Following a full-on health and fitness daily regime, working out and training, exercising at the gym or simply wanting to make sure that you stay healthy and keeping track of your daily activities, here are 5 best health and fitness activity tracking wristbands to get you started.Generally, these wristbands perform the following functions:
- activity tracker (rest, moving or sleeping)
- pedometer or step counter calculates the steps taken and distance traveled
- calories burned, moving and resting time
- sleep monitor lets you see you sleep pattern at night
- set goals (sleep, steps, exercise, calories burned, distance traveled)
- most devices are water proof so you can take this to swimming and shows time of the day
- log and sends this wirelessly to an App (and/or) Internet portal so you can access your personal dashboard and track your activities either online or via an app
We will look at the following and how they compare:
The predecessor to the original Garmin vivofit, the vivofit 2 does not look very different from the previous generation with all the features you love from the first generation vivofit.
- Steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, activity tracker and monitor sleep
- Learn your activity level and propose a personalised daily goal
- Inactivity alert with red bars appearing after 1 hour and builds up if you do not start moving
- Battery life: over 1 year
- Sync with Garmin Connect to save, plan and share progress
- Can be paired with a heart rate monitor
CML Rating: (4 / 5)
See first generation Garmin vivofit at the bottom of the article
Misfit Speedo Shine – FOR SWIMMERS
The Misfit Speedo Shine fitness and sleep monitor is the activity tracker designed with swimmers in mind, water proof to 50 meters and made from durable aircraft-grade aluminium. It tracks lap count and swim distance with industry leading accuracy and works for all stroke types.
- Swim Lap Counting
- Activity Tracker: steps, distance, calories
- Automatic monitoring of sleep quality and duration
- LED display for time
- Battery Life: up to 6 months with CR2032 coin cell
- Sync via Bluetooth with Misfit App (iOS or Android)
CML Rating: (4 / 5)
Also see Misfit Shine at the bottom of the article
Fitbit Charge HR Wireless – HEART RATE
Fitbit Charge is a heart rate monitor and activity tracker wristband with a scrolling OLED display, the highest model in wristband range from Fitbit second only to Fitbit Surge, a performance wrist watch.
- PurePulse Heart Rate continuous monitor
- All Day Activity tracks workouts, steps, distance, calories burned, floor climbed and time
- Caller ID and Watch with daily stats and time on OLED display
- Track Exercise; record workouts and real time exercise stats and summaries
- Battery Life: over 5 days
- Monitor Sleep automatically and set a silent alarm
- Sync Wirelessly and automatically to smartphone and computer
CML Rating: (4.5 / 5)
Also see Fitbit Flex at the bottom of the article
The Polar Loop lets you track your daily activities using motion analysis technology. You can set targets for yourself by choosing the different levels of activity from low to high intensities and work towards them.
- Steps and distance monitor
- Inactivity alert with vibration to get up after 55 minutes of sitting and add active break to daily routines
- Activity goals offers practical guides for reaching daily goals, break up activities into five intensity levels; resting, sitting, low, medium and high
- Track calories burned based on personal data; weight, height, age, gender and intensity of physical activity
- Smart coaching offers activity guide to reach daily goals, activity benefit for feedback on daily, weekly and monthly activity, smart calories to show calories burned, training benefit for motivating feedback.
- Automatically tracks sleep time and quality and gain insight to sleeping patterns in Polar Flow web service and app
- Battery Life: up to 8 days
- Smart notifications for incoming calls, messages and calendar reminders
- Can be paired with heart rate monitor Polar H7: for energy pointer in smart coach for help to get into shape and current heart rate.
CML Rating: (4 / 5)
Also see Polar Loop at the bottom of this article.
For the fashion conscious, here is the fitness tracking wristband designed with style. Designed to look more like a piece of jewellery or accessory, the Jawbone UP series hides the fact that it is a piece of fitness tech very well. The step counter works together with the UP app (iOS and Android to show you if you have reached your goals, motivates you to perform better, compares your performance to other users (the UP community) and track your history.
