Tips to Fitness Gadgets

It is that time of the year when most of us jot down a huge list of to-dos and new year resolutions promising to rise up early in the morning and hitting the gym. We seem to have the conviction and determination of a Gladiator when we make these commitments to ourselves, and some actually go through with it. Though after a week of dragging ourselves to the gym, most of us seem to feel like the Greek god Atlas carrying the weight of the entire world on our shoulders. And then, there’s procrastinating, some more procrastinating about procrastinating, and then reassuring ourselves of seeing the task through before our next birthday, family get together, cousin’s wedding, or the next new year.

We’ve all been through this at some stage or the other, and for most of us, exercising surely seems to be one Herculean task. While all the references to the Greek gods might seem outdated and foreign, the solution to the problem at hand couldn’t be more ultra-modern and ‘up our street’ than this―technology. No, we aren’t talking about any treatment to go from flab-to-fab in a month, but instead having a new-age companion by your side who can make working out an absolute treat. These are simple minimalistic fitness devices that are surprisingly effective in motivating us to do better, and help us keep a log of our progress. So, if the prospect of finally delivering on your new year resolution sounds alluring to you, here’s a list of the top 5 fitness gadgets available in the market today.

Nike+ FuelBand
The Nike+ FuelBand is probably one of the most stylish and popular fitness gadgets in the market today. The band takes a rather simple approach to helping you along as you go about your routine giving you simple to understand messages to tell you about your progress. It uses its built-in three-axis accelerometer to track your physical activities like the steps taken, distance covered, etc. You can choose to set a daily target, and the 20 LED lights change color from red to green depending on your progress, every now and again displaying words of encouragement to help motivate you. The watch syncs with the Nike+ website, using its in-built USB. You can also connect to a dedicated iPhone app and track your progress on your mobile. The FuelBand makes it to the top of our list for its simple, yet effective way of tracking your daily activities and its innovative display.

Jawbone UP24
This band has a rather quirky, yet ergonomic design and makes quite a fashion statement without compromising on comfort. As the name suggests, the UP24 tracks your activities through the day, right from your calories burned to your sleep pattern. The band suffers due to the lack of a built-in screen to check your progress on the go. It, however, makes up for it, to an extent, with a very useful and feature-rich computer app. It can also sync with a dedicated app on your iPhone via Bluetooth. The UP24 uses a proprietary USB cable for data syncing with your computer. This is one of the most feature-rich fitness gadget in the market today, but missing out on the top spot for the lack of a display.

Adidas SmartRun
Apart from tracking your every move and counting the calories that you burn, the SmartRun also tracks your heart rate without the need for additional equipment. The face of the watch features a touchscreen which helps you navigate through the many apps on it. You could also choose to use a Bluetooth headset with the watch, and stream music or get some coaching tips while you train. You can also view strength-training animations on the screen of the watch. The SmartRun syncs wirelessly with your computer, and helps you track your progress on it. The SmartRun is a really smart and handy fitness device, and has some real cool features to help you on your way towards fitness. The only thing that goes against it is the fact that it is a little too clunky and looks rather ordinary.

Fitbit Force
The Fitbit Force is a cross between a fitness band and a smartwatch. The stylish Force does a fine job of tracking the distance you cover, calories burnt, steps climbed, and tracks your sleep pattern. Apart from these basic functions, it doubles up as a watch and even notifies you about an incoming call on a paired phone. It syncs seamlessly with both Android and iOS devices, and also has a useful PC app. The band has some rather basic functions and a very small screen. It, however, makes up for its flaws by displaying call notifications from the supported device.

Withings Pulse
The Pulse is amongst the tinniest and perhaps the most versatile amongst all fitness gadgets in the market today. Apart from packing a pedometer and a sleep tracker, it also includes a heart rate monitor. It syncs effortlessly with Android and iOS devices via a Micro USB cable, although it does not sync with PCs. The Pulse also supports a lot of third-party apps, making it extremely popular amongst fitness enthusiasts. The Pulse is one nifty device and packs a lot of features. It’s Achilles heel, however, is the fact that it is a little too small and can easily be misplaced.

Besides these, other smartwatches like Samsung Galaxy Gear and Pebble Watch also make for great fitness gadgets. These, however, rely on their paired smartphones for most of their functions. Armed with these smart devices, you can easily be on track to regain your fitness. With just the right amount of determination, motivation, and perspiration, you might well be on your way to attaining the body you always wanted to have. Cheers.

