A Roundup of the Best of Fitness Tracking Wristbands

Fitness Tracking Wristbands

Did you commit to be fit in 2015? If so, there are a number of high-tech fitness tracking wristbands that monitor your activities, making it easier identify areas for improvement and achieve your fitness goals. Here are a few of the most popular.

FitBit Flex – $100

Available in a rainbow of colors—from basic black to vibrant orange—this stylish wristband is adjustable and measures:

  • Number of steps
  • Total distance
  • Calories burned
  • Sleep quality

Create a fitness plan online and sync your stats wirelessly to see real-time progress. Subtle lights let you know how you are doing. It even packs a silent alarm clock to wake you up in the morning.

Some people like the fact that this high-tech gadget doesn’t have a screen, making it more fashionable; others, however, want to see their stats at a glance rather than viewing data from a smart phone or computer.

Nike+ FuelBand – $149

Connect with your peers in the Nike+ community using this wristband and receive motivational reminders to stay active. It can also be used as a watch. Featuring technology compatible with both Android and iPhone devices, it measures:

  • Number of steps
  • Workout intensity
  • Sleep quality
  • Calories Burned
  • NikeFuel

The FuelBand is not adjustable but it comes with two links and a sizing tool to customize the fit, which gives it a sleeker appearance than the FitBit. If your arm falls between one of the three sizes though, it might not be as comfortable.

Fitbug Orb – $50 + accessories

The most versatile and least expensive of these devices, the Fitbug Orb can be worn on a lanyard or key fob—both of which are included—or on a wristband available for an additional $15. Waistband clips are also available. While the choice of ways to wear the Fitbug Orb is a selling point for many people, it could be a hazard for those who are prone to forget or lose things. It tracks:

  • Number of steps
  • Hours slept
  • Calories burned

This device also comes with a digital coach that offers motivation to meet goals and calculates personalized targets for food, activity and sleep.

Utilizing the technology offered on any of these wristbands allows you to quickly quantify daily activities and stay motivated to meet your goals. Have you used any fitness tracking devices before? Let us know what you like and dislike about them.
Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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