Fitness trackers are all the rage and you’ll spot them on the wrists of all kinds of people busy with all kinds of activities. But did you know that some of these little devices are jam-packed with some mighty cool features?
Most fitness trackers now come with excellent companion apps that enable a whole bunch of wow-worthy extras making these devices real must-haves. Here are a few of the more unique features found in some of the more sophisticated fitness trackers today.
Create and monitor your activity goals
Simply tracking your steps, distance walked, calories burned, and active time is only one part of the equation for a healthier lifestyle. It’s also important to set goals and measure your progress towards them. Several of the latest fitness devices help you do this either through their apps or online.
Essential health stats
In addition to the standard step, movement, and sleep tracking, fitness trackers can also help you keep tabs on a whole range of health-related data. While many devices offer continuous heart rate monitoring or measure your resting heart rate, some track other pretty nifty info as well.
The Fitbit Charge 2, for instance, rates VO2 Max - a scientific gauge of fitness, which measures the maximum volume of oxygen you can use during a workout. It also offers breathing training to combat stress.
The TomTom Touch meanwhile can analyse your muscle to fat ratio.
Jawbone UP3’s monitors your bpm, respiration rate, body temperature and galvanic skin response (the change in the electrical resistance of the skin caused by emotional stress). Plus, it can give you your REM, light and deep sleep stats.
Track your healthy habits
Did you stick to your diet today? Did you drink enough water? And did you take all your medication? Fitness trackers can make it easy to now keep track of these essential routines. A device like the Striiv Fusion2 makes it easy to track your day-to-day health habits - complete with timely reminders to take a swig of water or pop your pills. It also allows you to log your weight so you can monitor any changes - after all, studies show that people who weigh themselves often also tend to lose more weight.
With the Fitbit app, you can also keep track of what you eat and record of your calorie intake vs calories burned. Logging these activities can help you become more aware of your daily habits and encourage self-monitoring.
Compete with friends
Add fun to your fitness by competing with friends and family! With a Fitbit you can compete with a group of friends (up to 2,000!). The app tallies each person’s logged activities and ranks them on leader board each week. You can even cheer, taunt or message each other! This is also a great way to encourage each other and to stay motivated. Friends can be added from your contacts list, Facebook or email.
Advanced sports features
More of a serious sporty type? There are several fitness devices designed for you. For example, the Moov Now comes with a voice coach to push you through high intensity interval training to keep you in the right heart rate zone to melt away the calories. The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ meanwhile offers advanced heart rate monitoring and has a built-in GPS, so you can head out for a workout without your phone.
Call, text & app notifications
Further proving their worth beyond activity tracking, many of today’s fitness trackers also double up as smartwatches. In addition to telling the time, they can display incoming calls and allow you read text messages when your phone is out of reach, along with appointment reminders and notifications from your favourite apps.
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