Have you ever used an activity tracker to monitor your steps, calories or heart rate? Using a wearable tracker to hold yourself accountable for physical activity can help you get into shape, set and reach fitness goals and train to become a much healthier, happier version of yourself.
Wearable fitness trackers are small tracking devices that attach to your wrist like a watch or bracelet. There are trackers that operate independently of other devices as well as those that can connect to your smart phone by downloading an Android or IOS app. Here are some of the top fitness trackers released within the last year.
The Fitbit Charge 2 monitors your heart rate continuously as it remains wrapped around your wrist, which helps give you a more accurate measure of an estimate of how many calories you are burning in a given day. It also helps you work out more effectively by establishing heart rate “zones” which burn different amounts of calories at different workout intensities. Fitbit Charge 2 also serves as a sleep tracking device by keeping tabs on your sleep-wake cycle. Runners can also use it while active to track their pace and distance.
This fitness tracker is a heart rate based activity tracker that keeps up with you 24/7 whether you’re completely sedentary or running a marathon. Its bright display helps you keep track of time and how many steps you have taken throughout the day. It also syncs to your Samsung phone (multiple versions) if that is your smart phone of choice. This way it serves similar functions to an Apple Watch in that it can help you keep track of your messages and other notifications right on the same screen as tracking your activities. You can keep your phone in your pocket and still stay active and connected with the people around you.
Like other Garmin wearable products, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is designed specifically for people who engage in regular physical activity. This could also mean it might help you become more physically active if you aren’t already. It tracks different activities like running, walking, swimming and biking without having to change any settings or start an activity timer. It uses your heart rate to show you how many calories you are burning and how active you are throughout the day. It is also a progress tracker, so you can keep track of personal activity records and get motivated to reach new goals every single day.
4. Withings Go
As far as fitness trackers go, this version is cheap – less than $100 – making it affordable without taking away the major features you might want out of a wearable fitness tracker. Withings Go keeps track of your steps, miles run and calories burned, and is water resistant up to 165 feet, so you can make use of it for swimming as well. It also functions as a sleep tracker in order to help you get better sleep. Its battery lasts up to eight months, and you can download an app to help track your fitness progress.
5. Jawbone UP3
An important part of health and physical activity overall is making sure you are getting enough sleep. The Jawbone Up3 not only tracks your heart rate and other standard metrics, but it also closely tracks your sleep. One of its most unique features is that it monitors your sleep cycle, and has the ability to wake you up with an alarm at an optimal time in your cycle so you can wake up with more ease and alertness to get your day started off on the right foot. Jawbone is compatible with both Android and IOS devices.
6. Misfit Ray
Misfit Ray is one of the most basic and affordable fitness trackers you can find on sale today, and for many, basic and affordable are their only qualifications. It is a light, easy to use fitness band that tracks steps, calories burned and sleep quality. It comes with replaceable batteries (its battery life is around six months), so you don’t have to worry about remembering to charge it when you aren’t wearing it. Its simplicity makes it perfect for those who want to keep a casual look at their daily activity, even if they aren’t engaged in regular fitness training, though it can be used for that too in terms of distance traveled and calories burned.
The most unique feature of the Microsoft Band 2 activity tracker is that it comes in three different sizes: small, medium and large. It is also compatible with Windows, Android and IOS phones. It also comes with all the standard features in addition to its unique qualities, including step counting, calories burned, heart rate and sleep quality.
Physical activity is an important if not essential part of living a healthy life. Some people are excellent self motivators, and can establish and stick to a brand new fitness routine without it upsetting their normal life. Others need self accountability and a different kind of level of motivation to persuade them to become more active, which is why fitness trackers can be great for encouraging positive lifestyle changes and behaviors.
Try out any of these fitness trackers to see which ones best fit your needs. It all depends on what you are hoping to get out of your fitness tracker. Some people are curious about how many calories they are burning and how many steps they are taking, but aren’t interested in changing their behavior. Others have specific goals in mind, such as losing weight or working up to running a 5K. They need to be able to keep track of their progress and make adjustments according to the data their fitness trackers provide.
Hopefully you will make the most out of your fitness tracker and find the one that helps you to reach your goals and live a healthier life. Physical activity can and should be fun. Don’t be afraid to enjoy it.