Best Activity Tracker Gadgets For A Healthy Lifestyle

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Activity Tracker
Activity Tracker

Did you get your 10,000 steps today? Or was it 8,000? Did you walk five or seven kilometers? And have you burned 4,500 or 3,200 calories during that 15-mile walk in the last 24 hours? Not every activity tracker, the modern pedometer, is equally reliable. A smart tracker monitors everything: how much you walk, your heart rate, calories burned, sleep patterns, time, date, and distance covered by you. And some apps can track what you eat or how you feel. Thanks to modern technology, now, you can collect a lot of data about your lifestyle and health.

Analyzing data through the activity tracker

 

Analyzing data through the activity tracker
Analyzing data through the activity tracker

Smart associate apps analyze your data. And behold: suddenly, connections become apparent. For example, you fall asleep later when you drink coffee in the evening; you never feel like exercising again on the days when you scooped twice at dinner, or you consumed 1,500 more calories in the week that you cycled to work.

What do you want to measure?

Which activity tracker is best? It depends on what you want to measure. Or: what do you want to do with it? Why do you need it?

Dr. Martijn de Groot says from the Quantified Self Institute at Heinz University Groningen. Medical biologists conducted scientific research into the reliability of multiple trackers. The choice of wearable trackers starts with your purpose. It is not about measuring only, but it’s about knowing.

Choose a simple one

How many steps do you walk if you want to understand your daily activity patterns? To find out if you exercise more on weekends than during the week. Researchers say it doesn’t matter which tracker you use. Generally, a cheap simple pedometer (Tracker) is sufficient to get general information. So, you can start with a simple one.

The Best 5 Activity Trackers

1. Fitbit zip

 

Fitbit zip
Fitbit zip

Features: Pedometer, Distance Meter, Calorie Counter, Sleep Monitor, Step Counter, Touch Screen, Clip Mount, and Wrist Strap.

The Fitbit Zip came out on top in the test. And it is also the cheapest, around 50 Euros. Fitbit deserves an honorable mention from a multitude of products.

2. Apple Watch Activity Tracker

 

Apple Watch Activity Tracker
Apple Watch Activity Tracker

Features: Pedometer, Touch Screen, Heart Rate Monitor, Distance Meter, Calorie Counter, Exercise Time Meter.

The Apple Watch’s pedometer is very accurate. Martijn: ‘We have tested the Sport version, and we believe the result is not the same for all other smartwatches and Apple smartwatches. The Apple Watch was better than the other smartwatch in our testing. The Apple Watch can be expensive as just an activity tracker, but if you’re an Apple fan, you can consider it.

3. Misfit Shine

 

Misfit Shine
Misfit Shine

Features: pedometer, touch screen, distance meter, motion sensor, calorie counter, sleep monitor, buckle attachment, and as bracelet.

The Misfit Shine is a great tracker. Price: approx € 100. It is Handy, and you can wear it on any part of your body. The Shine is waterproof to monitor swimming movements (up to 50 meters deep). ‘The cheapest model of the Shine, about 60 euros, performs well. You can consider that one.

4. Withings Pulse Activity Tracker

Features: pedometer, odometer, calorie counter, sleep monitor, heart rate monitor, exercise timer, touch screen, clip, and as bracelet.

The Withings Pulse is the only activity tracker of European (French) manufacturers and performs well in the test. Apart from being a pedometer, the Withings Pulse is also a heart rate monitor. We haven’t officially tested that function, but our impression is that it’s not great. By the way, do you want something beautiful and stylish? In collaboration with a Swiss watchmaker, Withings has developed an activity tracker in the form of a stylish wristwatch.

5. Jaw Bone Up Activity Tracker

 

Jaw Bone Up
Jaw Bone Up

Features: pedometer, distance meter, calorie counter, sleep monitor, heart rate monitor, eating patterns, exercise time meter, touch screen, wristband.

Jawbone Up is a great tracker with a delightful app. The tracker is closer in our tests. In other words not the best, but good enough, especially for a bracelet. 

 

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