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Fitness Devices: Everything You Need To Know

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Fitness devices have dominated the health and technology market for some time now, with more and more people tracking everything from their daily steps to their sleeping patterns.  These devices have encouraged a whole generation to move more, resulting in all-round healthier individuals who are actively aware of their fitness capabilities.

There are many versions of the fitness trackers from Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone and Misfit, each offering different features to suit your personal needs.  If you’re planning on joining the wearable technology craze, it might be a somewhat daunting task finding the right one. That’s why we’ve put together a list of devices and their features so you’re in the know when choosing a lifestyle tracker.  But first, let’s recap why it’s smart to have a fitness device in the first place.

Here’s a list of reasons how a fitness device can benefit your health:

 

Personalized goals

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just aiming to get your 10k steps in a day, a fitness tracker allows you to set, track and eventually meet your goals.

 

Unknowingly pushes you

A fitness tracker tracks your goals and progress, and psychologically, without you even knowing it, motivates you to take those extra few steps, work out a little longer and reach your personal best.

 

Social accountability

Many fitness devices’ apps offer a social function where you can participate in daily or even weekly challenges. Seeing others move more may encourage you to get off the couch and get walking. The social aspect not only motivates you, but also makes exercise fun and exciting where you can take part in friendly challenges with your friends and family.

 

Change habits for the better

Many people who own a fitness device can testify that you make small changes in your personal life to reach your goals faster. These may include taking the stairs instead of using the office lift, parking further away from the store entrance and taking more frequent bathroom breaks. All of these will get your heart pumping faster which is great for your overall health.

 

Sleep better

Not only will you sleep better because your fitness device gets you to be more active, but you’ll be able to monitor and improve your sleeping patterns. Many fitness devices track your sleeping patterns by telling you how many times you were restless, how many times you woke up during the night and the total amount of hours you slept. By keeping track of this information you’ll be able to make small adjustments to your life like going to bed earlier, drinking less fluids before turning in or allowing yourself to sleep later in the morning to ensure that you get a better night’s rest.

 

A variety of options

With so many fitness trackers available on the market today, you’ll easily find a tracker with the functions that’ll suit your needs best. Added functions vary between a heart monitor, sleep tracker, step tracker and even a GPS function.

Now that we know why fitness trackers are beneficial to our health, let’s take a look at some of the bestsellers and what they have to offer:

Fitbit Charge 2

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The Fitbit Charge 2 has been described as being the best fitness tracker you can buy now. It offers features like a heart monitor, sleep tracking, step counting, Bluetooth syncing and breathing training. All these features come together with a very easy-to-use application and a device with a battery life that’ll last up to five days.

If general well-being is what you’re looking to improve, then the Fitbit Charge 2 is a great choice.

 

Jawbone UP3

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The Jawbone UP3 has been revered for its sleep tracking capabilities. The fitness device offers in-depth sleep tracking by monitoring a user’s respiration rate and body temperature and can track your REM, light and deep-sleep statistics.

Other features the Jawbone UP3 includes is a heart monitor and a step counter.

 

Garmin Vivoactive HR

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What makes the Garmin Vivoactive HR stand out is its GPS tracking system that can accurately track running, cycling, swimming and even golf with live pace and distances.

This device is for the athlete determined to get accurate stats to improve skill, endurance and abilities. The Garmin Vivoactive HR also includes a heart rate monitor and can send you notifications that will keep you in the know about your progress.

 

Misfit Shine 2

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The Misfit Shine 2 offers you a wide variety of tracking. The device has the ability to track activities like running, cycling, swimming, tennis, soccer and basketball in addition to its sleep and step tracker. What makes the device stand out is that it suggests where on your body to wear the device when you’re doing different exercises. For example, the app will suggest that you put the device in your shoe when cycling for a more accurate report.

Now you know more about fitness devices and how they can benefit your life. To give you a bigger perspective on the successes of wearable devices, here are some amazing facts about them. (Please note that these also include other devices like smartwatches and Google glasses in addition to fitness devices.)

 

Facts and stats about wearable devices

  • The wearable device market passed the $1.9 billion mark in 2015 and is expected to surpass the $6.8 billion point by 2017.
  • Over 50 million wearable devices were shipped in 2015 and it’s expected that more than 125 million to be shipped in 2019.
  • It’s been reported that employees who make use of a wearable device had an increase of 8.5% in their productivity.
  • Google glasses, which is a form of wearable device, is predicting to sell more than 21 million units in 2018.
  • One in six consumers own and use a wearable device.
  • Almost 50% of people who opt for a wearable device are between the ages of 18 and 34.
  • It’s estimated that over 50 billion internet-connected devices will exist across the globe by 2020.

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RYNO is the content coordinator for GetSavvi health insurance. He regularly writes about health and lifestyle topics and manages GETSAVVI HEALTH'S SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES. A Journalism graduate from the University of Pretoria, he worked as a hard news journalist before making his way to marketing. He loves his two beautiful Labradors, and when he is not walking them on the beach, he's probably trying to follow his own health and lifestyle advice by trading in the take-aways for a healthy, home-cooked meal.

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