Fitbit Products and Accessories

Don’t you feel great and guilt-free when you know that you’ve burned so many calories of that slice of pizza loaded with cheese you had last night? But how did you come to know that? And how did you know the distance you walked/jogged in the morning? Well, this is where the gadgets make an entry into the fitness world. Thanks to technology! Doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight or just staying healthy, these gadgets are like your best pals that keep a check on your workouts, distance, and calories. These gadgets won’t even hesitate in making you feel guilty – if you do not run the actual distance that you usually do everyday or if you consume more calories than you should. They monitor your day-to-day activities and help you reach your goal.

One such company that brings you these kinds of gadgets is Fitbit. Even though there are many more companies that have been in the market for a long time now, Fitbit is comparatively newer and has a slight edge over others. The fitness trackers introduced by Fitbit go beyond workouts, and tracks your sleep cycle and also shows your calorie intake. Amazing isn’t it? Now, you can keep your calories in control and check your eating habits with these awesome devices. Let us check out the best Fitbit products so that you can keep a track of your health and fitness.

Fitbit Products

Fitbit One

Fitbit One is a wireless device and a sleep tracker. It monitors your sleep cycle and also has a silent alarm to wake up to. It also tracks sleep, distance, calories burned, the number of stairs climbed. Attach it to your pocket, belt, or t-shirt and get going! It is available in black and burgundy colors. It includes rechargeable battery.

Get going @ Fitbit One

Fitbit Zip

It is a wireless activity tracker that tracks your steps, distance covered, and the amount of calories burned. It displays the time and daily stats. It is waterproof and sweatproof. This gadget is for those who do not want to track their sleeping patterns. The battery is replaceable. Clip it to your clothes and start working out.

Get going @ Fitbit Zip

Fitbit Flex

It is a great gadget to add to your fitness collection. You can see the number of calories you’ve burned, how active you’ve been throughout the day, and the distance covered. You can also check whether you had a sound sleep or disturbed sleep. You can set your goals for the day and see your progress with the LED lights. It has a rechargeable battery. You can even install the apps from your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note smartphones. It comes in small and large sizes.

Get going @ Fitbit Flex

Fitbit Aria

Fitbit Aria is Wi-Fi smart scale. It aids your overall fitness goals and health by showing your accurate weight, BMI, and body fat percentages. The data can be synced through the Wi-Fi to track your progress. It also helps you set goals daily. It recognizes up to eight users and maintains a private account for all.

Get going @ Fitbit Aria

Fitbit Surge

It is a fitness super watch. It has a GPS and heart rate tracker. This watch also contains a caller ID. It shows the activity stats of all day and tracks your sleeping patterns as well. It also records the distance covered while running, cross-training, and cardio-workouts. The battery is rechargeable. It includes music control, and call and text notifications. It also includes a charging cable and a wireless sync dongle. The best way to keep your fitness in check. You just cannot miss it!

Get going @ Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Charge HR

It is similar to Surge except that it doesn’t include GPS tracking. It tracks the heart rate continuously, and even daily stats and sleep cycle. It also has a caller ID. It also records the running routes, stats, and workouts. It has a rechargeable battery, charging cable, and wireless sync dongle. It is available in black and plum colors.

Get going @ Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Charge

It doesn’t include GPS tracking and smartphone notifications. It is similar to Fitbit Force, which was recalled due to skin reaction issues. It has automatic sleep detection, caller ID, and also alarm. It has a rechargeable battery, charging cable, and wireless sync dongle as well.

Get going @ Fitbit Charge

Fitbit Accessories

You can now personalize your devices with the Fitbit accessories.

Fitbit Zip Color Clip

It clips to the clothes easily, and is used for zip wireless activity tracker. It comes in five different colors. This does not include the tracker.

Fitbit One Color Clip

It is used for holding One wireless activity and sleep tracker, and clips onto the clothes very easily. It comes in black and burgundy colors. This also does not include the tracker.

Flex Color Band

The Flex accessory band includes a clasp, in which various colors are available. They also come in a pack of three under the categories – sport, classic, and vibrant. These do not include the tracker.

Wireless Sync Dongle

It is used to sync all the trackers to your online account so that you can track your progress daily. It plugs into the USB port easily.

One Sleep Band

It is used to analyze your sleeping quality and patterns while you are asleep at night. It is only compatible with One tracker.

Charge Charging Cable

It used for charging your Charge tracker, and plugs into the USB port easily.

Flex Charging Cable

Charge your Flex tracker with the charging cable that plugs into the USB port.

