Top 5 Best Fitness Trackers for 2016
In our super-sized society, today’s focus is shifting to health and fitness. From interval training programs to running that 5K, we are beginning to put more thought into taking care of ourselves. Activity trackers are becoming an essential accessory for men and women as we all pursue this desire to be fit.
One of the most popular names in fitness trackers is Fitbit. Fitbit is a brand that seemed to rocket ahead of the pack and is still leading the fast-paced race of best device. Based on comparaboo.com, this brand takes honors with the top 3 spots going to its variety of models including Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Zip and Fitbit One. Similarly, consumersearch.com listed Fitbit One and Fitbit Flex as number 1 and 3 on its top 5 list. No matter how you slice it, this brand remains at the top of the fitness tracker pack.
Jawbone and Garmin
Two other brands repeatedly landed on the top of these hot pick lists. The Jawbone and Garmin labels are holding there own as contenders for the second spot. One of the most unique features offered by the Jawbone UP 24 is the ability to use a vibrating alarm to awaken you at the best point in your REM sleep cycle to ensure no grogginess. Another interesting sleep feature is the capability to program it for the proper power nap length. And who couldn’t use a better night’s sleep?
In terms of overall appeal, the Garmin Vivofit comes in a variety of colors and is priced on the lower end of the spectrum. Another convenient feature is the one year plus battery life. This model shows a moving bar that indicates inactivity so you know when you’ve been sedentary for too long.
Samsung Gear Fit Fitness Tracker and Basic Peak
Rounding out the final two ‘Top 5’ winners is the Samsung Gear Fit Fitness Tracker and Smartwatch and the Basis Peak. First, the Samsung comes with additional features held only by a smartwatch so you can easily maintain connectivity throughout your day and workout. It is designed with easy-to-use call rejection, quick replies and monitors your heart rate while linking with most any Samsung smartphone. This fitness tracker/smartwatch effectively motivates you based on your personalized goals.
Finally, the Basis Peak is another top contender. If the sporty-look of most all fitness trackers is not for you, then consider the sophistication of the Basis Peak. With a cognac leather strap, there is not doubt this elegant piece will not only track your sleep and monitor your heart rate, but will do it all in style. For this fashion-forward piece though, you will have to spend a little more as this model is one of the priciest pieces in the fitness tracking family at around $299.
Overall, before buying a fitness tracker decide what features matter most to you. Consider heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, battery life, goal setting motivation and the overall look/style of the piece. Here is a quick list to summarize the top 5 fitness trackers on the market:
1. Fitbit (Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Zip, Fitbit One, Fitbit Charge HR, Fitbit Charge)
2. Jawbone (Jawbone UP 24, Jawbone UP 3)
3. Garmin (Vivofit, Vivofit 2, Vivosmart)
4. Samsung Gear Fit Fitness Tracker and Smartwatch
5. Basis Peak