One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to be more active.
Besides making you more energized, having an active lifestyle is also
linked to longer life expectancy, a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke,
type 2 diabetes and cancer. A new year may give you the push you need
to start your fitness journey, but many are known to fall off the wagon
as the year progresses. Here are some fitness gadgets to keep you accountable
and track your fitness and health journey for 2017:
- Apple Watch ($269-$369)
The Apple Watch is a smart watch, but it also doubles as a fitness tracker.
It can keep track
of metrics like steps taken, distance traveled, heart rate, calories burned,
minutes spent exercising and even swim styles. It can also log specific
workouts like outdoor runs and indoor cycling sessions. The Apple Watch
includes day-to-day features like breathing exercises and hourly reminders
to move around. The newest model (Series 2) includes a GPS sensor and
is water resistant. Although the Apple Watch is an expensive choice, it
pacts many features and is perfect for those looking for a multipurpose
Fitbit Charge 2 ($109-$129)
Fitbit’s Charge 2 has all the essentials anyone can need. It measures
steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed, heart rate and active minutes
while simultaneously tracking more intense exercise as well as sleep patterns.
The Charge 2’s larger screen also makes it easier to look at the
time, your health metrics and incoming notifications. There is no built-in
GPS but you can connect your Android or iPhone to capture running routes
and calculate lap splits. Interchangeable bands also enable you to customize
your Fitbit to match any outfit.
- Garmin Vivoactive ($129)
The Garmin Vivoactive is a smart activity tracker that works with any lifestyle.
An integrated GPS and dedicated app store makes this a fitness tracker
with smartwatch features. Besides recording outdoor runs, sleep monitoring,
and smartphone notifications, you can also use the Vivoactive to check
the weather or even locate your phone. The watch is available to purchase
on its own or you can pair it with a chest strap heart rate monitor. Its
bands are swappable as well.
Moov Now ($59.95)
The Moov Now is not just a fitness tracker—it provides real-time
coaching. It’ll give you feedback about your form and performance.
Paring the device with a smartphone provides a handful of exercise programs
where the Moov app gives you directions based on the Now’s sensors.
With the Run & Walk program, it’ll tell you if your feet are
hitting the pavement too hard. With the Cardio Boxing program, it’ll
tell you to do various boxing routines similar to call-and-response shadow-boxing
sessions. It can also track sleep, calories burned, and active minutes.
Misfit Ray ($99.99)
For those who seek a fitness tracker that’s more fashionable, the
Misfit Ray is perfect. The simple and stylish device tracks basic stats
like steps taken, calories burned, distance moved, and sleep. Another
added feature is alerts. The Ray will alert you with a vibration and blue
blinking light when you get a text, and a vibration and green blinking
light for texts. This simple device has the essential fitness tracking
features you might need in an aesthetically pleasing design.