One Charging Cable

Charge your One tracker with the charging cable that is included with the tracker.

Check out more @ Fitbit Accessories

Fitbit is a great choice for anyone who wants a change in his/her lifestyle and motivation to stay healthy. Owing to Fitbit, people are getting more and more health conscious, and achieving a better level of fitness. You can now track every detail and maintain an account of your entire day. So, hurry up and get your Fitbit, and stay fit!

Which One to Choose Fitbit Flex Or Jawbone UP24?

In this era of wearable devices, activity trackers by leading fitness brands have seen some serious upgrades to match user requirements. Two of the bestselling brands, ‘Fitbit’ and ‘Jawbone’, have come up with their latest upgraded versions of wearable activity tracking devices; namely, ‘Fitbit Flex’ and ‘Jawbone UP24’. These devices, highly trending on the sales chart, are going to leave you amazed by their performance.

For all the dazed prospective buyers out there, you need to know a lot before you hand over your fitness regime to be monitored by these devices. So Buzzle has compared the two devices on various criteria and presented their verdict.
* Click on the tabs for more information.

In Depth ReviewComparison Chart

Buzzle’s Verdict

To decide which band better suits your needs, check out the categories mentioned above that are most important to you. Picking one between the two devices can be a bit of a mission, but one thing is for sure, both fitness devices will help you motivate you to move around and get fit.

In Depth Review

Design
Fitbit Flex is sure to catch your eye with an ultra-sleek finish on its wide range of colorful bands. The elastomer bands, available in two sizes, have been given a smooth finish with steel clasps at the end, which might take some time to get adjusted to around your wrist. Once worn, you may take it anywhere and everywhere without the fear of losing it. The user-interface display has 5 LEDs. The preset activities and the percent of goal achieved is indicated by these. Each LED is an indication of 20% of the goal achieved. The user may double-tap the glass panel to see what percent of the set goal remains to be achieved.

Jawbone UP24 is an improvisation of Jawbone Up in many ways. The design remains almost the same, but the etched ‘v’s have been replaced by waves on the band. Jawbone claims the UP24 to be made of clinically approved hypoallergenic bands. The bands come in 6 appealing colors and 3 comfortable sizes. At one end of the band is a nickel-plated cap that powers on the tracking device. The other extended cap hides the USB pin for connecting the UP24 to other devices. The two ends overlap each other and is easy wear and take off.

Performance
Both, Fitbit Flex and Jawbone UP24, claim to track activities like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burnt, the hours and the quality of sleep. The truth? Users reviewed the performance of Flex as miscalculated on most instances. The device has been noted to count activities like eating or shaking hands as exercise.

On the other hand, Jawbone UP24 is more accurate in measurement of your activity and inactivity too. It’s Idle Alert buzzes lightly to remind you to get moving if you’ve been sitting idle for a long time. Although, this time can be set while logging the tracking device with your daily entries. Another feature that sets this device apart is Smart Coach. This feature provides the wearer with much-needed motivation in the form of reminders to increase activity or drink water while achieving his/her fitness goals.

Connectivity and Compatibility
Fitbit Flex is very flexible in terms of connectivity and compatibility. You’ll love the way it can connect to almost every device; be it your PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone using wireless sync. Be it iOS, Android, or Windows Xp/Vista/7/8.

The compatibility of Jawbone UP24 is restricted to iOS and Android operated devices. You may connect to your profile at the Fitbit site or the Up App at any time and anywhere using an internet connection or Wi-Fi.

Ease of Usage
You can easily carry your fitness motivator ‘Flex’ any and everywhere you want to. Waterproof up to 10 meters under water, workable at altitude as high as 30,000 ft and temperature as low as -4 degrees, it is the best companion to your fitness schedule. What’s sad is, its inability to track swimming as an activity. Lithium polymer batteries fuel the tracker up to 5 days once it has been fully charged.

Those nasty ends of the UP24 bands seem to lock into everything you lay your hands on. It is extremely easy to wrap the band around the wrist and still easier to lose it in your rigorous exercise schedule. Although it is dust and splash resistant, it is not recommended to submerge it underwater or any fluid for that matter. The operational conditions have not been specified by the manufacturer, although refraining from unnecessary bending is advised. With the latest firmware update, the batteries claim to last up to 14 days at a stretch.

