Let’s talk fitness tracking devices for a moment. Do you use one for monitoring during exercise or even throughout your day? With the ever-changing tech landscape, these fitness devices are getting more and more intelligent to the point that they know you better than you know yourself!
I use a women’s pink polar heart rate monitor which I LOVE! I’ve had it for five years now and actually just replaced the batteries for the first time last month. But I will tell you frankly, heart rate monitors can be quite annoying at times too. Check out the situation below, ever happened to you?
It’s workout day, but you are so not in the mood. You strap on your watch and start working out. 20 minutes into your workout you are hot, irritated and feel like you’ve been working out for an hour. Every dumbbell lift or squat feels like the hardest thing in the world, only to discover upon looking at your heart rate monitor that your monitor has not jumped to over 50% and you’ve only burned a stinking 50 calories. What a jip!
The above is a situation I find myself in at least once a week. Not to mention that I’m 125 lbs so if I want to burn something as simple as 300 calories in an hour I either need to workout above 75% of my heart rate a good majority of the hour or workout for 90 minutes. Neither ideal solutions.
Point being, fitness devices force you to perform at your best. They set expectations for you and if you don’t live up to them they let you know it. What better way to motivate yourself than that? Whats also great is it’s black and white. You can’t fall into that situation that many people do of overestimating how many calories you’ve burned or how hard your working.
As I’ve been doing some research for my next fitness tracker, below are a few of the top monitors I’ve been looking into that won’t break the bank.
Polar FT4o Women’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch – ($100) – This is the new version of my current one. It tracks heart rate letting you know if you are in a fat burning range, total calories burned during workouts, weekly workouts, and lets you know if you are improving your fitness over time.
FitBit Flex – ($100) The best feature about this tracker is that its more flexible than it’s competitors and since you are wearing it 24/7 that’s definitely something to consider. Not to mention its price point it a bit better than the 2 mentioned below. The FitBit syncs up to IOS and Android operating systems. This monitor tracks your sleep patterns, steps and calories. What’s additionally cool is Fitbit’s platform gives plenty ways to analyze your stats.
Jawbone – ($130)- This fitness device comes in multiple colors and is thin like a bracelet. You wear the band all day and all night and it tracks how active or inactive you are, how many steps you’ve walked, calories burned, and even monitors you sleeping pattern letting you know how long it takes you to fall asleep. It also syncs up to your computer or an iphone app.
Nike Fuel Band ($150) – Worn 24/7 this band tracks your calories, steps, and sleep patterns. It also has LED changing colors to show you how your progressing in terms of activity throughout the day. Sync it up with your smart phone and it’ll analyze your day-to-day so you can get a good idea over time when you’re most active/inactive.
Tried out any of these? Swear by one not on the list? I’d love to hear your reviews…
Written by Kimberly Evans