There’s been a lot of hype around fitness trackers the past few years. Gone are the days of the old boring pedometer, in with the shiny, colored wristbands that accurately count up your steps and even estimate burned calories.
The problem, it seems, is knowing which fitness tracker is right for you. Here are a few of my favorites and why:
The Polar M400 can’t be beat when it comes to monitors for runners. While others only count your steps, the Polar M400 offers heart rate, pace, distance and altitude tracking as well as a built in GPS. The price can be a bit of sticker shock though at $250.
Polar’s FT7 Heart Rate Monitor is another worth considering. It measures your burning fat ratio based on where your heart rate is at, displays calories burned, and can even be used while swimming. Not only is it effective, it’s girly. Who doesn’t want a bright pink watch!? Like the Polar M400, this one is also a bit pricey at $250.
For New Fitness People:
A favorite for people just starting out in fitness is the Fitbit Zip. At only $60, this is one of the cheapest fitness trackers on the market that actually gives great results. The Fitbit Zip counts steps, estimates calories burned, tracks distances, and conveniently runs off of a watch battery that only needs to be changed every 3-4 months. This is convenient since some more expensive models require a charge every few day. The only downside is that stairs still count as a single step, so the calories burned may be off by quite a bit while you exercise.
Affordable Options for Everybody:
This is where the competition gets a little fierce! For more performance at a fraction of the cost the Fitbit Flex ($99) and Jawbone Up 24 ($129) are a great value. Both brands will track steps, calories, and sleep cycles. Upload data to see how much sleep and exercise you’re getting then set goals of where you’d like to be.
Which fitness tracker is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
Guest Author: Lynn Manning is the owner of 2fitathome.com, a site offering fitness and meal plans to women of all shapes and sizes! She is a mother of two and loves hiking and being active outdoors.
By: Lynn Manning