Best Price and Warranty
A plethora of online stores offer some great deals on both products. Offers tend to change every week. The last known best price for Fitbit Flex was USD 92, and that for Jawbone UP24 was USD 102.99. Both manufacturers offer a one-year limited warranty on each purchase. The Fitbit has a return policy valid within 45-days from the date of purchase or delivery, while Jawbone offers a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Comparison Chart

Fitbit Flex Jawbone UP24

In The Box

  • Flex Tracker
  • Small and large wristbands
  • Wireless sync cable
  • Fitbit.com membership
  • UP24 Band
  • Startup Guide
  • USB charging cable

Colors

  • Black
  • Slate
  • Tangerine
  • Teal
  • Navy
  • Violet
  • Blue
  • Lime
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Red
  • Pink Coral
  • Persimmon
  • Onyx
  • Navy Blue
  • Lemon Lime

User Interface Display

  • 5 LED lights
  • 2 single-color LED lights

Sizes

  • Small- 5.5″- 6.9″
  • Large- 6.3″- 8.2″
  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large

Compatibility

  • Windows OS
  • iOS
  • Android 4.0 and later versions
  • iOS
  • Android

Sync support

  • Bluetooth low energy
  • Bluetooth 4.0 BTLE

Material

  • Elastomer band
  • Steel clasp
  • Hypoallergenic TPU rubber bands
  • Nickel-plated TR-90 nyloncap

Battery Life

  • Up to 5 days
  • Up to 14 days

Sensors

  • MEMS 3-axis accelerometer
  • Tri-axis accelerometer
  • Altimeter

Alarms

  • Alarm for pre-specified events
  • Smart Alarm
  • Idle Alert

Operating conditions

  • Water resistant (up to 10m)
  • Dust, moisture, and splash resistant
  • Cannot be submerged under water

Release Date

  • May 2013
  • November 2013

Release Price

  • USD 99.95*
  • USD 149.99*

Manufacturer’s Warranty

  • 45-days return policy
  • One-year (limited)
  • 60-day money back guarantee
  • One year(limited)

Apps supported

  • Endomondo
  • SparkPeople
  • MyFitnessPal
  • Lose It!
  • RunKeeper
  • MapMyFitness
  • CarePass
  • IFTT
  • Maxwell Health
  • Sleepio
  • Wello
  • Withings
  • Lose It!
  • Nest

Memory

  • Up to 7 days of detailed data
  • Daily total up to 30 consecutive days
  • Up to 9 months

Activities tracked

  • Calories Burnt
  • Distance
  • Steps
  • Sleep
  • Calories consumed and burnt
  • Sleep time
  • Steps

Official Site

  • Fitbit
  • Jawbone

Fitbit Flex

  • Comes with a wireless syncing dongle.
  • Enables the user to sync USB automatically
  • Compatible with a PC as well as mobile phone
  • Works under a specified range of temperature, -4° to 113° F
  • Maximum altitude for satisfactory performance is 30,000 feet

Jawbone UP24

  • Additional features like a barcode scanner and stopwatch
  • Can log in daily dietary details to chart nutrition
  • Can set your mood and tag the exercises you perform
  • Helps you realize hours of deep slumber compared to light-sleep hours
  • Non-compatibility with Windows OS and OS X, pose an issue with potential customers.

Popular Fitness Gadgets

The winter chill is in the air, and with this season come a number tempting holiday treats, laziness, and the urge to hibernate indoors snuggled in a warm blanket. Fortunately, in today’s digitized world, there exist gadgets that utilize wireless technology, physical activities, social media, and other tools to make the couch potatoes get up and exercise. You feel great when you know that you’ve burned extra calories and have reached your goal for the day. These gadgets help you take that extra step towards a healthy life.

Fitbit is a popular name in the world of fitness gadgets. It tracks your daily activities just like its elder cousin, pedometer. Moreover, it also tracks your sleep cycle, calories burnt, calorie intake, heart rate, and distance traveled. The device can be synchronized wirelessly and you can upload all your stats on the app. The best part – it is portable and of size of a bracelet. Simply tracking your daily activities is a good way to stay fit and motivated to take the stairs each time or walk half a mile more. These devices track your movements throughout the day and show you how much you’ve actually moved. And if you haven’t, it’ll keep reminding you! Let’s check out some more fitness gadgets similar to Fitbit.

Alternatives to Fitbit

Nike+ FuelBand
As we all know, Nike is a giant brand in the sporting world, it has made a remarkable entry into the world of fitness gadgets. Nike+ FuelBand is a stylish creation of Nike that fits around the wrist easily and shows your daily activity stats with the help of LED lights. However, it does not track your sleep patterns. The wireless synchronization is possible and it can also double up as a wrist watch. The motion sensors capture your activity throughout the day and converts it into ‘Nike Fuel’ points. It also counts the steps you take everyday.

