Fitness tracker wearables and mobile apps are becoming popular among consumers trying to improve their lifestyles while become healthier - but manufacturers want to drive interest in wearables.
Most fitness trackers tend to vary in price from $49 for the Misfit Flash up to $250 for something like the Fitbit Surge - with additional hardware and software features being packed into the wearables.
Some of the mobile apps are just as accurate as their wearable counterparts, and using a smartphone is something more users are already familiar with. However, here is a bit of advice for consumers unsure if they are ready to make the plunge:
"If you want to test the waters with something less expensive before you commit to buying an activity tracker, I recommend using a free activity-tracking smartphone app, such as Moves or Argus for a few days instead," said Jill Duffy, senior analyst and fitness tech specialist at PCMag.com, in a statement published by CBS News.