December 12th, 2016
With the holiday season upon us, you may find yourself in the gift giving spirit. Fitness trackers are a huge item on a lot of wish lists. Even if it isn’t on a wish list, fitness trackers can help keep up with your fitness New Year’s resolutions. This wellness blog will give you some information about some of the trackers on the market, as well as how to use trackers in your workplace.
A Time Magazine article reported that one out of five Americans owns some sort of fitness tracking device. Personally, I use my Apple watch to monitor how active I am being every day. It gives me reminders to stand up, walk around, and even to breathe!
With that being said, here are five fitness trackers (in no particular order) to consider this holiday season:
1. Misfit Flash Link, $19.99:
The Misfit Flash Link is a fitness tracker that you can clip anywhere! With an accompanying smart-phone app, this device is said to be able to track steps, cycling, yoga, dance, and a variety of different sports. It is even water resistant! Most websites have this tracker rated as a great device for entry level users. To find out more about the Misfit Flash Link and to purchase one, please visit this link.
2. Fitbit Charge 2, $149.99:
The Fitbit Charge 2 is a wearable fitness tracker - and the top seller of all the Fitbit trackers. This device monitors heart rate, tracks your movements on GPS when connected to a smartphone, and can even give personalized assessments on how your health is progressing. You can also view call, calendar, and texts alerts from the watch face! To find out more about the Fitbit Charge 2 and to order it, click this link!
3. Garmin Vivofit 3, $79.99:
Garmin’s Vivofit 3 is a fitness tracker that comes equipped with a battery that supposedly lasts for over one year. This wearable tracker fits around your wrist, and tracks steps, calories burned, workout intensity level, and sleep. This tracker will also let you know when you are being inactive, giving you a gentle reminder to get up and walk around. To learn more about the Garmin VivoFit 3 and to purchase one, please click this link.
4. Fitbit Alta: $129.95
The Alta is another great offering from Fitbit. This device tracks steps, calories burned, activity level, active minutes, as well as sedentary time. It also can detect when the wearer is asleep, tracking hours of sleep and sleep quality. They also offer a number of bands, allowing the style of the device to be easily changed. When connected to your smartphone, this device allows you to view your call, text, and calendar alerts. To learn more about the Fitbit Alta, click this link.
5. Mio Fuse: $99.00
If you’re looking for durability in a fitness tracker, the Mio Fuse may be a good option. It is made out of silicon and waterproof up to 30 M. This device also keeps track of vital information like heart rate, steps and distance, calories burned, and pace of the workout. This device connects to your smartphone and has an app that allows you to customize your own activity goals. To learn more about the Mio Fuse, check out this link.
If you work in a department where multiple people have fitness trackers, start a friendly competition amongst each other! Log basic things like steps, calories burned, and challenge each other to do more. Provide incentives for top performers with some cool prizes for their hard work. You can also look into pedometers as staff or participant incentives, to do step challenges. You can even use fitness trackers a prizes for these types of challenges.
It’s safe to say that fitness trackers are here to stay. Although having one does not automatically mean that you will become healthier, I think that the information they provide can be extremely useful. I hope this blog has given you insight on some of the available options!
Until next time,