Getting Fit is Easy With Wearable Fitness Technology

Published On August 26, 2013 | Electronics

Summer is almost over but it’s not too late to get that bikini body. New wearable fitness technology helps track workouts so you can reach your fitness goals. Wearable fitness technology, like Nike FuelBand, Fitbit Flex, and Jawbone Up, make getting fit and staying fit a real walk in the park.

Nike FuelBand

The Nike FuelBand offers an easy way to keep track of daily activities to help you with your fitness goals. Worn like a watch, the Nike FuelBand has many features including tracking for running, dancing, walking, and even calories burned. The FuelBand can even be used as a pedometer to track steps taken throughout a workout or over the course of a day.

Nike FuelBand measures activity in something called NikeFuel. You can set NikeFuel goals as a means of motivation. As you burn calories and get moving, you’ll earn NikeFuel which will translate to real results. The Nike FuelBand offers other motivational features like the ability to connect with friends and compete with yourself.

The Nike FuelBand has Wi-Fi capabilities and uses special Nike Connect software to communicate your progress with your home computer. You can also use the Nike FuelBand with the FuelBand app for added functions. The FuelBand is available for around $150.

Fitbit Flex

Fitbit Flex is another option in wearable fitness technology. Fitbit Flex is similar to the Nike FuelBand in that it too is worn around the wrist and helps track daily activity. Not only does Fitbit Flex track steps walked and calories burned, it can also be used to track sleeping patterns.

The Flex offers wireless syncing with smartphone devices for ease of tracking progress and meeting goals. You can connect with friends to set challenges and earn badges, making fitness fun. Syncing to your computer allows you access to personalized charts and graphs to help you see your progress and where you want to be.

The Fitbit Flex is a big bang for the buck, running around $99 which is about $50 less than the competition. If $99 is above your price range, Fitbit offers other devices like the Fitbit Zip for around $60.

Jawbone Up

Up by Jawbone is another fitness wristband that can be used to track daily fitness goals and progress. Up is more focused on overall health and offers functions to track not only exercise and sleep but also meals and moods. By tracking other factors like mood, sleep and eating habits, Up offers a way to look at your overall lifestyle and how everyday things effect our health.

Up is used in combination with an app so you can visually see your progress with charts and graphs. Up also has special features like an idle alert to help motivate you when you’ve been inactive for too long. It even has something called a “smart alarm” so if worn during sleep, the Up will wake you during the best sleep cycle to leave you feeling rested and ready to take on the day.

Wearable fitness technology makes setting, and more importantly, reaching fitness goals easier than ever before.

— By Stephanie Willingham

Stephanie Willingham is a contributing writer for a variety of industry blogs. She has professional experience in the medical and financial fields.



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