Fitness gadgets will help you track your stats to achieve your health goals, whether you want to lose weight, increase your physical activity, or else.
You’ll find the market is now flooded with choices of fitness devices that collect a wide swath of biometric data all in a small, wearable device no bigger than a bracelet. These activity trackers and fitness devices will provide you better insight into the habits that make up your lifestyle, including diet and sleep strategies, heart rate, blood pressure, calorie consumption, etc. These days, many fitness trackers come with a smartphone app that can be used to track your progress, in addition to log of what you eat daily. Some are wholly waterproof, however almost all will withstand sweat and rain, and batteries last anywhere from a few days to many months based on their power source. Check out the top fitness trackers available here, so that you can choose your best one after looking at the design, performance and ease of use.
The Garmin Vivofit is a fitness tracker set on a rubber wristband that tracks distance traveled, displays expected calories burned, shows how many steps are left towards your every day goal, and tells the time. The band comes in two sizes, is easy to strap on as well as quite comfortable to wear. If you want some color in your life, then catch hold of additional wristbands which costs $41 for a pack of three – purple, teal and blue. One of the great benefits over other trackers is that you don’t have to remove when you are in the shower or going for swimming as it is water resistant up to 50m. The device weighs 25.5g and priced at $209.
You can use this gadget in place of a watch, and its display is sharp and also easy to read, however it has no backlight. The gadget is simple to set up – just plug the ANT+ USB dongle (included) into a PC, download the Garmin Express software (PC and Mac) and follow the directions. Or download the Garmin Connect app (Android and iOS) to your mobile and pair it with the Vivofit through Bluetooth. Either way, you need to sign up for a Garmin account or log into the current one. Once paired, the Vivofit speedily syncs with the app to download your newest activities.
Jawbone’s latest wearable device – the Up24 is sleek, comfortable, and light to wear on the wrist and certainly worth buying over the older, less costly Up band. It is a ridged and rubbery-feeling band sold in three various sizes and four attractive colors with price tag of $249. Jawbone Up24 is no doubt one of the best fitness-trackers you can purchase with its strong water and sweat resistant coating, as well several ways to help you master your sleep as it knows the difference between light and deep sleep.
The device needs a mobile device (Android or iOS) as it can’t sync with your PC. Moreover, this tracker doesn’t have a display on it, so you’ll be seeing your smartphone a lot. Up24 is now wireless with Bluetooth 4.0 whereas the original Up had to be plugged into a smartphone through a headphone jack for syncing. Setting up is simple – The app detected the tracker and pairing takes few seconds, afterward to sync the data, check your smartphone’s Bluetooth is switched on, then launch the app. You will have to wait just few seconds for the app to detect and sync the newest data.
This smarter 24/7 activity tracker on the market not only counts steps, but also connects to a separate heart rate strap, giving you with heart-rate based calorie details for activities. Priced at $149, the wristband is offered in black, blue and purple color options, and comes in one size and has to be cut to fit your wrist. What you need to do is just wear the smart bracelet on your wrist and all of your activities like swimming, cycling, etc. will be captured. With the hit of a button, the tracker displays the time, your total steps, calories burned, every day activity goal, and tips to achieve it – all on an 85 LEDs display.
Setting up is simple – plug the device into your PC, download the Polar FlowSync software (Mac and Windows) and follow the directions. You will have to sign up for a Polar Flow account. If you already have one, then simply log in. Afterward, sync the Loop with the Polar Flow app obtainable in both Android and iOS through Bluetooth. You hit the button on the device, and afterward wait for the Loop display to turn off, to pair the devices.
Sony’s SmartBand is a lightweight simple device that not only monitors your fitness but also logs every other part of your life. It allows you keep track of everything you do like your entertainment, your communication, and your movements. It has a good battery life, and also it is dust and water proof. This wrist-worn activity tracker is able to record how much you check in on Facebook or the number of images you capture on a daily basis. There is no symptom of any annoyance during the day or night, and also it survives a sweaty run or a session in the gym and doesn’t feel sticky under the wrist.
Priced at $138, the SmartBand will run on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy. Note that it doesn’t support iOS devices. Moreover, the band is equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. If your smartphone is NFC-enabled, then setting up is easy – simply tap and you will be directed to the Google Play Store to download the SmartBand SWR10 app. The SmartBand app will not emerge on your device, so you have to download the Smart Connect app to arrange SmartBand’s settings. Lastly, to sync the data collected by the Core, download the Lifelog app and then add the current Google account or make a new one to log into the Lifelog app and sync with the SmartBand.
