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Want to give your fitness regimen a bit of a boost? A fitness watch or activity tracker might be the missing piece you need to get from where you are to reach your personal goals. These handy (wristy?) devices let you track your workouts, your meals, and your activity throughout the day so that you can make sure you’re on track for your goals. Here's the breakdown of our 4 favorite fitness watches and activity trackers:
The Fitbit Flex is a popular activity and sleep tracker because it’s easy to use, informative, and frankly, it looks cool. It has a sleeker profile than other fitness watches and activity trackers, and comes in a wide range of colors. It’s designed to be worn 24/7, so that means it’s waterproof and you can even wear it in the shower.
The Fitbit tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes overall. It also monitors your sleep and wakes you with a silent alarm. You can sync it wirelessly with your computer or smartphone to view graphs, charts, and stats of your activity, and see your progress toward your goal.
At $99.95, the price of the Fitbit Flex is lower than some of your other activity tracker options. If you don’t need quite so many features and are looking for an even more economical option, the Fitbit One or Zip are good choices for you.
Alright, we know it’s not actually available for purchase yet (it’s coming out early 2015), but we’re so excited about the iWatch that we just had to include it in this list. Because besides helping you stay in contact with all your friends and on top of tasks for work, the iWatch can also help you get in shape.
The iWatch will come in 3 different collections, one of them being the iWatch Sport. The Sport version is more lightweight than the other two options and comes with a flexible wristband that’s designed to keep up with an active lifestyle.
As for fitness features, the iWatch is full of them. It can track your total movement, intensity of exercise, how far you’ve moved, your heart rate, and even how many times you stand up per day. The Activity app shows your daily stats of movement, exercise, and standing up to encourage you to spend less time sitting and more time active. It’s also pretty, which is a plus!
So far, the price of the Apple iWatch hasn’t been released yet, but it’s speculated that it will fall around $350. With such a hefty price tag, the iWatch isn’t for everyone, but if you can afford it then it’s certainly worth the price for all the features it packs in such a tiny space.
If you’re really serious about fitness, the Garmin Vivosmart might be the right option for you. This activity tracker not only keeps track of your calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled, and sleep quality, it also has an inactivity indicator to remind you to get up and get active. With optional extra monitors, you can set it up to monitor your heart rate, bike speed, and cadence as well.
The watch, stopwatch, and countdown functions make it easy to time your workouts, and it’s water resistant design lets you get active no matter what the weather’s like. The Vivosmart also has a display screen that appears when you tap it, which is a step up from other activity trackers that require you to sync them before you can see your stats. It also syncs wirelessly (CHECK) with your Apple or Android device.
At $170, the Vivosmart is a little more expensive than some of your other options, but it offers enough features to more than make up for the higher price. And of course you can shave a few bucks off the price by using a coupon code.
If you want all the basic features of an activity tracker without the hefty price tag, then the Jawbone UP is the ideal choice for you. The UP tracks your movement, calories burned, sleep, active time, and resting time.
You can sync it with the UP app on your Apple or Android device to see your stats, add your food and drink tracking, and monitor your progress toward your goals. The only downside is that it doesn’t sync wirelessly – you have to plug it into your devide to sync. Your other option (a bit more expensive) is the Jawbone UP24, which syncs wirelessly.
With the app, the Jawbone UP creates a complete system that encourages you to lead a healthier lifestyle in general. With a pricetag of just $80, it’s also a healthy choice for your wallet.
Whether your goal is to run a marathon or just make getting off the couch more of a priority, a fitness watch or activity tracker is just what you need to stay motivated and learn about your own daily habits.