When it comes to fitness, we have a long way to go in America. With less than 5% of adults participating in 30 minutes of physical activity each day, now is the time to set goals for the New Year and improve this statistic as we head into 2017. The percentage of obesity rates in America have doubled since the 1970s, which means that we need to turn trends around – and fast.
That’s why I love what smart wearables has done, with Fitbit leading the way. While it’s still early to measure the impact of wearables on health and fitness (they’ve really only hit mainstream in the last few years), I’m confident that 2017 will be the year we see smart wearables like Fitbit really impacting fitness and behavior of those who need it most, while helping support those who are already fit and pushing them to hit their lifestyle goals.
So, what are smart wearables and Fitbit?
Smart wearables typically come in the form of smart watches. They all track various body metrics like steps, calorie counts, miles run, distance swam, and more. Smart wearables and watches are all different in nature, with some wearables offering more advanced metrics like heart rate and sleep monitoring. There’s a wide variety of options on the market, and getting the right one depends on your lifestyle and goals.
Fitbit is the leader in the fitness wearable space. With a line-up of seven smart wearables, Fitbit’s offering is sure to have something for everyone, including you.
Why you need it…
Whether you’re looking to up your fitness game or you’re just starting to get into a routine at the gym, wearables will help you along the way. Having stats in real time pushed to your phone will push you to hit your goals (think: step counts, calories measured, miles cycled, etc.)
Plus, some of the wearables (especially from Fitbit!) just look great. I have my wearable on my wrist every single day, and I’m constantly being asked what I use and where to get it.
The cost of wearables from Fitbit varies depending the model you like with a range of about $60 on up to about $200. I’ve included associated costs with all wearables outlined below.
If you’re in the market for a smart wearable to fuel your fitness game in the New Year, check out my recommendations from Fitbit below.
Best Fitness Tracker That Keeps Hidden
Sometimes we just don’t want to wear something on our wrist. While I love my wearable and wear it proudly on my wrist with dresses, skirts and, of course, exercise clothing, I understand and appreciate that others might not have the same sentiment. That’s exactly why Fitbit set out to create the Zip, a discreet wearable that is ideal for users who want to keep their device hidden from time to time.
It’s fantastic for beginners, as it is simple, discreet, and tracks the basics – like steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. Plus, it’s not a watch, which means that it attaches to your clothing, or can fit in your pocket. As many wearable users have shared, they’re not always looking for a large watch display to wear. This is a great product for people who casually want to track their fitness goals without the sporty fashion statement.
- Tracks all-day activity
- Features a large tap display
- Replaceable battery lasts up to six months
The Fitbit Zip is priced at $59.95.
Also great hidden fitness trackers:
Best Entry Level Wrist Wearable
If you’re a beginner to the smart wearable scene, you’re likely looking for a smart watch that has the base level features at a price that suits your lifestyle; because, if you’re a beginner with anything, really, you’re likely not looking to shell out a couple hundred dollars on a new wearable right away. After all, you likely want to test it out and determine for yourself if a wearable is actually for you.
The One is a step above the Zip in that it tracks more, though beginners might be interested in this device too. The major difference between the two is that the One tracks sleep accurately, and instead of a replaceable battery, the One has a rechargeable battery with a life of 14 days. It also logs food and records workouts, making it a wearable for the fitness lover, too.
- Set sleep goals and review sleep quality
- Log food with a barcode scanner
- See your daily progress through charts and graphs
The Fitbit One is priced at $99.99.
Also great for beginners:
Best For Swimmers
I’ve shared in various posts my love for fitness and, recently, I started taking up triathlons. When I trained for my first race, swimming was something I knew I needed to work on. In my first triathlon, I didn’t use a wearable, but in my second, I knew exactly what I needed – something that would accurately track distance swam and my time per yard or meter. I had read so many reviews on wearables that did not accurately track distance, so I needed to do my research on what I needed and what would work for me.
I came across the Fitbit Flex 2 along the way, and I would highly recommend this product for swimmers. In addition to tracking activity and sleep, the Flex 2 tracks swimming automatically, and allows you to see your exercise summary in the Fitbit app. It’s an added bonus that it’s waterproof too (obviously!), but you’d be surprised at how many wearables aren’t.
