Wearable fitness trackers have become a mainstream part of the world of physical fitness, and for good reason. They do much more than count the number of steps you take. They track your sleeping patterns, your heart rate, calorie consumption and coordinate with your other devices. Keeping fit has always been a matter of being constantly motivated to do so, and fitness trackers aid in that regard by constantly updating you on your progress and allowing you to set specific goals for yourself. But with so many fitness trackers out there (there are at least 25 different ones), it can be difficult to decide what to spend your money on. Allow us to help by giving you this run down of the five best fitness trackers on the market today.
Garmin Vivofit 2
Now in its second iteration, the Garmin Vivofit 2 is among the top rated fitness trackers. One thing that makes this fitness tracker special is its remarkably long battery life. The Garmin Vivofit can last as long as one year. However, when the year is up, the battery will need to be replaced in the same way a wrist watch’s battery would. This tracker is also water resistant for those of you who like to work out in the rain. While it doesn’t have a built in heart rate monitor, there is an option to buy an add-on for that separately. It also has a digital backlit display which can show the time, distance travelled, calories burned, and steps taken. The Gramin Vivofit is a fitness tracker for those who crave simplicity in their devices. It requires very little maintenance (aside from the annual battery replacement) and is very easy to use.
Jawbone Up Move
This may be the best basic entry level option to world of fitness trackers. This fitness tracker has all of the essentials at a price far below many of its competitors. Rather than being a wristband, this tracker clips on to a person’s clothing like a common pedometer. However, an optional wristband is available for the Up Move as an additional purchase. Like the other trackers, it keeps track of steps, calories and sleep. It also has an impressive battery life of 6 months. While it doesn’t have the digital display that the Vivofit does, it makes use of LEDs to give you a glimpse of your progress.
Basis Peak Ultimate Fitness Tracker
The Basis Peak is one of the more sophisticated fitness trackers on this list. This wristwatch like tracker records sleep, calories, steps, and monitors heart rate in remarkable detail. One unique aspect of the Basis Peak is its ability to monitor heart-rate in real time under almost any conditions. Using sensors underneath the device, the Basis Peak can give a (usually) accurate reading of a person’s heart rate at that moment. The Basis Peak is entirely touch screen based, and makes use of a backlit digital display to give various readings.
Fitbit is among the most popular brands for fitness trackers. They have released a handful of models but the one that wows us the most is the Fitbit One. The Fitbit One is a stylish clip-on activity tracker that gives a digital display of your current stats. The Fitbit one also does a fantastic job of tracking sleep stats, and it stands out from the rest by offering a silent alarm to wake you up without disturbing your partner.
This activity tracker wins for aesthetic appeal. It is composed of a blank circular face with a ring of 12 LEDs along its border, which represents progress toward goals. However, the Misfit Shine isn’t just a pretty face. It tracks many different activities including running/walking, cycling, sleeping, swimming and more. Yes, the Shine is one of few activity trackers that are meant to be completely submerged in water. It also runs on a replaceable battery which lasts up to 6 months.