Fitness Tracker

Exercising is an essential activity that everyone needs to make time for in their daily routine. Fitness trackers and bands are a great way to monitor your progress and stay updated about your daily workout.

Ever since they were introduced in the market, they have taken the fitness industry by storm. It is a product loved by both fitness enthusiasts and casuals alike. It helps you reach your daily target of burning calories and steps walked, which keeps you motivated to continue exercising.

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 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.

There are other similar products like gym watches, health watches, exercise watches and fitness bands that help you keep track of similar metrics.

Benefits of Fitness Trackers

  • You can always track your progress by just turning 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 distance: It gives you the exact distance you have walked or run on a particular day. It also gives 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

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

If you swim a lot, then a fitness tracker with the waterproof aspect is favorable.

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.

Selecting the favorable gear type would make sure that it doesn’t come interfere your movement.

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 that suits 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 depending on the brand and features. 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

Here we have reviewed some of the best activity trackers, smart bands and fitness bands 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.
  • Find your Band Feature so you can track the band if misplaced.
  • Weight – 100 grams.
  • 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 smartphones.
  • 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

The Fitbit Charge 2 Wireless Activity Tracker and Sleep Wristband will provide good value for your money. It tracks your all-day activities as well as tracks your sleep patterns. The tracking of sleep patterns helps you prioritize your sleeping habit.

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
  • All-day activity tracking.
  • Large display screen for good visibility.
  • Changeable bands for customization.
PROS (What we liked)
  • Call and text alerts.
  • SmartTrack feature to recognize which activity you are doing.
  • 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.

It 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. The heart rate sensor 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
  • Call notification alert
  • Message notification alert
  • Whatsapp notification alert
  • Find your band feature in case you misplace it.
  • Auto-wake function.
  • Alarm.
  • Weight – 259 grams.
  • 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 of 3 days only.

5. HONOR Band 5 

This amazing fitness band comes from Honor, a company well known brand for its electronic devices. It boasts of a large AMOLED touchscreen that is extremely vibrant and responsive. The display is vivid and dynamic with adjustable brightness.

The belt clip design ensures that the band firmly attaches itself to the wrist. It has smart music and volume controls, so you can connect it to your smartphone and control it remotely.

Main Features
  • Supports multiple activities like walking, running, cycling and swimming.
  • Real time heart rate monitoring.
  • SpO2 Monitor tracks oxygen saturation levels.
  • Scientific sleep monitoring via TruSleep.
  • Standby battery life of 14 days.
  • Changeable clock on display screen.
  • Water Resistant up to 50 meters.
  • Daily tracking of activities.
  • Smart assistant to locate band and remotely take photos.
  • 10 different fitness modes.
PROS (What we liked)
  • The band is lightweight and compact.
  • Notification alerts for call, message, WhatsApp and Instagram.
  • The strap is comfortable to wear.
  • Watch interface is clean and user friendly.
  • Compatible with both Android and iOS.
  • Safe to wear while swimming.
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • Glass screen is prone to damage.

6. Realme Band 

Realme offers a band that features a large color display measuring 2.4cm (0.96 inch) and having over 65000 colors. It has a touch button that makes it intuitive to use. You can just single tap, double tap, or long tap to access various functions.

You can download the companion app to link the band with your smartphone. It has a long standby battery life of 10 days. The built-in optical heart rate monitor accurately tracks your heart’s activity.

Main Features
  • It has five unique dial faces that you can choose from to suit your style.
  • 9 Sport modes including walking, running, yoga, cricket and more.
  • It has an IP68 rating making it resistant to dust, dirt and few splashes of water.
  • Analyses your sleep quality and generates a useful report.
  • Reminds you to walk after being idle for some amount of time.
  • You can receive instant notifications from many applications on your smartphone.
  • Can be charged by simply plugging in the USB port.
PROS (What we liked)
  • Helps you improve your sleep cycle and fitness routines.
  • Easy to charge.
  • It has a premium look and feel to it.
  • The water drinking reminder is very useful.
  • It feels comfortable on the hand.
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • Battery life is poor.

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. 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
  • Water resistant so it is not damaged by sweat or light rain.
  • Sleep monitor to keep track of sleep patterns.
  • Pedometer (step counter).
  • Alarm.
  • Text and all alert.
  • Social media alert.
  • Weight – 18 gms.
  • Dimensions – 8 x 8.6 x 2.8 cm.
PROS (What we liked)
  • Lightweight.
  • 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.

The sleep monitor feature helps you keep track of your sleeping pattern. 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 inbuilt USB, so no separate charger is required to charge the fitness band.

Main Features
  • User friendly.
  • Sleep monitor.
  • Step counter.
  • Distance counter.
  • Compatible with most devices.
  • Inbuilt USB charger.
  • Warranty available.
  • Weight – 50 grams.
PROS (What we liked)
  • Free doctor’s review for 6 months.
  • Free size so fits wrists of all sizes.
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 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.
  • Intensity Monitor.
  • Sleep monitor.
  • Weight – 32 grams.
  • Dimensions 7 x 3 x 2 inches.
PROS (What we liked)
  • Multiple helpful features that cover everything you need.
  • Intensity monitor to monitor heavy workout sessions.
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 must-have accessory for every person who needs to exercise. They encourage you to continue working hard to become fit and displays your progress in a tangible manner. All the tips and guides in this article will help you pick the best one.

If budget is a constraint and you need a basic fitness tracker, then Mi Smart Band is recommended for you. If money is no concern, Fitbit Charge 2 is one of the best. the other options in this guide will also serve you well.

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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