One of the bigger trends in electronics is fitness trackers. Some are as complex as smart watches, and others more simple. Some you wear on your wrist and others can be clipped on your belt like pedometers. There are a variety of fitness trackers out there. Most models have smart phone apps or fitness software so you can upload your data through Bluetooth. A GPS feature is going to cost you extra, and by extra I mean around a hundred dollars.
If you’re interested in a home try-on service Lumoid has a great trial service that even let’s you try the new Apple Watch (that’ll cost extra though). A link to that website can be found here. They even offer a quiz to help you find which wearable would work best for you.
Personally speaking, my friends and family are divided between FitBit and Jawbone. These seem to be two of the more popular ones that people are using these days and offer different things depending on which model you buy. One of the bigger reasons people pick between Jawbone and Fitbit is the Jawbone has a better sleep tracker and wakes you up when you aren’t in REM sleep, whereas Fitbit has an app that is more user friendly and allows you to compete with friends which you can see below.
The jawbone Upmove and the Fitness Zip are typical pedometers, but the data can be uploaded wirelessly to a fitness tracker app or software. My dad has the Fitbit Zip and seems to enjoy it, when he remembers to sync his steps everyday (looking at you dad!). I personally own the Fitbit Flex, although sometimes I wish I had held out and saved up a little more for the Charge HR because often I forget to send my Flex to sleep so it tracks when I am asleep. With the Charge HR it monitors your heart rate and knows when you are asleep without you having to “put it to sleep”. Likewise the Charge HR has more display options when synced with your phone.
Swimmers: For those of you who swim, some of these fitness trackers won’t monitor that activity and you have to be careful to make sure they are waterproof. Most recommend the Garmin Swim for price and capabilities, however there are complaints about the watch strap being a bit flimsy at times. A great breakdown of the Garmin Swim can be found here.
Runners: The general consensus is that the Fitbit Surge is preferable with it’s GPS capabilities and heartrate monitor, given the price it’s marketed at.
For comparison, Dick’s Sporting Goods has compiled a comparison chart that includes some of these models.