Long gone are the days of a simple pedometer. The latest activity trackers record data from all aspects of your life. Get your credit card, laptop and let’s head over on google and investigate the best of the following.
1. Misfit Shine
Track your activity—from swimming to sleeping. Double-tap the screen and a halo of lights reveals how close you are to your daily goal. View steps, distance and calories burned using the Misfit Shine app ($99). The Swarovski Shine could be the ultimate lady’s fitness tracker.
2. Fitbit Flex
Record steps, distance, calories and “active minutes.” A silent alarm gently vibrates to wake you, and data syncs to the Fitbit app where you can log information like food intake ($99.95).
3. Sony Smartband
Yes, this records exercise, but also social activity, including time spent listening to music or on a call. View data with the Lifelog app ($100).
4. Polar Loop
This bracelet shows steps, calories and time of day on its LED display. Use the app to monitor your daily, weekly and monthly progress ($120).
5. TomTom Runner Cardio GPS
Before a run, select one of five intensity zones and its heart rate monitor will alert you to slow down or speed up as needed. Its GPS helps you map routes, and the large display makes it easy to read stats like pace, distance and time ($270).
6. Jawbone UP2
While the Jawbone UP2 falls short of the Charge HR’s advanced fitness skills, it’s a comfortable, good looking and accurate activity tracker that totally nails the basics – even more so following the latest design tweaks. The strong activity tagging, sleep monitoring and smart alarm make a near dream suite of features. Feature check: Steps, sleep, smart alarm ($99.99).
7. Garmin Vivoactive
This every day sports wearable blends fitness and sports features with reliable notifications in a reasonably priced package. It’s not exactly a looker but don’t let that put you off, the Vivoactive has GPS to accurately track running, cycling and swimming with live pace and distances. As an easy to live with sports companion with access to Garmin Connect, this is a brilliant buy. Use it to watch daily steps, GPS run/bike/golf tracking, notifications $249.99
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