As with many new products, fitness trackers have a certain silliness about them. It’s easy to poke fun at someone walking around with their FitBit strapped to their wrist and make snide comments about how it “must being doing them a lot of good”.
Truth is though, many healthcare professionals believe fitness trackers make a big difference in a person’s health and can help doctors get more insight into the physical aspects of a person’s life so they can make more informed recommendations. Not only that, but tracking your personal exertion will give you more insight and motivation for getting healthy. It’s a guide to help you understand your needs.
These fitness trackers are built and rated for the common person. These are not ultra high tech pieces of equipment suitable for Olympians, but for everyone not planning on competing at a world class level, these trackers are the best on the market.
1. Fitbit One – $79
Despite the fact that you don’t wear this on your wrist (or maybe because you don’t) the tracking on this device is extremely accurate. You can also get a wrist band that will house the fitbit so you can wear it like any other fitness tracker. Plus, unlike other devices, it is compatible with both iOS and Android phones.
At 1.5 ounces the Garmin Forerunner 10 is very light and similar to its big brother the Garmin Forerunner 15. It accurately tracks distance, pace, speed and calories. The only downside is it doesn’t connect to Bluetooth.
3. Microsoft Band 2 – $175
This is probably the best fitness tracker on the market for running. Very accurate in tracking quick pace activities and ha a laundry list of great features. It does come at a cost though.
4. Fitbit Charge HR – $125
The Fitbit Charge HR is extremely simple to use and makes for a very subtle addition to your wardrobe. It has continuous heart rate monitoring to track steps and sleep with a battery life of about 6 days.
The Garmin Vivofit 2 is an entry level fitness tracker with a fairly small amount of features. However, it does provide good step-tracking and a long battery life with swappable bands in a variety of styles
6. Samsung Gear Fit Watch – $149
Part smartwatch, part fitness tracker. Supports bicycling. Records sleep. Smartwatch notifications are well implemented. Touch-screen enabled. Very good-looking on your wrist. It does, however, require a connection with a Samsung device. So if you have an iPhone forget it.
7. Jawbone UP2 – $85
For under $100, it’s still one of the best looking trackers that delivers accurate data and pretty much nails the basics. The UP software is extremely easy to use as well, but it’s the data insights that really set it apart from the competition.
8. Misfit Shine 2 – $99
For $99, this is a solid little fitness tracker. It accurately stores data on steps, calories, distance, sleep and activity. However, it isn’t particularly good looking.
9. Polar A300 – $99
Does it all at reasonable price and has a nice wrap of features. This thing is a pure fitness tracker, so there are no add-ons for phone notifications and things of that sort. It focuses on getting you in shape and healthy.
10. Fitbit Blaze – $199
This is in actuality, probably the best overall fitness tracker. It is very well-designed, tracks data, has great features and looks really, really good. If it weren’t so damn expensive at $250, it would probably be #1 on the list.