Fitness Technology Today

Whether you want to improve your fitness or you’re just curious to see how far you walk per day, there are ranges of fitness technology or activity trackers that can help.

Long gone are the days of simple, rickety pedometers, these wristbands (many with accompanying apps) can track far more than just your steps. Here is a list comparing, what many would consider, some of the top activity tracking devices that you could buy today.

1) Fitbit Flex $100

fitbit-flexThe Fitbit Flex is a smart looking band that measures calories burnt, steps taken and even the length and quality of your sleep. Tracking your sleep can be useful, especially if you wake up feeling more tired than you were the night before, as there may be a pattern for when you awaken which you can then look into. For $100 you get a choice of colours and it can sync with a number of different platforms and apps including MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness. The battery is relatively long at 5 days and the band is water resistant so you don’t have to worry about getting it slightly wet in the rain or when washing your hands.

2) Nike Fuel Band SE $149

nike-plus-fuelband-se-04This tracker is available in 4 different colours, for $149 though, it could be said that it doesn’t record your money’s worth – only calories burnt, steps taken and distance walked. There is, however, an option to integrate your details on social media sites, this would perhaps appeal to those with a competitive edge as you try and beat some of your friends and how many calories they’ve burnt that day. Paying $50 more than the Fitbit you’d expect the battery to last longer, unfortunately the battery life is only 4 days long! Also, taking 4 hours to charge means there’s no chance of quickly charging it in the morning before work if you forgot the night before. Compatible platforms for the band are iOS, OS X and Windows.

3) SYNC Burn $100

syncFor $100 this little gadget does a lot! There is no colour choice and it only tracks calories burnt, steps taken and distance walked but it also includes a stopwatch, a GPS and a barcode scanner. There is only one app that the watch can be synced with (MyFitnessPal) but the huge battery life of 365 days makes up for that. The tracker is water resistant and can sync via Bluetooth.

4) Jawbone Up24 $150

up24-spring-colors-hires-007-820x420Available in two colours, this activity tracker notes your calorie intake as well as how many you’re burning; the steps and distance you’ve walked; the length and quality of your sleep and also, apparently, your mood. Similar to the SYNC Burn there’s a barcode scanner and a stopwatch, you also have the additional ability of setting yourself goals; perhaps you may want to set yourself another 500 steps for today! The battery lasts a solid 7 days with a fair 80-minute long charge time.

5) Misfit Wearables Shine $120

misfit_shineThis silver, sleek gadget is different to others as it can be worn as a bracelet or it can be clipped onto the inside of a pocket or onto your shirt. Although the product is only compatible with iOS, the battery length is a good 120 days and you buy accessories for it, from a leather strap for your wrist to a silver necklace that holds the gadget in a stylish flowery design.  This device unlike many others can also be worn whilst swimming, as it’s not just water resistant but fully waterproof.

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