Lately, it seems like no outfit is complete without a wearable fitness tracker. With sleek designs and bright colors, the latest and greatest in self-quantifying technology are making their presence known on arms everywhere. Interested in joining the fitness-tracking pack? We've rounded up eight of the most popular fitness trackers — including the new Nike+ FuelBand SE, Jawbone Up, Larklife, BodyMedia Fit LINK, and Fitbit Force — to help you compare features and prices. Read on to find the right fit for you!
Most of us already know that tracking your food intake is an important aspect of a weight-loss plan, but tracking overall daily health and fitness is also important, even if you don't want to drop pounds. That could be the reason why so many fitness trackers are available for you to choose from; the Nike Fuel Band, Larklife, Fitbit, and Jawbone Up, for example, are all popular fitness gadgets equipped with accelerometers and sensors to track you all day (and night) long. Here's why these trackers can be a good aid for anyone wanting to live healthier.
- You can see your fitness holes: It's one thing to have a sense of how healthy you are, but it's another thing to see the numbers. Many fitness trackers can record your steps, calories burned, and sleep, so if you're not meeting your goals in one or more of those categories, you'll be able to see it in no time. Fitness trackers force you to be aware of your fitness shortcomings so you can modify habits as necessary.
- You can track your progress: Investing in a fitness tracker forces you to think about what you'd like to get out of your workout routine. Many trackers allow you to add goals — like steps per day or calories burned — so you can keep tabs on whether or not you are progressing. It's nice to have numbers backing up just how much more fit and active you've been feeling and to use as a basis for future goals.
- You can push yourself safely: Listening to your body is the best way to know your limits, but having extra help doesn't hurt. Many fitness trackers compile the data they collect from your daily habits to show you trends over time. That means that if you find that you're being too sedentary on your nonworkout days or that you aren't burning as many calories as you thought in yoga class, you'll be armed with the information you need to modify your workout routine or your daily activity habits.
At this year's CES, there was no shortage of heart-rate, exercise, and diet gizmos demoing just in time for everyone's get fit for 2013 New Year's resolutions. We wandered the South Hall show floor, looking for the most innovative health devices the tech world has to offer. Take a look at the fitness bands, scales, watches, pedometers, and orbs (yes, actual orbs) of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.
After months of rain, sleet, and snow, Spring is just around the corner! And while I am especially happy to see the sunshine, this change in weather is going to make my New Year's resolution that much easier to achieve. Throw in a couple of gadgets to appeal to my geeky tendencies and suddenly, it's not work at all. Here are my picks that will have you running, lunging, and swimming your way right into Spring.
Although I think healthy living is often about simplifying things, I still love techy health gadgets. If you're a health nut like me, you probably wonder everyday if you've gotten enough sleep or how many calories you burned on your morning jog. Most fitness gadgets only monitor your workouts, but the Fitbit ($99) keeps tabs on your sleep too. So it keeps track of you day and night.
It contains a motion sensor like the ones found in a Nike+ Sports Kit or the Nintendo Wii. The Fitbit measures the duration and intensity of your walks or runs, how many calories you've burned, the number of steps you've taken, and distance you've traveled each day. It also monitors your bedtime habits by tracking how long it took you to fall asleep, the number of times you woke up during the night, and how long you were actually asleep. It has a small blue OLED display that shows your steps, calories, distance, and overall activity level. Interested in more details? Then read more