According to the American Heart Association, it’s recommended to take 10,000 steps daily to maintain a healthy weight. We know you’ve probably got resolutions to stay or become more active, and want to find ways to do this more easily. The best way to go about it, without having to think very much, could be to hop on the Fitbit bandwagon. You know, those sporty-looking bracelets all the fit people seems to be wearing. With monitors like this growing in popularity, there are not only new bracelets entering the market, but there are a plethora of accessories and fitness apps coming out to complement these fitness bracelets. Here’s a roundup of some great options we think TT members will enjoy.
MyFitnessPal is an easy-to-use, all encompassing fitness app for your smartphone. It keeps track of your calories, water consumption, exercise, weight, and fitness goals in one place. The app uses your current weight, goal weight, how quickly you want to lose it, and how much activity you get on an average day. MyFitnessPal syncs with your iPhone to track steps to suggest a plan for reaching your fitness goals. A new feature, “Restaurant Logging,” helps users choose healthier options when dining out through its database of popular restaurant menus. Sync the MyFitnessPal app with your Fitbit or other activity bracelet to track your steps and monitor your heart rate too. The best part – it’s free!
Steps is a very simple app that is strictly a pedometer. In the settings, you can set and change your daily steps goal (plus weight and height for calorie counts) and everyday the app keeps track of approximately how many steps you take, miles you’ve walked, floors you’ve scaled, and calories you’ve burned. The interface displays a circular graph that goes from red, to yellow, to green, the closer you are to reaching your daily steps goal. Because this app doesn’t sync with other fitness apps or bracelets (except for the Apple Watch), this app is suitable for someone who exclusively wants a pedometer but doesn’t want to wear a bracelet. Another plus – this app doesn’t use your GPS or location so your battery will not be sacrificed while this app is in use in the background.
No matter what age we are, it’s no question that sleep is very important for our health. This app tracks your sleep patterns, waking you up at the end of a REM cycle – your “lightest” sleep – and allowing you to wake up feeling less groggy.
For more information on the technology of Sleep Cycle, visit sleepcycle.com/howitworks.
The Jawbone has a sleek, slim design with a slight texture that comes in a variety of colors. The metal track sits on the inside of your wrist, measuring your heartbeat, steps, etc. There is an accompanying app which will sync with your Android or iPhone, and the bracelet alerts you, with a vibration or a light, to get moving based on how long you’ve been idle. The Jawbone also tracks your sleep patterns and provides tips on how to have a better snooze.
This little guy tracks your hydration, steps, and gives advice on how to live a healthier life all in an easily attachable clip. Not all of us are comfortable having something on our wrist 24/7, so the UP MOVE Activity Tracker is a great alternative. Just remember to take it off before you wash your pants!
This fitness tracker looks like a watch, allowing its wearer to track their health and keep their style. The Activité Steel doesn’t have a food tracker, but connects with it’s own app so you can completely capture your daily progress. This device also tracks swim laps (it’s waterproof!), steps (running and walking), and does not require charging.
Tell us all about how you’re achieving your fitness goals this year in the comments!