Fitness Tracker

Someone quoted, ‘Fitness is not about being better than anybody. It is about being better than you used to be.

The purpose of life is to live healthy and happy. Plugging into activities that boost your energy and health is always a good thing. Your car needs to be refueled from time to time, and it needs to go out on runs so that it functions smoothly.

The human body works similar to a machine. It needs appropriate amounts of nutrients, and it also needs to go out to exercise and give the body something to work for.

To live a long and healthy life, one needs to regulate one’s fitness activities in order to assure that they don’t fall sick or fall short of anything. A fitness band or fitness tracker helps you do so.

In this article, you will find all the needed information such as Why is physical fitness necessary, Types of Fitness trackers and Buyers guide. You will also find Top 10 Fitness Trackers as our recommendations and a few FAQ’s at the end.

Why is Physical Activity necessary?

  • To increase the immunity of the body.
  • To regulate juices in the intestines
  • To feel great physically
  • To feel great mentally
  • To keep the body in good shape
  • To live longer
  • To live a healthy life
  • To improve sleep quality

In order to be fit, you need to know how your body works, how many calories it burns, etc. Knowing your body is of utmost importance so that you know what your body really needs.

What is a Fitness Tracker?

A fitness tracker is an electronic device with certain sensors that can monitor aspects related to the fitness of your bodies like the kilometers that you have run, calories you have burnt, heartbeat rate and much more.

Benefits of Fitness Trackers

  • You can always track your progress by just flashing your wrist in front of your eyes!
  • Fitness trackers encourage you and walk you through the process towards being fit.
  • They update you on your improvement in your weight loss or weight gain activities.
  • There are various types of trackers for a variety of incentives.
  • Fitness trackers also track the amount of sleep you get and hence, can also help you improve your sleep pattern.

TYPES OF FITNESS TRACKERS

1. Basic Fitness Tracker

They are the most basic schema of fitness trackers. A basic fitness tracker comes with a GPS tracker. It has the following aspects:

  • STEP COUNT: It counts the exact number of steps that you have walked in a day.
  • WALKING/RUNNING DISTANCE: It gives you the exact distance you have walked or run on a particular day. It also gives you your daily average.
  • STEPS CLIMBED: It gives you the exact amount of steps that you have climbed on a particular day.

2. Fitness trackers with Sleep Measurement

  • These are basic fitness trackers but have a special aspect of measuring the hours of your sleep.
  • They help you improve your sleep pattern by tracking your sleep hours.
  • A part of staying healthy is also sleeping regularly and for the right amount of time.
  • Fitness trackers with this aspect help you boost your sleep pattern and amount.

3. Fitness trackers with Heart Rate Tracking

These are basic fitness trackers but have a special aspect of tracking your heart rate.

  • Knowing how your heart is coping with various physical activities is an essential step towards being fit.

4. Fitness trackers with Special Features

  • These contain all the features that a fitness tracker should have.
  • It is basic fitness tracker with special features like heart rate tracking, GPS tracking, calorie count, message alerts, call alerts and much more.

Fitness Tracker Buyer’s Guide

Know Your Activity

First, know your activity. Different types of activities favor different types of fitness trackers. If you choose running as your activity, then a fitness tracker with GPS and walking/running distance measurement aspect is necessary.

If you choose swimming as your activity, then a fitness tracker with the waterproof aspect is favorable.

Whatever activity that you choose, make sure that the fitness tracker recognizes it.

Gear Type

Before buying a fitness tracker, decide where you are most comfortable wearing it. If you’re comfortable wearing the fitness tracker on your wrist, then wristbands are easily available. If you’re comfortable wearing the fitness tracker around your neck as a necklace, then choose them.

Selecting the favorable gear type would make sure that it doesn’t come between your movements and your progress remains intact.

Features

Before buying a fitness tracker, make sure you buy one with the features that you need. Most fitness trackers are expensive with features that are not needed.

Required OS

Before buying a fitness tracker, make sure that it is compatible with your smartphone operating system version. Most of the fitness trackers are compatible with Android 4.0 and above or  IOS 8.0 and above devices.

Price

Mostly, fitness trackers with additional special features are more expensive. So make sure you buy fitness trackers with features that you really need so as to justify the price and bring the value to a good use.

Style

Fitness trackers can be worn on wrists, as pendants or also can be clipped to your apparel. Traditional fitness trackers were made for fulfilling functions like measuring heart rate, steps taken, the period of workout, active minutes, and sleep time. Modern fitness trackers are constructed in a variety of shapes and patterns that look trendy and classy while providing you their essential functions. Go for a look as per your personality and comfort.