Jawbone Up
Another stylish wristband that monitors your fitness is Jawbone Up. It is slimmer as compared to Nike+ FuelBand and also tracks your sleep quality and patterns. It also acts as a sleep alarm while you are asleep. It also has a vibration alarm system that reminds you to move if you’ve been idle for too long. It doesn’t synchronize wirelessly. However, it doesn’t have a screen unlike its competitors. You will need to plug your device into a mobile to get all the data. This comfortable and mid-priced band could the one for you as long as you don’t mind using your smartphone each time to access the data.

Garmin VivoFit
The Garmin VivoFit is a discrete and sleek wearable wristband that’s comfortable and looks attractive as well. It allows you to wirelessly manage and share your data through the online community of Garmin. It displays your heart rate, keeps a track of steps you walk everyday, and also shows the number of calories burned. It also monitors the sleep cycle and highlights the periods of proper sleep. It keeps reminding you to walk in case of any prolonged intervals of physical activities, and it expects you to take a longer walk rather than just a quick trip to the washroom or kitchen. It has balancing features and is safe to wear in water.

Withings Pulse
It is a clip-on fitness gadget to monitor your progress everyday. You can clip it onto your clothes or keep it in your pocket. It captures the number of steps you take everyday, distance traveled, and amount of calories burned. You can also track the elevation climb and check your heart rate. You can see the stats on the LED screen, and also sync the data to your smartphone via Bluetooth. The disadvantage is that it is not waterproof and does not remind you of any activity in case you are lagging behind. It is supported by the Withings Health Mate app to check your stats.

Motorola MotoActv
Can’t workout without listening to music? Then Motorola MotoActv is the one for you! It not only keeps a tab on your workout routines, calories, heart rate, and distance traveled, but also figures out which songs motivate and pump you up the most, and then creates a playlist accordingly. What’s more? You can have up to 4000 songs playing on your wrist.

Misfit Shine
The rubber bracelets are taking over the market because of the high-tech jewelry that it is. You can wear it like a bracelet, necklace, or even clip-on. You can call it an elegant activity tracker. It monitors your motion whether you are walking, running, cycling, or swimming. The app allows you set certain goals, and shows the progress through LED lights. It also tracks your sleeping habits and wirelessly syncs all your data in your smartphone. Moreover, it is waterproof too.

LG Lifeband Touch
One of the giants in the world of electronic household goods has also jumped into creating fitness devices. The OLED touchscreen on the band allows you to check your daily activities. It shows stats like steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, elevation, heart rate, and also tracks messages from Android or iOS devices. This device is also compatible with apps like Runkeeper and MapMyRun. You can also answer incoming calls and listen to music when paired with a smartphone.

Runtastic Orbit
This gadget is similar to Fitbit and has a versatile and excellent OLED display. It tracks your sleep cycle, steps taken, and calories. It is waterproof, and comes with two wristbands and clip, giving you the freedom to wear it as you like. It has a silent wake-up alarm that you can set, and an idle alarm that would remind you to move every time. However, it doesn’t have an altimeter to keep a tab on the stairs climbed. It doesn’t show the calorie intake unlike other devices. Although it monitors the steps taken, it doesn’t display number of miles you actually walked.

Polar Loop
Polar Loop is the recent entry in the world of wearable fitness gadgets. This waterproof wristband tracker can be worn even when you are swimming, and also shows the time of the day. The LED screen shows the metrics of calories burned, steps walked, and sleep cycle. It also monitors the heart rate, alerts you in case of prolonged hours of inactivity, and allows you set your daily targets. It is supported by the Polar Flow app to keep a check on your daily fitness regime and progress. It is also compatible with the latest smartphones.

Skechers GO Walk
It is best if you are looking for a device that performs basic tracking functions. It records the number of steps taken everyday, shows the distance walked, calories burned, and sleep patterns. It easily syncs with iOS devices via Bluetooth, and makes it easy for you to track your progress and set daily goals.

These were some popular fitness gadgets like Fitbit that you can consider. The best fitness gadgets are the ones that you would want to keep using day in and day out. Choose an activity tracker that you may personally find motivating and suitable to you, synchronizes automatically with your devices, and watch yourself merrily walking on the path of becoming a healthier you!