I've been meaning to blog about activity tracker for some time now. I have had three different trackers, and I have enjoyed all three for different reasons. Here are the three I have used and what I liked about each one:
The Nike Fuelband was my first tracker and I was obsessed with it! I had the first version of the Fuelband, and I loved keeping track of my steps without having to wear a pedometer clipped to my pants. I loved that it was a watch, but it doesn't track your sleep habits, so I took it off at night. I also liked the graphics on the app when you reached your goals. I enjoyed the Fuelband until they came out with the newer version. At that time, there was a software update for the old Fuelbands, but after I updated it, it was much more difficult for me to meet my goal than before the update. It was very depressing! Needless to say, I wasn't enjoying wearing it because the goals that I was able to meet consistently before the update were impossible to meet after the update.
After becoming disillusioned with my Fuelband, I started hearing more about the Fitbit. I decided I wanted a Fitbit Force because it also designed to be worn on your wrist and it had a watch feature. I also liked that it tracked my sleep habits, and I could track food and water intake as well. I had fun connecting with my friends who had Fitbits online. It is motivating to compete with your friends! However, not long after I received the Fitbit, the recall was announced. I was going to keep it anyway, but ultimately, I decided I didn't want to have an obsolete tracker.
Finally, I have settled on the Garmin Vivofit. I did a little research after deciding to send my Fitbit back, and I liked the heart rate monitor feature of the Vivofit. I had always worn a heart rate monitor when exercising prior to owning an activity tracker. Being a personal trainer, I like to know my heart rate while I'm exercising. The Vivofit allows me to wear the pedometer on my wrist, it has a watch feature, and I can wear a heart monitor strap when I want to record an exercise session. It's the best of all worlds! I can still track my steps all day, and it does record my sleep habits. It is also water proof, so I can wear it in the shower or in a pool. I don't have any friends with a Vivofit, but online, Garmin has challenges with other Garmin users, so I can virtually compete even though I don't know the people I'm competing against. Probably my favorite feature of the Vivofit is that it automatically increases or decreases your goal. It changes based on the amount of activity you engage in each day. If you are very active, it continues to increase your goal. If you are inactive, it decreases your goal. Your goal is never too easy or too hard. It is always within reach!
I know there are a lot of different activity trackers out there now, so hopefully this review will help guide you on what features you want or don't want in your activity tracker.