The latest trend in super cool fitness gear has got to be the fitness tracker. Everywhere you look, people are wearing their new Fitbit or Jawbone. Counting steps, calories, or miles has never been easier or more fun for those who are tech savvy and love their gadgets. When you walk into your local fitness store, you may be overwhelmed by the number of choices you have when it comes to fitness trackers.
With so many on the market, it's hard to know which one will give you the most for your dollar. In this article we will outline the top fitness trackers for women and give you all the details you need to make an informed decision when choosing the fitness tracker that best suits your needs.
Fitbit Charge HR
First up is the most popular option on the market, the Fitbit Charge HR. This option tends to give you a more precise accounting of your daily activities because it is continuously taking readings of your heart rate. It also sports an OLED readout that not only shows you your daily activity counts but doubles as a caller ID, posting numbers from your smart phone. With a sleek look and a plethora of colors to choose from, the Fitbit Charge HR is not only functional it pairs well with any outfit.
Sporting built in sensors and amazing colors, the Runtastic Orbit activity tracker is a great choice for runners. As an added bonus, the band works with the Runtastic app and shows all of the stats from your run directly on the face of your tracker. Users say they love the fit of the band. It's comfortable but fits snuggly and feels natural on your wrist. The Orbit not only tracks your activities during the day, it also tracks your sleep at night. Knowing more about your sleep habits can help you get better rest and improve your performance.
If you're looking for a fitness tracker that is reliable, affordably priced, and is great for both fitness tracking as well as sports, then the Garmin Vivoactive is the way to go. This tracker uses GPS technology to track your route, pace and distance. Are you an avid golfer? The Garmin Vivoactive also boasts tracking for 38,000 courses. The Garmin is a great accountability partner. It will actually encourage you to get up and move if you've been stationary for too long. Don't want to carry your smart phone while you're working out? No worries, The Vivoactive pairs with your smart phone to deliver your text messages, tweets, calls...whatever comes to your smart phone goes to your Garmin. Who wouldn't love that?
The Basis Peak is the most accurate tracker that uses continuous heart rate monitoring technology. The Peak also monitors your sleep cycles and gives you your stats. Sometimes referred to as a "smart watch", the Basis Peak pairs with your smart phone and notifies you when you receive texts, calls, or emails. Colorful accessory straps allow you to pair your device with your favorite outfits.
Sony Smart Band Talk
The Sony Smart Band Talk not only tracks your basic fitness activity stats, it also tracks speed and altitude; great for those of you who love climbing. The thin, sleek design makes it light and easy to wear. This device also has built-in voice controls that allow you to make calls right from your band. When paired with your Sony Lifelog app on your Android device, you can view all of your workout stats in one convenient place.
The Jawbone Up Series
Lastly, the Jawbone Up is one of the hottest fitness trackers on the market with four versions to choose from. Starting price is $99 and for that, you get some amazing features including sleep tracking, food logging, and smart coach capabilities. The smart coach actually analyzes your personal data and caters the insights and tips to your specific needs. Probably the best part of the Jawbone is the fact that the battery lasts up to one full week per charge!
Whether you're an avid, runner, golfer, swimmer, or climber, there is something for everyone. Prices for these featured fitness trackers range anywhere from $99 to $250, so there is definitely something that is right for you. Finding the right tracker for your needs can make all the difference in your workouts and overall progress, so take the time to do your research before you buy.