- Water resistant and tracks stats for swimmers
- Automatically track activities like running and other workouts
- Tracks sleep time and sleep quality
The Fitbit Flex 2 is priced at $199.95.
Also great for swimmers:
Best For Everyday Fitness Tracking
So you want a fitness wearable to have on your wrist everyday, but you don’t want it to be huge; so huge that it gets in the way, right? Yet, you want something big enough to display simple things like the time and activity, but also calls, texts and calendar alerts?
Here’s where the Alta comes in. The Alta truly packs a punch, as it does it all; it tracks your activity, gives you reminders to move, tracks sleep and ensures you’ll never miss a notification. After all, you don’t want to miss a text from the Mrs., right?
Bonus: You can easily customize your wearable, as you can interchange bands to have it match your outfit of choice.
- Choose from a variety of clock faces
- Wake-up peacefully with automatic buzzing when you need to get out of bed
- Allows you to log food and monitor workouts
The Fitbit Alta is priced at $139.95.
Also great for everyday fitness tracking:
Best For Budding Athletes Training for Their Next Race
It’s about that time of the year when we plan ahead for 2017 – whether it’s running your very first 5 mile or preparing for your first marathon, it’s planning season, and Fitbit is ready.
It’s also that time when we discover what we need to help us achieve our goals, whether it’s brand new clothing for Christmas or wearables to ring in the New Year.
That’s why the Charge 2 is here, and it’s ready for your massive goals ahead. The Charge 2 tracks your heart rate continuously on your wrist, which will help you maximize workouts and better track your calorie burn. This means that you’ll get a clearer picture of your health, without needing a chest strap. It’s ideal for the budding athletes who are training for their next race.
- Heart rate tracking
- Multi-sport and GPS
- Call, text and calendar alerts on your watch
The Fitbit Charge 2 is priced at $179.95.
Also great for the budding athlete:
Best to Stay Stylish and Fit
If you’re looking for a fashionable piece of tech that has all the bells and whistles of a smart fitness tracker, there’s not a lot of choices out there. It’s also super important to find one that matches your lifestyle. Whether you work in a corporate office setting or a start-up (or maybe even your home office!) finding a smart wrist wearable that aligns with your day-to-day is important.
That’s why the wrist wearable you choose will need to combine the best accessory you need for fitness, with the look and feel that works best with your lifestyle.
The Fitbit Blaze is just that wearable for many. It provides stats and style for any location, with a variety of accessory bands and frames (like leather) to choose from. Plus, it provides all of the essentials you need from a wearable – sleep tracking, fitness tracking, notifications for calls and texts, GPS and more.
(This is the perfect Christmas gift for the professional in your life, who is also fascinated with tracking fitness).
- On-screen workout display, with accompanying desktop view
- Running, biking and cardio for multi-sport tracking
- GPS tracking for walking, running and more
The Fitbit Blaze is priced at $219.95.
Also great for staying stylish:
Best For The Marathoner
Finding a smart wearable to help you train for your first marathon can be a challenge. You need training program support, reliable GPS, notifications while you’re running and more. With so many hours on the pavement as you’re training for a marathon, it’s so important to find a product that is reliable, and will take you through every single minute of every single run.
That’s exactly what the Fitbit Surge does. The Surge lets you track every aspect of your training, and displays real-time stats as you’re running. After your run, it will give you recommendations for performance improvements, so you can track and optimize your next training session.
Bonus: Every runner loves Strava, and the Surge can automatically upload every single workout to Strava.
- Share workouts with your friends, so you can push yourself to train harder
- Log food and track sleep, giving you the full picture of your training
- Automatically sync every workout to your smartphone app
The Fitbit Surge is priced at $179.95.
Also great if you’re running a marathon:
Whether you’re tracking steps to simply get healthier, or maybe you’re running your very first marathon (hello, New Year Resolutions!) it’s important to find a smart wearable that works best for you. Fitbit has a great line of wearables that will do the trick for any lifestyle.
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