Still don’t have one? Here are the Top 10 Fitness Tackers in 2017.
There are several health benefits of wearing an activity / fitness tracker, and it seems like everybody has one these days. If you don’t own one yet but are planning to get one, I have collected the Top 10 Fitness Trackers for you right here so you get up to speed on what’s available. New products are coming out all the time in fast pace with technology development, and it can sometimes be difficult to be oriented in the gadget jungle, but I’m here to help you.
Here are a few of the health benefits associated with letting a high-tech wearable monitor your day:
1: Motivation – Let the gadget remind you to move more and keep track of your improvements. Even basic tracker devices will improve your activity level by many percents.
2: Set Goals – Keep the momentum up and track your progress with your goals even if it a weight loss, running or exercise goal. 10.000 steps a day is recommended as a minimum walking goal. Daily exercise lowers the risk of health diseases like cancer, stroke, and many chronic diseases.
3: Track your food intake – One of the most important aspects of keeping you healthy is what you put into your body. A fitness tracker and smartphone app can keep track of your calorie consumption and even remind you to drink more water.
4: Sleep Tracking – Most activity trackers will give you feedback on your sleep quality which is an important part of being fit and healthy.
5: Track your Heart Rate – Keep track of your heart rate both when you are exercising and when you are at rest. Most of these modern devices have built-in heart rate sensors.
A fitness tracker is also the perfect gift for gadget lovers, friends or family who might need a bit of workout motivation or to monitor their activities. Even children can wear activity trackers nowadays, but only for fun and play.
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Quick fitness tracker suggestions
- Best Allround Tracker: Fitbit Blaze (place 1)
- Best Accuracy: Fitbit Charge HR (place 3)
- Best Bracelet Style: Jawbone UP3 (place 6)
- Best Look: Withings Activité Steel (place 2)
- Best Display: Samsung Gear Fit2 (place 5)
- Best Batter Life: Withings Go (place 7)
- Best Cheap Tracker: Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse (place 9)
Now, to the complete list over the Top 10 Fitness Trackers in 2016, starting with number 1:
1. Fitbit Blaze
The smart fitness watch everyone is talking about with a style quotient.
The Blaze track the basic stuff as most other fitness trackers like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. It also continuously monitors your pulse and heart rate on your wrist.
If you pair it with a smartphone, you have GPS capabilities on the watch and can track your route.
The device has an excellent design, with a beautiful steel frame around the display. The band is interchangeable and can be switched out if you don’t like the elastomer plastic feel and rather want metal or leather.
Check out my longer article on the Fitbit Blaze if you want more info. This product is super cool!
2. Withings Activité Steel
Classy smart fitness watch in stainless steel and chrome.
Withings Activité Steel is a beautiful activity fitness tracker with the resemblance to a real watch. If you are looking for a wearable that looks classy and not as cheap-looking as many other activity trackers do, consider this one.
It is built with a sturdy stainless steel and chrome finish with bands available in 9 different colors
Even if it looks just like an ordinary watch, it is an advanced gadget which can track steps, distance, swimming, running, sleep quality and calories burned. It can even wake you up with a silent vibrating alarm.
3. Fitbit Charge HR
A quality fitness wristband with smart notification and all-day activity monitoring.
The Fitbit Charge HR is a fantastic all-day activity tracker which has been on the marked a bit longer than Blaze on first place. The original Charge was without heart rate monitor, but in a competitive marked where customers demand, even more, many fitness trackers have come in updated versions like this one – HR stands for Heart Rate.
The Charge HR comes in four colors, black, purple, blue and orange, and is built in a sturdy rubber-like material. It monitors your whole day and can give you smart notifications on the tiny display like caller id.
Read my article on the Charge HR here for further details.
4. Microsoft Band 2
Futuristic band with curved display and lots of sensors to track everything.
Microsoft Band 2 is the second generation of fitness bands from Microsoft. This one has onboard Optical Heart monitor, a three-axis accelerometer to measure speed, built-in microphone, GPS and a built-in skin temperature sensor. That is kind of cool. In fact, it comes with 11 sensors you can see listed in this article.
