“Is there any advice you can offer with regard to shopping for an activity tracker? He likes the monitor the sleep part some offer, as well as the step tracker.”
Thanks for your question Ivy, since I'm not sponsor by anyone and I only own one of those gizmo, I highly recommended the one I have. The best thing I can say is if the one I have would brake, I would get exactly the same kind.
I purchase my Vivofit from Garmin at Costco. It is less expensive than most worthy activity tracker (so you can pay in full haha), the number on the display are easy to read (when I walk I don't want to wear my glasses), and it is light and comfortable.
I'm a low tech kind of person so it is easy to use, it doesn't have a heart monitor (it could for more $$$$) but personally I think it's a gadget...
Once you have set up your account on the net, you get a wealth of information available about your activity and your sleep. I think the best way, I'll show you all the one that I use (but there is a lot more). Now the data you will see is my very own, don't try to duplicate it without a good pair of running shoes :-)
The followings are all from my Garmin application.
The total calories count is not from the steps itself, it's my daily calories' count, it takes into account my weight, my age and the level of steps. It's not that accurate because I might be working hard but not stepping and it thinks I'm not being active. So I considered the counter as a minimum amount of calories I burned for the day.
Total Distance could be set for KM, I prefer to keep it in miles.
Avg Daily Steps is since I got my Vivofit.
At the bottom of the above display there is "your Daily Goal". You can have Vivofit to set it up for you. It will take into consideration YOUR number of daily steps or like mine you can decide the heck with that I'm going to walk that much and that's MY goal. The "Longest Goal Streak" mentioned earlier is the number of days in a row that you exceed your goal.
A display of steps per month. Look at the total... you can't lie to Vivofit, it's real folks.
You can join the challenge, as you see on this one, I am in the lead, I am that good! hahaha