For many people, getting fit and then staying fit is not the easiest of processes nor the most desirable of habits to form. Everyone wants to look and feel great, but motivating ourselves to stick to a workout regime is not the easiest of tasks. Not to mention the hard reality that you are unlikely to see any truly marked results for at least 2 months. Luckily, fitness technology has been founded to help solve this problem. SO before we lose all faith, read on!
As cutting-edge technology creeps into industries of all sorts, the fitness industry has been benefiting considerably. Of all of the areas being affected by the combination of hardware and software pairing up to aid our everyday lives, fitness is perhaps at the very forefront. It is now easier than ever to develop an effective fitness plan. Technological and product innovations have penetrated all aspects of the fitness world, from recording how many steps we have taken to the clothes we wear. Furthermore, certain technologies and products can be specifically tailored to target an individual’s own health goals. Products such as Fitbit, Jawbone, and many others allow for such activities. However, the availability of such technology has flooded the market with hundreds of similar products, all designed for similar purposes. The market is growing rapidly – just look at how Fitbit have grown their revenues by 168% this year on year for Q3 and it quickly illustrates what’s going on here – but cutting the wheat from the chaff is getting harder and harder.
There are now so many fitness bands on the market, that its getting towards being neigh on impossible to choose between them. One band may not necessarily be more efficient than another, or another may be targeted toward say heart rate monitoring instead of tracking the quality of sleep that a person gets. Still, choosing the product that is right for you may be challenging. We have developed a list of the top 5, best-of-the-best fitness trackers currently on the market.
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5. Fitbit Surge
The Fitbit Surge, another innovative product from Fitbit Inc., provides all of the same functions and monitoring as the Charge HR, with the addition of GPS tracking. The Surge is specifically made for athletes looking to monitor every aspect of their workout. The Fitbit Surge is designed as a watch, with a full OLED screen to completely display fitness stats, caller id, and notifications. However, due to the added functions of the Fitbit Surge, battery life decreases from 5-full days (Fitbit Charge HR) to 3-full days, which is still a decent amount of time before having to recharge. Additionally, the Fitbit Surge is able to withstand water. Although Fitbit recommends not to, the watch can be worn into the pool with no problem. The only downsides to the Surge are the price of $249.99, which can be addressed by the watches myriad of functions, and the drab design of the watch. As Fitbit’s first true sports tracker wearable, the Surge is described as, “its most advanced tracker to date.” The Surge is perfect for every type of fitness fanatic, from professional athletes to those simply trying to monitor their exercise habits.