reap the benefits of physical activities should consider getting a fitness tracker. However, they can be challenging to use for those who are not tech-savvy. Because of this, the best fitness tracker for seniors should be easy to use, compatible with mobile phones, and have good battery life.

The best fitness trackers include:

  • Fitbit Charge 4
  • Garmin Forerunner 245
  • Apple Watch Series 6 

Best Budget Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Charge 4

Since fitness trackers can range in price, seniors looking for a more affordable model should strongly consider Fitbit Charge 4. It comes with a built-in GPS and an Active Zone Minutes function that can help measure overall health in a simple visual manner. The battery life is also quite strong, lasting between 5 days to a week. 

However, note that the $129.95 price tag means that it lacks integrated music features found in other smartwatches. 

Best Fitness Tracker for Runners: Garmin Forerunner 245 

For senior runners, the Garmin Forerunner 245 is one of our best picks. It can be synced with a mobile phone and comes with advanced metrics such as blood oxygen saturation, stress levels, and sleep. The music edition can store up to 500 songs and use Spotify or Deezer for easy listening. 

Unlike some bulky models, the Forerunner 245 has one of the advantages of being light and relatively small, making it highly comfortable to wear. 

Best Overall Fitness Tracker: Apple Watch Series 6 

One of the latest watch models of Apple, this is a good choice for seniors who own an iPhone. It has a bright screen, blood oxygen reader, along with step tracking and other basic features. Something to note is that it has a limited battery life of 18 hours, which means you may need to charge it more. 

However, it is a stylish and convenient option for seniors looking for a daily and sophisticated watch. 

When choosing a fitness tracker, seniors should consider their special needs, budget, and any sport-specific features they need.

Read Senior Strong’s articles to learn more about the best exercises for seniors and other health and fitness tips! 

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William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.
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