Display

Advanced trackers display information using characters, symbols or numbers on a watch display while others show display through LED light or an application. When you sync your fitness tracker with your phone or PC, it archives all the information and analyzes it. Before deciding to buy, make sure you have previewed the device’s app on Apple or Google play store to meet your expectations.

Accuracy

Trackers are not entirely reliable as they work on algorithms and sensors to track your activity or sleep. It means there is some level of inaccuracy. If you need precise data, you can opt for function-specific data like heart rate monitors that can be clip to your heart and transfer data to your more precise tracker.

Compatibility

Before you buy a fitness tracker, make sure the device is compatible with your phone and PC. Some devices only sync with IOS while others only with Android. Most fitness trackers do not work with windows.

Battery life

The battery life of fitness trackers may vary one day to several months. The battery of a tracker with a color touchscreen and more functions will need frequent charging while a simple band with few LED lights might have good battery life. Some trackers are not rechargeable as they use coin cell batteries that are often used in cameras or calculators.

Top 10 Fitness Trackers In India

1. Fastrack Reflex 2.0

The Fastrack Reflex 2.0 Activity Tracker tracks the number of steps that you have taken, total distance covered, total calories burned and comes in stylish black color. The fitness tracker has advanced features like a phone finder that uses GPS tracking to keep a track on your phone.

The device lets you set sedentary reminders for your routine and comes with a sleep tracker. The call notification feature enables you to directly receive calls through your device after syncing it with your phone so that you do not miss an urgent call. It has a secure ‘pin’ based pairing with your phone for better protection.

The tracker lets you set the alarm through the vibrating alarm feature and is IPX6 water-resistant. The device has a rectangular case shape and Acrylic dial glass material with a case thickness of 12.5 mm and a length of 50 mm. The band material is TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) with a width of 20 mm, watch movement type is processor and watch display type is digital.

Main Features
  • Plastic case material with a touchscreen.
  • Compatible with all iOS versions 8.0 and above and android versions 5.0 except Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, Moto G5 series – all phones, Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro phone models.
  • Buckle clasp
  • 1 Lithium Metal battery of up to 10 days.
  • Premium white OLED display.
  • 1-year warranty
PROS (What we liked)
  • SMS and Whatsapp messages alerts.
  • Syncs smoothly.
  • Accurate step counting.
  • Captures remote selfies
  • Inbuilt stopwatch
  • Goal setter and tracker.
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Classy design.
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • Your device needs to be kept near the tracker for connectivity.

2. MI Smart Wrist Band

Xiaomi is a leading producer of electronic devices. It has produced several best-selling electronic items. The MI Smart Wrist Band is a top-seller in the Fitness tracker group. It proves to be a good value for your money and is cost-efficient. It has a 1-month battery life so you don’t have to charge it daily. It has the special feature of call alerts as well as message alerts.

The smart wristband is connected to your smartphone wirelessly. The application on your phone lets you browse through all the details of your activities. Every time you get a message on your phone, you are alerted on the wristband.

Similarly, for phone calls, you are alerted every time you get a call on your smartphone. It also comes with the sleep measurement feature. With all these features at its given cost, it proves to be the best choice for a Smart Wrist Band.

Main Features
  • Water resistant
  • Sleep measurement feature available
  • Fitness monitor
  • Compatible with Android 4.4 Or above
  • Up to 30 days battery
  • Call alerts
  • Message alerts
  • Find your Band Feature
  • Weight – 100 GMS
  • 9 x 9.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Warranty available
PROS (What we liked)
  • Cost Friendly
  • User friendly
  • Water resistant
  • Compatible with iPhone, Android, and other Smart Phones.
  • Comfortable Wrist Band
  • Call and message alerts
  • Multi-feature band
  • Up to 30 days battery
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • No color screen available

3. Fitbit Charge 2

If budget is not an issue then, the Fitbit Charge 2 Wireless Activity Tracker and Sleep Wristband will provide good value for your money. It has multiple features. It tracks your all-day activities as well as tracks your sleep patterns. The tracking of sleep patterns helps you prioritize your sleeping habit into a healthy one.

It also has a SmartTrack which recognizes which type of activity you’re performing. It has other features like heart rate, Call alerts, text alerts, guided meditation sessions.

Main Features
  • Sleep monitor
  • SmartTrack
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Call alerts
  • Text alerts
  • Guided Meditation sessions
  • All-day activity tracking
  • Large display screen
  • Changeable Bands
PROS (What we liked)
  • Multiple features
  • Call and text alerts
  • Changeable Bands
  • SmartTrack feature
  • All-day activity tracking
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • Battery life lasts up to 5 days only.

