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You may be wondering what a fitness tracker has to do with RV travel. Healthy living and regular exercise are among the keys for a happier, more fulfilling life. No matter your lifestyle, keeping track of your daily movement is integral to a well-balanced fitness routine.
In this review, I’ll show you the ins and outs of choosing the right fitness tracker for your personal needs.
Fitness trackers, also known as activity trackers have been around since the early 2000s, Prior to that, wearable heart rate monitors became a reality in 1981. Evolving from early pedometers, activity tractors not only count your steps, but now also track heart rate, sleep patterns and calculate the number of calories expended.
Fitbit began in 2009 as a clip-on activity monitor and has morphed into wearable trackers in the form of fashionable jewelry.
Fitbit is not your Grandma’s Pedometer
Choosing from a minimal display size to a 1.3 by 0.8 inches OLED display, makes Fitbit trackers fit for every fitness need.
There are several trackers available on the market today. The choices are abundant. This article is about Fitbit products.
Easily track your active minutes, calories, distance, steps, heart rate and sleep patterns. Some versions, such as the Charge 2, also offer guided breathing exercise mode for gentle recovery after exercise or after a strenuous work day.
Fitbit Flex 2 – Low Price But Packs a Punch
Fitbit Activity Trackers range in price from $58.95 for the Fitbit Flex 2
This slim band tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. This tracker can go in the swimming pool with you or in the ocean or the shower. The Fitbit Flex 2 is a tracker that can be removed from the band and comes with SmartTrack that recognizes your particular workout and records the data in your Fitbit app. You can get call and text notifications, along with sleep tracking as well.
Fitbit Charge HR
The Fitbit Charge HR is reasonably priced at around $79.99. This tracking device syncs easily and wirelessly to tablets, computers, smartphones and over 150 iOS devices. Syncing range is 20 feet and requires an internet connection, USB port and Bluetooth.
The Charge HR is sweat, rain and splash proof, but not waterproof.
*Warning: Do not use if you have pacemaker or other internal or implanted medical device.
Fitbit Alta HR
The slim, attractive design of the Fitbit Alta HR is priced at approximately $148.95.
This is not your typical tracker. With continuous heart rate monitoring, you can also measure calorie burn and utilize workout zones to determine the best intensity for your fitness routine.
The Fitbit Alta HR automatically tracks sleep time in light sleep and REM sleep.
As with the other fitness trackers, you can also sync your daily stats to your computer smart phone tablet or iOS devices. Track your steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes and even customize your clock face and tap the screen to bring up your stats.
Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate & Fitness Band
This is my personal favorite and the tracker I wear all day, every day. The Fitbit Charge 2 has continues, automatic heart rate monitoring to maximize calories burned all day. Somewhat wider than the Fitbit Alta HR, this tracker sports a larger face for greater visibility.
The OLED screen, not only gives you all the requisite stats, but you can also see calls, texts and calendar notifications. Easily monitor your sleep patterns and understand your fitness level with personalized Cardio Fitness Score, along with connected GPS with pace and status of your run.
Track your all-day-activity including steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. Set your tracker to receive notifications to move with a slight vibration and on-screen notification.
One feature I thoroughly enjoy is personalized guided breathing sessions to help you find calm and recover more fully from strenuous exercise routines.
Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch
This is the newest and the brightest of Fitbit products. The Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch is, by far, the most complete Fitbit on the market. At a price of $298.95, you get a lot of technology strapped to your wrist.
Along with the benefits of the Fitbit Charge 2, the Ionic Smartwatch also gives you personalized workouts with step-by-step coaching, right from your wrist. You can store and play approximately 300 songs, plus download playlists from Pandora.
The built-in GPS will track your pace, distance, routes, all with continuous heart rate monitoring. An added bonus is the ability to access your favorite apps for sports, weather and even make payments with the built-in NFC chip.
Effortlessly track workouts, all day activity and sleep patterns. Also, track steps, distance, calories burned, time and weight. Set goals and connect with others in the Fitbit app for greater accountability.
The larger face, increased pixels and amplified brightness will give you a clear view of your fitness goals and accomplishments.
While none of these fitness trackers can force you to get in better shape or maintain your fitness level, having a coach on your wrist is a great way to keep moving and stay motivated.
My Fitbit Charge 2 leaves my wrist only when it needs charging, which is approximately every four days, or when I’m showering. I have mine set to notify me of calls and texts from my smart phone and to gently remind me to get up and move.
Fitness trackers, no matter the brand, can help keep you mindful of your fitness needs and goals.
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