By Diana Zelikman, Fueled
As spring turns into summer, getting in shape is something that’s on all of our minds. Gym memberships are renewed and group fitness programs are started.
This summer, we want to do something a bit different. We want to track our fitness, see how we can improve it and see how we can maintain it during the cooler months of winter. And as our readers, you get to benefit from this! We’ve found our top five fitness trackers and have profiled them below for you to pick out which one will best suit your needs.
About to launch this summer, Moov is a new fitness tracker like no other. After a decade of research, the founders are ready to enter into the market. Moov is a real-time fitness tracker and coach. You wear several bands around your wrists, biceps or ankles, depending on what you want to monitor and then you begin your exercise.
What’s different about Moov though, is that you not only get data at the end of your exercise but you’re also ‘coached’ during your exercise. The feedback is given directly to the app via Siri on iOS devices. The Moov bands provide data, which in turn tells you what you need to improve immediately. It’s the best app for those who like running, have suffered an injury, and those that need to get back to a specific fitness level. We give it a five-star rating and you can pre-order it now for USD$69.95.
Basis B1 Band
This fitness tracker is designed for the goal-orientated athlete in mind. The Basis B1 band will encourage you to improve each time you use it through the completion of habits. It will continue to up the ante as you meet each of these goals. You can also see your stats by linking your band with the web interface to see where patterns are emerging and quickly identify what you should improve on first.
It can also track your sleep patterns as well as your heart rate. It can be a bit bulky for a smaller wrist and doesn’t have an alarm clock – but you don’t really need it for that. It’s currently USD$199 on Amazon.
Atlas Wearables is a slim device that uses accelerometers and a heart rate sensor to track both your movements and the amount of sets and reps of each exercise that you do. It will also measure the amount of vigor you complete each of these exercises with. It sits on your wrist and is preloaded with popular exercises but you can also teach it new ones, so you can map your own personal progress against the exercises that matter to you.
This is one of the simplest fitness trackers around. It has no fancy display screen and is designed to track what you need it to, such as sleep cycles and daily fitness activity. The Fitbug Orb is small and compact, allowing it to be worn on your wrist or on a belt. Once you connect it to the iOS or Android app, you’re good to go.
You have three options of sending the data to the app from your Orb, Push, Beacon, or Stream. Push allows you to manually send the data by pushing the button once on the Orb. Beacon is activated via the app and will transmit your data at 15, 30, 45, or 60-minute intervals, and the Stream function will constantly send your data to the app. At just USD$49, it’s a good fitness tracker for someone that just wants to ensure that they exercise daily.
To make working out easier, Jamo turns your iPhone into the controller. This app is for those that prefer to dance their way to fitness. Modelled loosely on the dance games on both Wii and Playstation, your iPhone will monitor how well you’re doing and let you know while you’re following along.
Once you’ve mastered all the routines, you can create your own. The app itself is free, but you’ll need to purchase the case that stops your iPhone from flying across the room!