4. Intex Fitrist Cardio Fitness Tracker

Intex is a leading producer of electronic devices. It has produced several best-selling electronic items. Intex is famous for several electronic items. The Intex Fitrist Cardio Fitness Tracker is one of the best-sellers. It consists of various features making it a multi-feature band. It has a sleep tracker that tracks the number of hours you sleep and also tracks your sleep pattern.

The INTEX fitrist is cost-friendly and proves to be a good choice. It is user-friendly and gives a lot of special features in a compact cost. It also has a heart rate sensor which tracks your heart rate and lets you know about it. It has a special feature of MP3 TUNING which helps you change songs from your band. It also has a water reminder feature which reminds you to drink water at regular intervals in a day.

Main Features
  • Cost friendly
  • Sleep tracker
  • Heart rate tracker
  • Water reminder
  • Call Notification alert
  • Message Notification alert
  • Whatsapp notification alert
  • Mp3 tuning
  • Find your Band feature
  • Auto-wake function
  • Alarm
  • Weight – 259 GMS
  • Dimensions – 2.9 x 1.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Compatibility – iOS, Android
  • Step count feature
  • Calories burnt feature
  • Warranty available
PROS (What we liked)
  • User friendly
  • Cost friendly
  • Multi-feature device
  • Mp3 tuning feature
  • Compatibility with both iOS as well as Android devices
  • Alarm function
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • Memory-life – 3 days only

5. GOQii Life Fitness Band with 3 Months Personal Coaching

The special thing about this GOQII Life fitness band is that it gives you a free doctor’s review of the fitness data and to guide you through your fitness process for 3 months.  The sleep monitor helps you adjust your sleep pattern such that it proves to be a healthy one. It has a step count feature which counts the number of steps you take in a day. It also gives you your daily average of steps. It has a tracker for the calories you burn and gives you a daily average for it.

For walking or running activities, it tracks the distance walked or run, and gives you your daily average as well. It is compatible with almost all iOS and Android devices. It has an additional feature such that it has an inbuilt USB so no separate charger is required to charge the fitness band. The inbuilt USB can be plugged in for charging directly.

Main Features
  • User friendly
  • Sleep monitor
  • Free 3 months doctor’s review of fitness data
  • Step count feature
  • Calories burnt feature
  • Direct inbuilt USB charging
  • Compatible with IOs and Android devices
  • 14 days battery life
  • Weight – 20 GMS
  • Free size
  • Cost friendly
  • Warranty available
PROS (What we liked)
  • Cost friendly
  • Light – weighted
  • Direct inbuilt USB charging
  • Free 3 months doctor’s review of fitness data
  • Free size
  • User friendly
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • Low battery life

6. Portronics POR-666 Yogg X – A Slim & Smart Fitness Tracker

The Portronics POR-666 Fitness band is one of the top-seller ones. This Fitness band is a bit costly, but it proves to be a good value for your money. It has a feather touch which makes the touchpad extremely efficient.

The Portronics POR-666 Yogg-X is water resistant which means activities involving water can be done using this fitness band. This device also has a dust-proof feature. It is a multi-feature device which can give you a message, call, WhatsApp, Facebook alerts on your band.

It also has a ‘find your band’ feature which helps you search for your band in case you misplace it somewhere. It also gives you your daily average of steps. It has a tracker for the calories you burn and gives you a daily average for it.

For walking or running activities, it tracks the distance walked or run, and gives you your daily average as well. It is compatible with almost all iOS and Android devices.

Main Features
  • User- friendly
  • Water resistant
  • Dust resistant
  • Call alert
  • Message alert
  • Whatsapp alert
  • Compatible with all iOS and Android devices
  • Step count features
  • Calories burnt feature
  • Distance feature
  • Multi-feature device
  • Weight- 141 GMS
  • Dimensions – 25.4 x 1 x 3 cm
  • Battery life – 3 days
PROS (What we liked)
  • User-friendly
  • Multi-feature device
  • Water resistant
  • Dust resistant
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • Low battery life
  • Sleep Monitor feature not available

7. CURIOCITY Black Wrist Band

This Curiocity black wristband is a multi-feature device. It proves to be a good value for your money and is cost-efficient. It consists of various features making it a multi-feature band.The sleep tracker is an additional feature that helps you monitor your sleep patterns.It is user-friendly and gives a lot of special features in a compact cost.

Main Features
  • Multi-feature device
  • Water resistant
  • Sleep monitor
  • Step counter
  • Pedometer
  • Alarm
  • Text alert
  • Call alert
  • Social media alert
  • Warranty
  • Weight – 18 gms
  • Dimensions – 8 x 8.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Built-in high-performance G-sensor
PROS (What we liked)
  • Light weighted
  • Water resistant
  • Pedometer
  • Multi-feature device
  • Built-in high-performance G-sensor
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • Low battery life

8. GOQII Health Wrist Band

The special thing about this GOQII Life fitness band is that it gives you a free doctor’s review of the fitness data and to guide you through your fitness process for 6 months. It is a bit more costly.

