Activity Trackers

If you’re looking for an activity tracker, I’ve got you covered! Here’s my pick for the best activity trackers on the market so far in 2017.

 

 


Step Counters

These products can give the average individual a good idea about how active they are throughout the day and without intentional exercise. These can be an excellent reminder to increase our Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis and Metabolic Rate.  My Pick?

Fitbit Zip (Get it on Amazon!)
Old? Yes. A classic? Absolutely. This little step counter easily clips onto clothing, it’s low cost, and it’s super easy to use. By quickly tapping the device you can see your daily activity in seconds. While this is not accurate for intentional exercise it can be a great little device to raise awareness and increase your daily activity level. Excellent for beginners and it just *works*!

 

Jawbone UP MOVE (Get it on Amazon!)
High battery life, low cost, easy to use, and totally waterproof. This device tracks steps just like it’s competitors.  Unlike the Fitbit Zip there is no digital interface that displays activity; instead you must use their mobile application for tracking data. While this may be a slight inconvenience this allows the Jawbone Up MOVE to offer up to 6 months of battery life!

 


Fitbit Alta

It tracks steps, shows a simple watch interface, tracks sleep, and has replaceable bands. What else can you ask for in a simple step counter? This band offers bare-minimum tracking similar to the jawbone up and fitbit zip while maintaining a more clean and appealing aesthetic. Battery life is short with only about 5 days on average!

 


Smart Fitness Watches

Unlike the step trackers listed above, these watches come packed full of features! These options are the most high-end on my list, but they last for years and are well-worth the investment! I personally own two of these trackers and could not recommend them enough!


Garmin Vivosmart HR

This Watch includes step tracking, sleep monitoring, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, GPS for running outdoors and more. While this is certainly not as attractive as some of the other garmin products below, this has a much lower barrier to entry and has many of the same features.

 

Garmin Forerunner 235

This watch tracks your heart rate through an optical sensor, tracks steps, tracks exercise (including everything from swimming to running to cycling), tracks sleep, displays notifications and messages from your phone,  connects to GPS, estimates your VO2 Max, and more! This watch does it all and most importantly to me, it looks great! I love that this  looks like a nice watch instead of a clunky plastic “activity tracker” and it fits perfectly on my wrist! This watch is water-proof  up to 50m! Make sure to purchase the separate heart rate strap (add-on) for the most accurate calorie burns as the optical heart rate sensor only does well under normal activity and cannot make a good connection when wet.  All in all, this is my personal daily-wear watch!

Garmin fēnix 3 Sapphire HR

This watch has everything the Forerunner 235 has and more! It’s sapphire coating ensures that it’s the most durable watch on the market! With advanced tracking of running dynamics from stride length, cadence, physiological metrics from stress score, lactate threshold, and vertical oscillation ratio. Also available is rowing, golf, paddle-boarding, and other sport-specific metrics. You’ll be ready for the outdoors with GPS navigation, altimeter, barometer, and compass, as well as up-to-date weather information. This watch is water-proof  up to 100m!This watch is for the serious marathoner and professional fitness enthusiast! While this watch looks fantastic on a male wrist (my husband looks great in his!), I find that this watch may be too large for females so that’s something to keep in mind.

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Apple Watch 

You’ve seen them and they’re popular for a reason! With optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, speaker, microphone, and excellent OLED retina display you’ll have the hardware to get you there! Unfortunately, this is only “splash resistant” and does not pair with a separate heart rate monitor, so be aware that the optical heart rate sensor will be inaccurate when sweaty or wet. With smart notifications and a host of apps, this is bound to make anyone happy!

 


The Most Beautiful Trackers

Unlike the trackers above which focus on form over function these trackers have got aesthetics dialed in.


Withings Steel HR

This watch offers step tracking, sleep tracking, 24/7 HR Monitoring, and an astounding 25 day batter life! Not to mention this is simply a beautiful, clean, classic design that will go with any outfit. Nothing is worse than an obvious clunky plastic activity trackers!

 

 


Skagen Unisex Connected Watch

Made by Danish company Skagen this watch deliver’s high-quality activity tracking with beautiful style. Features include  step tracking, sleep tracking, smart notifications, and interchangeable straps so that it’s always in style!

 

 


That’s It! Those are my recommendations for fitness trackers so far in 2017.

While many other products exist on the market (for example the garmin vivofit HR) I simply think they have too many flaws to recommend. Hope you enjoyed this post and make sure to stay tuned for more like this in the future!