A fitness tracker monitors your activity and other fitness metrics. These include distance traveled, calories burned and heart rate. Essentially, a fitness tracker is a wearable computer that tracks your fitness and keeps track of your progress. Here are some examples of the types of fitness trackers: Jawbone UP4, Fitbit Charge 5, and Fitbit Charge 2.
Fitbit Charge 5
The Fitbit Charge 5 as featured on Fitness Hub is the latest and greatest fitness tracker to come from the Fitbit family. It pairs with a 6-month Premium membership and connects the dots between your physical activity, sleep, and stress levels. You can even connect the dots between your mental health and your overall fitness with the Fitbit app.
The Charge 5 also features a daily readiness score that uses insights from your exercise, sleep, and heart rate variability to create a personalized score for you. This feature is not yet available in every locale, so make sure you subscribe to the Fitbit app if you want to use it. It can also alert you to whether or not you need to get in some extra exercise.
The Charge 5 also has a built-in electrodermal activity sensor (EDA), which was first introduced in Fitbit's Sense smartwatch. With this sensor, the Charge 5 can detect minute changes in sweat. It's also possible to see the amount of sweat triggered by various activities and how it changed over time. It also comes with a stress display, which allows you to monitor the levels of stress in your life.
Fitbit Charge 2
The Charge 2 looks very similar to its sister tracker, the Fitbit Alta, with a silicone band and rectangular OLED display in the center. On the side of the screen is a single button for monitoring your heart rate. The tracker is also equipped with a continuous optical heart rate monitor.
The Charge 2 is one of the most accurate fitness trackers, but there are still a few things we'd like to see improved. The screen is a bit tough to read in bright light, but it is responsive to touch commands and shows the time and distance traveled. It also offers useful information on calories burned, active minutes, and hourly step count.
The Charge 2 also has a heart rate sensor that records your heart rate at 1-second intervals during physical activity, and at 5-second intervals when you're just resting or lying down. It also has a USB connector for charging, and it can last for up to five days when fully charged.
The Fitbit One fitness tracker offers Bluetooth smart connectivity, which allows you to view your stats in real time. The device syncs automatically when it is within 20 feet of the wireless USB dongle, and can be synced while stationary, which makes it convenient for computer users. When you want to sync the Fitbit One to your computer, simply plug the USB dongle into a USB port on your Mac or PC.
The Fitbit One's display isn't very readable in bright sunlight, but it's fine if you are wearing it in low light. Another big advantage of this fitness tracker is that it is responsive to button presses. Some other models are difficult to wake up and are frustrating to use. The fitness tracker's customizable motivation and smart notifications can be helpful, but they're only helpful for tracking a few activities.
The Jawbone UP4 fitness tracker is a beefed up version of the original Jawbone Up3. It includes NFC capabilities and will be compatible with contactless payment systems, similar to Apple Pay. The device pairs with a compatible phone and allows users to make payments by simply tapping it. Jawbone has partnered with American Express to make this feature available.
The Jawbone UP4 also has a heart-rate monitor, and can analyze your exercise and diet habits. Other features include bio-impedance and galvanic skin response sensors, which will help you understand your activity level. The Jawbone UP4 is also compatible with the Jawbone UP app to provide detailed data about your activity.
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is an activity tracker bracelet that uses GPS technology to track steps taken, active minutes, and calories burned. It also tracks distance and stair-climbing data. Its main function is to track your steps and calories burned. It also has a heart rate monitor and can tell you how many times you've raised your floor. You can also use it for running and distance-running.
The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ features a sleek, rectangular design with a rubber strap. It boasts a heart-rate monitor, GPS, and an accelerometer to track your heart rate, along with barometric altimeter. The screen was easy to read, but we didn't find it particularly eye-catching. Thankfully, it's waterproof to five ATM, so it can even be worn in the shower or swimming. However, the display is not touch-sensitive.