5 Fitness Wearables: For the Casual Tracker to the Data Obsessed

If you’re looking for a wearable to motivate you to be more active, track your calories, or even log your sleep patterns, you may be surprised by the number of choices available. With so many wearables on the market today, choosing a fitness tracker or smartwatch can be difficult. To help make the buying process a little easier, let’s look at five fitness trackers and smartwatches considered to be a good investment.

Fitbit Charge 2

1This device is targeted to the average person who occasionally runs and wants to keep track of those occasional runs.

Features:

  • 24/7 activity monitoring
  • Link to GPS on your smartphone to provide precise data on pace and distance as well as a map of your route
  • Multi-sport tracking
  • Heart-rate readings
  • Cardio-Fitness Level
    • Provides a snapshot of your fitness level using a personalized Cardio Fitness Score, based on VO2 Max.
  • Excellent free app and graphics-heavy desktop dashboard

Apple Watch Series 3 Smartwatch

2This is Apple’s third-generation smartwatch.

Features:

  • Cellular connectivity – you can leave your phone behind when you workout
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Built-in GPS
  • Ultra-precise heart-rate sensor
  • Casing options
    •  Aluminum
    • Stainless steel
    • Ceramic

Fitbit Alta HR

3Fitbit’s newest fitness band shrinks the best stuff down into a tinier package.

Features:

  • Slim, stylish design
  • 7-day battery life
  • Improved app software
  • Continuous heart-rate notifications
  • Basic phone notifications

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

4Considered the best choice for Android users, the Gear Fit2 Pro is good for users who are trying to choose between a fitness band and a smartwatch.

Features:

  • Built-in GPS
  • Storage and streaming capability for music
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Water resistant
  • Clear display
  • Google Maps-type map showing the exact route you’ve taken while running or biking

Epson ProSense 307

5The Epson ProSense is considered to be the best option for data-obsessed triathletes.

Features:

  • 20 hours tracking mode
  • Tracks running, biking, swimming
  • When you’re not training, it counts calories and steps
  • Utilizes predictive modeling
    • Will show predicted times for different event distances based on your heart rate and speed over shorter distances

 

Obviously, there are as many choices of fitness wearables and smartwatches as there are needs. If you need just average, casual tracker, there’s a wearable for that. If you’re a data-freak and want every step, breath, mile and heart-beat tracked, there’s a wearable for that. Depending on what you want and how much you want to spend, there’s a perfect wearable for you.

 

Sources

1“Best Fitness Trackers and Health Gadgets for 2018,” Marko Maslakovic,  http://gadgetsandwearables.com/2018/04/29/best-fitness-trackers/

2“The Best Fitness Trackers to Log Your Workouts and Weight Loss,” Stefan Vazharov,  https://www.bestproducts.com/fitness/electronics-gadgets/g675/wearable-fitness-trackers/

3“Fitbit Alta HR Review,” Dan Graziano,  https://www.cnet.com/products/fitbit-alta-hr/review/

4“The Best Fitness Trackers of 2018,” Rick Stella,  https://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/best-fitness-trackers/

5“The Best New Smartwatches, Fitness Trackers, and Wearables of 2018,” Michael Frank, https://www.mensjournal.com/gear/best-new-smartwatches-fitness-trackers-and-wearables-2018/1-epson-prosense-307-best-for-data-obsessed-triathletes/

 

 

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Post by Andrea Rogers