It also monitors your sleep and tells you how much deep sleep you had in the night and how long you’ve slept for. The wristband can be set to vibrate as a wake up alarm.
- Heart Health – advanced bioimpedance sensors automatically track your Resting Heart Rate and Passive Heart Rate for a complete picture of heart health
- Advanced Activity tracker – monitor steps, exercise and overall calories burned throughout the day
- Advanced Sleep – automatically track your sleep stages—Wake, REM, Light, and Deep. Using this data, Smart Coach gives you suggestions to maximize your sleep and improve the quality of your days
- Food Logging – log your meals and track calories in no time with the UP® barcode scanner, restaurant menu search and food database
- Smart Coach – motivation and personalized insights you need to reach your goals. It gets smarter over time as gets to know the wearer and offers insight and tips
- Battery Life: up to 7 days
- Splash-proof – do not submerge in water
- Sync wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart for real-time progress report.
CML Rating: (4 / 5)
OTHER FITNESS & ACTIVITY TRACKER WRISTBANDS
FuelBand lets you measure all sorts of activities from your morning workout to your big night out. It does this by measuring whole body movement and uses its own NikeFuel metric (NikeFuel Rate, NikeFuel earned per session) and it calculates not only how much you moved, but also how often and how intense. There is a move reminder and insights on the app to let you know how you are doing as well as connect and share your progress with friends, create and join groups, set a challenge or goal and work on this together to see how gets to the top on the leaderboard. Instead of badges, you collect Nike+ trophies and reach celebratory milestones.
- Measures your daily activity (walking, running, dancing, basketball and other activities)
- Step counter, monitor calories burned
- Set your daily goal and track your progress through the day (red to green indicator)
- LED lights up from red to green to indicate that you have achieved your daily goal
- Wirelessly sync to Nike + FuelBand app for iOS devices via Bluetooth
- Water resistant and ambient light sensor of automatic brightness
- Includes USB charging cable, charging stand and sizing tool
- Colours Available: Volt, PinkFoil, Total Crimson and Black
One of the affordable fitness tracker, the Fitburg Orb syncs with KiK, your personal digital coach that lets you set weekly step targets, reminders and event sends you encouragements, The device works by sending daily activity stats wirelessly to the Fitbug app. Available in Black, Pink and White.
Sony Smartband works with Lifelog Android App (Android 4.4 or later) to track your daily activity. Yes, not just your fitness and health activities but your social and entertainment life as well. It also notifies you of incoming call and message through vibration alert and lets you ‘bookmark’ special moments in your day by pressing the Life Bookmark key. The device is waterproof (IPS58 rated) and also works as a media remote (tap function).
- Lifelog app and Sony SmartBand tracks not only your physical activity but your social and entertainment moments as well. It tracks where you have been, what pictures you took, where, when and how you communicate with your world.
- Steps counter (running or walking), calculate speed,
- Sleep monitor (sleep pattern), monitor body movements and calculates and measures the best time to wake you up
- Wake up alarm (silent vibration)
- Set daily goals, monitor your progress and challenge yourself to perform better.
- 3 LED indicator lights up to show that the SmartBand is active
- Bluetooth Sync and NFC pairing, Micro USB for charging
- Three pack colour wrist straps are available as option[Red/Blue/Black – DarkGreen/LightPink/White – Purple/Yellow/Pink ]
Also see Smart Band 2 with pulse monitor, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), movements and sleep quality.
Typical features; steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled are all logged on the band. When you go to sleep, it monitors and breaks down your sleep pattern. As with all the other Fitness wristbands featured here, you can set goals (targets) even for steps, exercise, calories burned, distance and even sleep on the device.
There is also a dedicated exercise mode and an alarm to notify you if you haven’t moved for a while. Syncing via Bluetooth with a smartphone it also pulls weather information which is quite neat.
PREVIOUS GENERATION WRISTBANDS
Here are some of the best previous generation fitness and activity tracking wristbands that are still in the market today.
