Fitness bands are ALL craze these days, and its easy to see why. They are a great motivator to help you get moving and track your progress. More and more people are adding fitness trackers to their daily lives for the improvement of their health. Here is a basic rundown of the top fitness trackers on the market to help you narrow down your search and find the right one for you.
The Fitbit Flex is one of the most popular fitness trackers out there. It comes in a wide variety of fun or neutral colors. It tracks steps take, calories burned, hours slept, quality of sleep, distance traveled, and active minutes. Because Fitbit is so popular, it’s likely you already have friends wearing and tracking their progress on the Fitbit app that syncs wirelessly with your tracker. Additionally, it works well with other apps you are already using, like My Fitness Pal and Run Keeper. This can be especially motivating if you want to compete with friends for the most steps taken and highest activity. If a wrist doesn’t appeal to you, Fitbit also offers the Fitbit One that can be clipped on to your clothing and worn without anyone else seeing it.
Jawbone offers 2 options for it’s fitness tracking wrist bands. For $129 you can get the Up24 that syncs through Bluetooth with the Jawbone app, or for $79 Up wristband will sync when manually plugged in. Jawbone offers in app food & drink tracking, steps & activity, sleep tracking, “Insight Engine” which learns about you over time and helps you to achieve your goals, and smart alarm to wake you at the ideal time. It is also designed to work well with other health and fitness apps you are already using.
The Nike+ Fuelband SE will track the intensity of your workout, counts steps and tells time, displays progress in real time, and allows you to compare progress and stay motivated through Nike+ Groups (only on iOS). It will sync wirelessly with your Android or iOS device. Nike offers their own system of activity tracking called NikeFuel. The idea is that you want to earn Fuel, and this band will track your activities and let you know what is earning you the most Fuel.
The biggest down side of this cool fitness tracker is that it works exclusively with Samsung smart phones. The Gear Fit not only tracks your steps and activities like other bands, it is also a heart rate monitor as well as can receive text messages and emails. One of the greatest features of the Gear Fit is the large display so you can see your daily progress without having to open an app.
The Vivofit tracks steps, calories burned, sleep monitoring, and has a battery that can last more than a year, as opposed to all the other options the require regular charging. The Vivofit works by Bluetooth with Garmin’s free online community that features detailed tracking information on your smart phone or computer. While the Vivofit band itself is not a heart rate monitor, a heart rate monitor is available in a bundle.
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