The sleep monitor feature makes this product even more special. It has a step count feature which counts the number of steps you take in a day. It also gives you your daily average of steps. It has a tracker for the calories you burn and gives you a daily average for it.

For walking or running activities, it tracks the distance walked or run, and gives you your daily average as well. It is compatible with almost all iOS and Android devices.

It has an additional feature such that it has an inbuilt USB so no separate charger is required to charge the fitness band. The inbuilt USB can be plugged in for charging directly.

Main Features
  • User friendly
  • Free doctor’s review for 6 months
  • Sleep monitor
  • Step counter
  • Distance counter
  • Compatible with most devices
  • Inbuilt USB charger
  • Warranty available
  • Weight – 50 GMS
  • Free size
PROS (What we liked)
  • Free doctor’s review for 6 months
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • Comparatively costly

9. Garmin Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker, Regular

If budget is not a restraint, then you can go for this fitness tracker. It is a bit more costly. It has a sleep monitor that helps you track your sleep pattern. The sleep monitor helps you adjust your sleep pattern such that it proves to be a healthy one.

It has a step count feature which counts the number you steps you take in a day. It also gives you your daily average of steps. It has a tracker for the calories you burn and gives you a daily average for it.

For walking or running activities, it tracks the distance walked or run, and gives you your daily average as well. It is compatible with almost all iOS and Android devices. It also has an intensity monitor which calculates intensity minutes and stores it in the memory.

Main Features
  • User friendly
  • Step counter
  • Distance counter
  • Compatible with most of the smartphones
  • Intensity Monitor
  • Sleep monitor
  • Weight – 32 GMS
  • Dimensions 7 x 3 x 2 inches
PROS (What we liked)
  • Multi-feature device
  • Intensity Monitor
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • Comparatively costly

10. OPTA SW-026 Heart Rate Series Fitness Band

It has the special feature of call alerts as well as message alerts. The smart wristband is connected to your smartphone wirelessly. The application on your phone lets you browse through all the details of your activities.

Every time you get a message on your phone, you are alerted on the wristband. It also comes with the sleep measurement feature. It has a feature for finding your band when it is misplaced. It has a step count feature which counts the number you steps you take in a day. It also gives you your daily average of steps.

It has a tracker for the calories you burn and gives you a daily average for it. For walking or running activities, it tracks the distance walked or run, and gives you your daily average as well.

Main Features
  • Multi-feature device
  • Step counter
  • Anti-lost feature
  • User friendly
  • Distance counter
  • Calories burnt Device
  • Warranty available
  • Weight – 77gm
  • Dimensions – 9 x 8.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Notification alert
PROS (What we liked)
  • Multi-feature device
  • Anti-lost feature
  • Notification alert
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • Comparatively costly.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which fitness tracker is most accurate?

Fitbit Charge 2 Wireless Activity Tracker and Sleep Wristband is the most accurate fitness tracker as it tracks your all-day activities and comes with SmartTrack, Heart rate monitor, Sleep monitor.

2. How do fitness trackers work?

Some fitness trackers have a 3-axis accelerometer that tracks the movement in every direction and gyroscope to measure orientation and rotation. The data collected is converted to steps and activity, which are later converted to sleep patterns and calories. However, there is guess work to some extent.

3. What is the best budget fitness tracker?

The MI Smart Wrist Band is the best budget fitness tracker as it is water resistant and has features like Fitness monitor, call and message alerts, sleep measurement, has a 30 days long battery, and is lightweight. Hence it is a cost efficient fitness tracker.

Conclusion

Fitness Bands have become a part of the ever growing trend of youngsters and adults alike to remind them to keep themselves fit. It’s a small price to pay for keeping oneself healthy and fit. Fitness bands give you a constant reminder of how you need to work harder and push yourself further to be fit. Thus, keeping that in mind, if budget is a constraint and you need a basic fitness tracker, then Mi Smart Band is recommended for you. If budget is not a restraint, Fitbit Charge 2 is one of the best.  Over all, any of the above-mentioned fitness trackers will do a great deal for you. Happy Staying Fit!

Megha Kothari
 

Megha leads the content strategy and oversees an amazing team of writers, editors, and designers, all having one goal in mind – to create brilliant content that helps people make the right purchase investment. When she is not working, you can find her enjoying making delicious food and planning her next travel.

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