The Garmin Vivofit Wireless Fitness Wrist Band and Activity Monitor is a stylist, lightweight, comfortable and waterproof (50m) health watchband with over 1 year battery life.
- Steps taken, Distance travelled, Calories burned and Activity Tracker
- Goal countdown
- Inactivity alert (learn your activity level) with red bars appearing if you sit still for too long
- Monitors your sleep
- Online dashboard
- Battery life over 1 year
- Colours available: Black, Blue, Purple, Slate, Teal
Assigns a personalised daily goal and monitor your progress, reminds you to move – the longer you are inactive, the more red bars appear). Wirelessly sync Vivofit with Garmin Connect, a free on-line fitness community portal. The online dashboard shows your progress and allows you to track your activity between training sessions. Garmin Connect mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices.
Also available Vivofit with Heart Rate Monitor, the Vivofit can be paired with a heart rate monitor (available to purchase separately) for use when you are taking part in fitness activities.
Here is a rather conventional looking wristband in a typical watch profile minus the digital or analogue clock face. Instead, you get a shiny metal disc made from air craft grade aluminium with LED indicators arranged in a circular fashion. The Shine tracks your daily steps, calories used during sports such as swimming, cycling, running and football. Available in Black, Topaz, Champagne and Chrome. Removable from the rubber wrist band, you can also attach this to a necklace as a fashion accessory
- Tells the time
- Calculate steps, distance travelled, calories burned and sleep monitor (light, deep)
- Activity tracker (cycling, swimming, scoccer, tennis)
- Water resistant to 50 m
- Syncs via Bluetooth to Shine app (iOS and Android) where you can set goals, view stats, trends and insights
- Battery life 4 months (coin cell battery)
This is a straight forward wristband with no screen but has a series of LED indicator. It records the steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. It record the active minutes as well as the sleep hours including the quality of your sleep. You can also set a silent wake alarm to when you are ready to get up and start your day. The band is water resistant so you can take it outdoor. Use the online and mobile tool to set and track your goals as well as interact with others and see how you perform on a leader-board.
- step counter, distance, calories burned and active minutes
- monitor how long and how well you sleep
- silent wake alarm
- LED lights show your daily progress against your goals (also notifications and milestones)
- Set goals, view progress and earn badges. Share and compete with your friends
- Syncs automatically via Bluetooth with mobile devices and computer
- Log food, weight, and more on Fitbit website (dashboard) or apps (iOS and Android)
- NFC enabled, launches Fitbit app by tapping (Android only)
- Colours available: black, slate, lime, navy blue, pink, teal and violet.
Fitbit Flex also works with other fitness apps, Sparkpeople, LoseIt!, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, Runkeeper and Endomondo. Supplied with the actual Flex tracker, one small and one large wristband, charging cable, wireless USB dongle and Fitbit account. You can buy three pack accessory bands in teal, tangerine and navy.
- Tells the time
- Steps counter, distance traveled, calories burned, monitor quality of sleep (restful, restless and percentage restful)
- Rest, sitting and daily activities tracker
- Inactivity alert with Polar Flow mobile app (iOS and Android)
- Syncs to Polar Flow mobile app via Bluetooth or custom USB cable
- Keeps 12 days of activity data
- Waterproof for swimming
- Provides guidance and motivation, Training Diary on Polar Flow web service and app
- Battery life: 5 days (rechargeable with USB cable included)
- Accessory: H6 and H7 Bluetooth heart rate sensor
Available in three sizes; small, medium and large and in three colours; Onyx Black, Mint Green and Bright Blue, it does have a certain appeal in its design.
- Track your activities: track distance, steps, calories burned, time spend active vs idle
- Track your sleep (light vs deep sleep)
- Log your food and water intake, take photo of your food, scan a barcode, browse UP gallery or search the database to help track your calories, fats, carbohydrates, protein, sugar, fiber and sodium intake.
- Set daily goals, and work towards this, tracking your progress over time.
- Wake alarm and Idle alerts
- App also provides insight, tips and help to achieve your goals.
- Battery Life: 10 days
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