Here in the office we’re on a bit of a health kick. We've got someone using shakes, another working out at the gym, one of us is training for a triathlon, another doing a 5:2 diet and a couple of us are using fitness trackers.
I’m going to talk about Fitness trackers, because with so many wearable tech options out there, it’s hard to decide which one is right for you. So before you go and spend your money on something that might not actually best fit your needs. I’ve compiled a break down of what they can do, in one handy blog.
Lets start with the ever-popular Jawbone range of Fitness trackers. Offering a selection of products, which vary in price, they of course vary in capabilities too. I think that it’s a question of what you actually want to use your tracker for and what benefit you’re hoping to get out of it.
The lower price end of the Jawbone range is the ‘UP move’. For just £39.99, this tracker has a battery life of 6 months and comes in a variety of colours. The UP move is the perfect tracker companion if you want basic tracking. I like the options you get with this item as the clips allow you to choose where you want to wear it; on items of clothing or shoes but also with the option of a wristband clip too.
Allowing you to track calories burned, your sleep pattern and your daily activity, the Up move, offers a basic package of fitness tracking suitable for people who want to see how active they already are on a daily basis and also people want to increase their activity levels too.
In comparison the ‘UP24’ is the next model costing more than the Up Move and at £99 only offers slightly more than the move. Although the only additional features consist of Idle alert and the Smart alarm, I feel this product is aimed towards consumers who want something more visually pleasing than the Move but with similar capabilities. The band comes in 5 different colours and looks sleeker and less invasive compared to the Move.
The ‘UP 3’ is the newest member of the Jawbone family. For £149.99 this piece of tech offers a full fitness-tracking package. The design of the band is sleek and stylish, however it is only available in a choice of 2 colours. Along with movement tracking, the UP 3 allows users to also monitor their heart health and is able to automatically identify what exercise the user is doing using a built-in accelerometer and with sensors to identify patterns in movement. The added bonus of this product is that it is also water resistant up to 10metres, making it also suitable for swimmers.
Another swim safe product on the market is the Misfit Flash. This is the fitness tracker that I use, and haven’t taken off since I bought it 4 weeks ago. I adore my Flash and can only think of one critique of the product; that being that it seems to be about 15 minutes out of sync constantly.
At £49.99, the Flash is perfect for frequent swimmers as it is waterproof up to 30 meters and this was a key selling point for me. The device tracks your steps walked, calories burned and your sleep quality and duration with the added benefit of being able to track specific periods of exercise too.
At the higher end of the Misfit product price range, the ‘Misfit Shine’ is very similar to the Flash in terms of ability, however the Shine is the sleeker and slimmer version, waterproof up to 50 meters. The Shine beats the Flash with one stand out feature; how it syncs. The Shine syncs without the need for wires, or pairing with the Misfit app by being placed on your phones screen, which is a pretty unique feature, and also rather cool.
Fitbit have one of the largest ranges of Fitness trackers, with 6 products on offer.
I’m going to start with the ‘Fitbit Flex’, which is available for £79.99. This stylish looking product tracks your daily movement, calories burned and sleep quality while allowing you to check daily progress on the LED screen; each dot representing 20% of your goal. The Flex is perfect for people who are sat down a lot as the band reminds you to keep moving to keep you on track to reaching your daily goal.
Next in line is the ‘Fitbit Charge’, which David here at G2 is wearing. The Charge is available to buy for £99.99 and although the features are similar to the Flex, the Charge has some stand alone features making it a more desirable product for people who want a balance between activity and staying connected. The Charge displays incoming call notifications when your phone is nearby and also acts as a watch.
As well as tracking your movement, the Charge also tracks how many flights of stairs you have climbed daily and rewards you with Badges to celebrate fitness milestones.
So there you have it, 6 of the most popular fitness trackers on the market right now.
I think the Misfit Flash was the correct decision for me. I managed without it, but my activity levels have certainly been enhanced with it and I’d be quite lost without it now!
Although, after researching more into the Shine, I think it might be time for an upgrade soon!