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Got the mid-summer bulge or just looking to ramp up your exercise routine? Meet the fitness tracker. If you have do...
Got the mid-summer bulge or just looking to ramp up your exercise routine? Meet the fitness tracker. If you have done any reading on the topic of fitness performance and/or weight loss tracking, you’ve heard the term; but like any new product trend, it seems that all fitness companies now make one.
Depending on your goals and abilities, one fitness tracker will be better suited to you. Here’s a run-down of the most popular fitness trackers out there, and what each one does to help you, personally, meet your own goals and fitness expectations.
Today’s fitness tracker is so much more than what its ancestor, the pedometer, ever was. The new tracker’s functionality provides more convenient, more accurate, and smarter information about what exercise you’re doing, how your body is responding to it, and the calories you’re burning, while many even integrate a sleep health monitoring functionality to provide you with info about smarter sleeping. And, since they are all digital, you can sync them with any other fitness-related information you have stored or charted online.
One of the best-reputed fitness trackers on the market comes in a clip-on design with many bells and whistles as far as tracking fitness/health information. For just under $100 (which is the average going rate for the low-end of high-performance fitness trackers), you can track steps taken, stairs climbed, calories burned, weight lost/gained, and sleep patterns, as well as glucose levels, blood pressure, and water consumed. Fun features include a “silent wake alarm” and online fitness tracking account/app compatibility to make your fitness program as comprehensive and accurate as possible.
FitBit Flex is FitBit One’s sibling, and it offers a wrist bracelet design that takes all the features of the FitBit One and simplifies them. This, of course, is perfect for the newbie fitness enthusiast or anyone who is constantly on the move. Aside from counting and tracking key fitness figures for the wearer, the FitBit Flex automatically and wirelessly syncs fitness information to your computer, tablet or smartphone.
The JawBone UP is another popular choice for the fitness enthusiast. It provides comparable middle of the road fitness stats for those who want to learn more about steps taken and calories burned, as well as how their body works in response to fitness training. It also offers whole body health tracking and comes in a sleek design. The JawBone UP is priced just under $130.
The Nike+FuelBand is a great fitness tracker that is also simple. This one is most likely best for those who are just beginning a fitness regimen or who need simple, direct tracking—something like the original pedometer but with more intelligent data, and in a sleeker bracelet form. This fitness tracker tracks steps, activity, and calories burned, and presents them in a data point-tracking system with goals. The Nike+FuelBand is just under $150.
The Motorola MotoActv has been touted and reviewed time and time again as the true fitness diehard’s choice for serious fitness tracking and, for all its features and accuracy, weighs in with a steeper price of just under $250. The MotoActv is designed for a training athlete, in particular a runner, who needs GPS-enabled features that work in harmony with accurate workout tracking, pace statistics, and your favourite songs, as it is also a MP3 player.
Lastly, the Striiv Play makes the whole process of exercise fun—for those who need incentives in order to get started and ramp up their fitness game. For less than $70, the Play fitness tracker device tracks steps taken, calories burned, and stairs climbed, but presents the process of attaining these goals through games, incentives, and social interaction with fellow fitness gamers. While somewhat too playful for some, the Play speaks to those who are new to working out or those who just get bored with workouts and the statistical data of their progress.