In 1977, the first wireless EKG was invented and would soon become what we know today as a Polar heart rate monitor. Since then we’ve branched from the technology of a simple heart rate monitor to heart rate monitors which also double as activity trackers––calculating your calorie expenditure, daily steps count, mileage, and storing your fitness data. With this rapid increase in wearable fitness technology comes an increased incentive to exercise. If you’re lacking in that motivation department, or maybe just want to amp up your intensity to help lose weight, here are four of the most popular pieces of fitness wearable technology––pros and cons included!
There are eight versions of this multi-faceted fitness tracker that include models for the everyday, for those who are a bit more active, and one for performance. FitBit goes out of its way to cater to a wide range of people with multiple tracking elements like steps, calories burned, heart rate, minutes spent being active, sleep monitoring, and alarms. It also provides a sense of community through its online blog, ways to get competitive with friends, and charitable opportunities.
$49.99 to $149.99
Stemming from a more rugged, black wristband, to four more fashionable versions, the Jawbone UP has transformed into a tracker that’s all about what you need. Each tracker builds upon the last and offers everything from a simple step counter with a food and activity log, to the UP4 that can do all that plus track your sleep, act as a heart rate monitor, be your Smart Coach, and can even help pay for things at the store with a quick swipe!
Jawbones provide basic information that can be viewed online in a clear, and simple way to give the user info on how to better themselves. Plus, if you’re out for a run and don’t want to bring a wallet, you can swipe your UP4 to get a bottle of water!
While the FitBit and Jawbone are excellent options for the everyday user, Garmins are typically more fitting for the techy, active adult.
Garmins have the option to be Smartphone compatible so that you can have your data at hand whenever you need it. You can use them to swim, golf, ski, run, walk, or even cycle (which most fitness trackers can’t measure). They also have a GPS and a long battery life.
$19.99 to $169.00
One thing that sets the Misfit apart from other activity trackers is its sleek and sexy design. Taking away the hard edges and making it slimmer makes this an excellent option for wearing to work and events. In fact, one Misfit is even covered in Swarovski’s crystals! For anyone who just wants the basic info on how they sleep, how many steps they take, how many laps they swim, etc., this is the perfect choice. It keeps things simple without adding too many technological options which can seem overwhelming. It’s also lightweight, which is helpful when swimming.
No matter if you’re new to exercise, or an athlete, fitness wearables offer ways to improve motivation, workout efficiency, and access to all of the elements that support your health. Combine a fitness tracker with Cal Fit’s rewards program and you’ll not only be accountable, you’ll be in the best shape of your life!
One of our favorite new add-ons? We like how the Garmin has GPS and can track cycling! Choose one that suits your personality, your needs, and one that gives you something extra to shoot for! Also read the reviews by wareable.com for more info!