You have every intention of getting to the gym or at least taking the stairs everyday, but when the rubber meets the road (shoe rubber, that is), you’re probably still relaxing on the couch with your feet propped up. Maybe you blame your aching joints or flagging energy, but the problem probably is that you just aren’t motivated enough (and no one is there to give you a kick in the pants!).
A fitness tracker could be just the accountability tool you need. In fact, in a recent small study of women in their 50s and 60s, wearing a fitness tracker (in this case, a Fitbit) was shown to increase the amount of time the women spent exercising and the number of steps they took per day.
Below we’ve compiled a list of fitness trackers from “best of” guides from Wareable.com, Tomsguide.com and PC Magazine, which you may want to try. All trackers monitor the basics, including steps, calories burned and sleep*, plus the additional unique features listed and then some. Consult the links for more complete information about each product.
If you can’t decide on which fitness tracker is right for you, try five fitness trackers for two weeks using Lumoid. The $30 fee is refundable with the purchase of a tracker.
Misfit™ Flash, MSRP: $29.99
Shows progress toward your daily activity goal. Water-resistant and available in a wide array of colors.
Jawbone® UP MOVE™, MSRP: $49.99
Works with the new Smart Coach feature in the Up app to give you advice on how to improve your health. Splash-proof and comes in a variety of brilliant colors.
Jawbone® UP3™ MSRP: $179.99
Tracks hours slept and quality of sleep.* Also allows you to monitor the food you eat and works with the Smart Coach feature in the Up app to give you health advice based on your activity. Water-resistant.
Fitbit Charge HR™, MSRP: $149.99
Continuously monitors your heart rate (both active and resting) for better feedback on your activity and overall health. Water-resistant.
Time & Style
Withings Activité, MSRP: $450.00
Tells the time and tracks your activity—all in a stunning Swiss-made analogue watch format. Sports strap takes it from shopping to working out. Water-resistant.
Apple Watch, MSRP: $349.00+
Shows everything from how often you stand up during your workday to how many minutes of brisk activity you log, with progress updates toward your goals. Water-resistant with many attractive styles available.
If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad with iOS 8 or 9, you can aggregate all of the information from these wearable fitness trackers as well as data like blood pressure, and blood sugar and cholesterol levels from your physician using the Health app. This app also allows you to track this information over time.
*Sleep experts are wary of fitness trackers’ ability to accurately monitor sleep patterns. If you have a sleeping problem, please consult your physician.