This is a gadget capable of tracking running, biking, golf and more. You get notifications of emails, text messages, calendar appointments and call alerts on the cool curved colorful AMOLED display with 320×128 pixels resolution.
Read more positive user reviews and check the pricing here.
5. Samsung Gear Fit2
Large AMOLED touchscreen display, built-in GPS, and great design.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 is, much like the band above, also an upgrade from a previous version. I think this band is great
looking, and it has a vibrant curved AMOLED touchscreen display with staggering 432 x 216 resolution. Smart notifications like calls and texts are shown right on your wrist, and you can respond to it if your phone is in Bluetooth range.
This wearable tracks steps, calories burned, heart rate, sleep quality and much more. Integrated GPS makes it easy to track your activities and where you run. It comes in three different colors which are black, blue and pink.
One drawback with the Fit2 is that it doesn’t support iOs, only Android. If you have a Samsung phone, this band is something you should consider.
6. Jawbone UP4
Top fitness bracelet with impressive monitoring which also can be used for payments.
The UP4 is the latest bracelet style tracker from Jawbone, with more features than the predecessors UP2 and Up3. The main difference between UP3 and UP4 is the possibility to connect it to an American Express Card and do Amex payments. Apart from that, they are pretty similar.
The band is discreetly worn on your wrist and continuously monitoring your heart through the day. Apart from that, it measures your whole day of activity like steps, workouts calories and distance. It has automatic sleep tracking which is capable of capturing REM, light, and deep sleep.
When it is time to wake up, it silently wakes you on the optimal time.
With the app Smart Coach, you get personalized guidance on your lifestyle and get motivation when you need it. It doesn’t have a display, and that makes the price go down.
Read more about the exciting new UP4 on Amazon.com.
7. Withings Go
Water restistant fitness activity tracker with amazing battery life and fun look.
Withings Go is a sporty looking gadget that tracks activity, calories, and sleep. It is water resistant down to 50 meters which let you monitor swimming distance too. Go comes in several colors and the tracker unit can be worn in a clip or a watch band.
One of the things which make this fitness wearable really interesting is the amazingly long battery life. Charging batteries are often the main reason why people get tired of using an activity tracker. This gadget relies on a single CR2 coin battery which lasts for eight months before replacement.
To save energy the screen is an E Ink type wich is easy to read. Click the screen to scroll through your activity progress. Synced with a smartphone, you get coaching and more details on your activities.
8. Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Updated Vivosmart fitness tracker with smart notifications and wrist based heart rate monitoring.
Vívosmart HR+ is the newest addition to Garmin’s successful Vivosmart series.
It has GPS to monitor distance and speed, and keep track of your burned calories, heart rate, climbed floors, intensity minutes and steps. The touchscreen display is easy to read even in bright sunlight and with a swipe of your finger you go through the different stats.
Paired with a phone it is automatically synchronized with the Garmin Connect Mobile app which makes it possible to participate in challenges, see more statistics and get guidance. You will also get notifications like emails, text messages, social media and more right on your wrist.
9. Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse
Lightweight and cheap activity tracker that does the job.
Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse is, first of all, a very cheap alternative to more expensive fitness trackers. It has gathered a huge fanbase and is now able to monitor your heart rate in real-time.
Not many fitness wristbands in this price range can do all the things Mi does.
You are of course dependant of a smartphone to take full advantage of all the features of this device since it does not have a display itself. It has three LEDs on the front which give you some feedback thou.
It comes in a variety of fresh colors and a battery life of 30 days before you need to recharge.
10. Misfit Shine 2
Strong, waterproof, thin fitness and sleep tracker with many possibilites.
Misfit Shine 2 is a super thin tracker device formed as a disc you can mount in clips, many different watch bands, and necklaces. It is perhaps the most sturdy tracker in this list built in T6 aircraft-grade aluminum.
If you are a swimmer, good news – this one is water resistant and can handle 50 meters of water depths. The clickable front face has 12 LED lights which work as both a clock and an indicator for progress and notifications.
It is very energy effective with a cell battery that lasts for 6 months and wakes you up in the morning with a silent alarm.
So, this is my list over the Top 10 Fitness Trackers for either yourself or if you are looking for gifts. Do you agree or have I missed your favorite wearable? Leave a comment below if you have any questions.
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