Updated 12/16/14. Americans in general are overweight. The carbs are killing us (infographic). From tech bloggers to celebrities to everyday joes, we need to get in shape and exercise is an essential part of slimming down. While it’s true that it’s easier than ever to be unhealthy thanks to fast food, processed food and decreased activity levels (in other words, watching too much TV), it’s also easier than ever to get in shape. Part of the struggle involved with getting and staying fit is getting motivated. Luckily there are some great companies and devices that can help you track your goals and keep your motivation up. So, what can you track with a fitness tracking device? It varies by company and product, but here’s a good starter list: speed, distance, heart rate, sleep, steps and calories burned.
The Microsoft Band gives you actionable insights for healthier living and works with iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile devices. Features guided workouts, 24-hour heart rate tracking, sleep tracking and GPS run mapping. Also includes email previews, calendar alerts, Microsoft Cortana (personal digital assistant) and a timer/alarm function. You can also see text messages and incoming calls. Works with myfitnesspal, RunKeeper and mapmyfitness.
The FitBit Surge is the ultimate fitness super watch with GPS tracking, PurePulse Heart Rate tracking, all-day activity monitoring, multi-sport support (running, cross training and cardio workouts, etc), long battery life, notifications, music control, auto sleep and alarms and wireless syncing.
The Misfit Shine is motivation at a glance. It allows you to set your goal, track your progress and view your friend’s accomplishments. Features automatic sleep monitoring, steps, calories and distance monitoring and a daily photo food journal (in app). Unlike other fitness trackers, you can wear it anywhere: wrist, shoes, waist, pocket, neck or elsewhere. Comes in a variety of fashionable colors.
The Jawbone Up3 bills itself as the world’s most advanced fitness tracker. Packed with state-of-the-art sensors to give you a full picture of your health. Measure heart rate, automatically log workouts and get an in-depth understanding of your sleep. Plus, it’s water-resistant and the battery charge lasts for a week.
Withings Pulse O2
The Withings Pulse O2 tracks steps, elevation, distance and calories. You can drop it in your pocket or bag or wear it on your wrist like a watch. Unlike other sensors, it features a heart ...