Samsung Gear Fit
Samsung’s first fitness-focused wearable gadget – Gear Fit has a gorgeous, curved screen, in addition to a heart rate monitor, pedometer and some smartwatch features thrown in for good measure. Wherever you go, this fitness tracker works wonders for any occasion with interchangeable bands and screens so you can appear and feel your best. What’s remarkable about the device is that it combines the features of a fitness tracker with the ease of a smartwatch, allowing you view incoming text messages, for instance – on the vibrant touchscreen display. The touchscreen is very sensitive, so truly active people will find the device hard to use when they’re out like bicycling or jogging. Moreover, it is IP67 certified, so it is dust-resistant and waterproof to a depth of 1m for 30min, it means you can safely take it for a shower, but not at swimming pool.
Priced at $268, the Gear Fit has a forward-looking design, many more additions compared to the average fitness band. First of all, you have to download the Gear Fit Manager app from Samsung Apps, and not Google Play Store. Pairing this fitness tracker with a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with this app is easy. Afterward, configure what notifications you want revealed, or which apps you want launched, with double-click. For syncing your fitness data with your smartphone, you should download another app, Samsung’s Fitness with Gear app.
Withings Pulse O2
Take on a healthier lifestyle with Withings Pulse O2 Tracker. The Pulse O2 comes with several features into a small, power-efficient device, and it is most helpful for people looking to become more active, instead of those who already have a strict fitness regimen. What’s unique feature in this activity tracker is an oximeter, which measures the saturation of oxygen in your blood. You can wear this device on your wrist, attach it to your belt or tuck it in your pocket during the day, and at night use the wristband to monitor your sleep. By monitoring your activity 24/7, it captures distance, steps, calories burned, sleep, elevation, heart rate, etc. to help you set realistic goals.
Priced at $229, this activity tracker is designed to be set up via a mobile device through the Withings Health Mate app (Android and iOS). Setting up is easy – hold down the button for 3 seconds to begin the pairing. Launch the app and follow the directions. The display shows lots of details like calories burned, elevation, time, steps taken and distance travelled. Click the button to toggle from one form to another.
Nike+ FuelBand SE
The Nike+ FuelBand SE is a minor upgrade to last year’s FuelBand, adding Bluetooth 4.0 for continuous syncing, and some new motivational wrinkles to its software, however the band’s design is more attractive compared to its package of features. Priced at $149.99, Nike+ FuelBand SE tracker wirelessly connects to your app, letting you to check your growth on your mobile device and get the inspiration you require to get moving. The FuelBand SE is a fine choice – the bangle looks sporty and feels comfortable. Note that the band is water-resistant, however not waterproof.
Setting up the FuelBand SE on your Mac or PC is very easy – first of all, download and install the Nike+ Connect software. Then, plug the FuelBand into a USB port on your PC, enter your necessary statistics and set up your every day goal of NikeFuel points. You are able to charge the device with a USB connector, and it is known that each full charge is good for around 4 days. You can sync it with your iOS device with a Nike+ FuelBand app (Android version accessible just on 6 chosen devices) through Bluetooth to see the detailed statistics, or link it to your PC through USB.
LifeTrak Zone C410
The Zone C410 automatically tracks everything you would anticipate from a modern fitness tracker including calories, steps, distance, and sleep. Just pay $125 and sync to LifeTrak app in order to get detailed sleep charts, or go easy and see your sleep right on your tracker. Moreover, you don’t require any extra parts like a phone or charging cable! Best of all, you don’t have to worry about recharge as its standard CR2032 battery lasts for one year. Other perks include an always-on display, accurate tracking, and a waterproof design.
Earlier, the C410 would sync with the iOS-only free Argus app, but now LifeTrak has its own app for both Android as well as iOS. To pair and sync data through Bluetooth, hold down the lower button given on the right side of the device. The app’s sleep data (not present in Argus app) display is not as inclusive as that of the Withings Pulse O2 or Jawbone Up24, and does not distinguish between light/deep sleep. Note that its little hard to sync data on this tracker as many times, you have to make the smartphone forget the device and pair them again to sync the data.