Prevent Holiday Weight Gain: 5 Best Wearable Fitness Gadgets

Published On October 22, 2014 | Electronics

The holidays are fast approaching and with the holidays comes the irresistible siren’s call of cookies, pies, and every other decadent, fattening treat. Don’t let the holiday bulge get you this year.

Wearable fitness gadgets make sticking to your fitness plan and reaching your fitness goals a cinch. The ease of use, improvements in technology, and the availability of Wi-Fi have all made wearable fitness gadgets more and more popular.

Here are our picks for the five best wearable fitness gadgets to help you stay on track this holiday season.

Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit Flex is like a pedometer on steroids. It keeps track of steps, distances, calories burned, and even your sleep. With the purchase of the Fitbit Flex comes a membership to Fitbit.com where you can wirelessly log your activity and track food and water intake, weight, body mass, and sleep to help you reach your overall fitness goals. The Fitbit Flex has been a longstanding favorite not only for its fitness tracking capabilities but also for its sleek fashionable design.

The Fitbit Flex is available in ten eye-catching colors including teal, tangerine, lime, blue, and pink, but don’t worry if bright colors aren’t your thing. It also comes in more conservative black, slate, and navy blue. If dazzling colors aren’t impressive enough for you, there’s even a Tory Burch edition Fitbit Flex in gold. The Tory Burch Flex starts at $195.00 but you can get the regular Fitbit Flex for $99.95.

Jawbone UP

The Jawbone UP is similar to the Fitbit Flex, allowing you to track food and water intake, sleep, daily activities, and calories. The UP system helps users reach their goals by showing users how to make adjustments to their daily habits in order to see results over time. UP’s pedometer function can be set to alert you when you’ve been sitting still for too long with the Idle Alert.

UP also gives you access to a variety of popular restaurant menus to help you make smart choices when dining out. UP is available in a variety of popular colors like lime, persimmon, and blue. Prices start at $129.99.

Garmin Vivosmart

Garmin Vivosmart is a fitness band with smart technology. Not only does the Vivosmart help you track your fitness goals, it also notifies you when you get a text message, email, or call. The Vivosmart has an OLED display which is only visible when you activate the screen or get a notification, making it look more like a sleek accessory than a fitness band.

Garmin Vivosmart can help you stay motivated when combined with the Garmin Connect app, which allows you to challenge friends and earn virtual badges (and more importantly, bragging rights). The Vivosmart is black with an option of accent colors including blue, purple, pink, and gray. The Vivosmart can be had for $169.99 to $199.99.

Samsung Gear Fit

Like the Garmin Vivosmart, Samsung’s Gear Fit allows you to view texts, emails, and other alerts while tracking your activities. The Gear Fit is both dustproof and water resistant. The Gear Fit uses a system called S Health Partner to help track your steps, monitor your heart rate, and set-up real-time coaching for added motivation. The Gear Fit doubles as a fashionable accessory with interchangeable bands in a variety of colors. The Gear Fit is priced between $149.99 and $199.99.

Nike+FuelBand SE

Nike+FuelBand SE allows you to set a daily goal and monitor your progress throughout the day with real time feed-back. You can see which workouts or activities give you the most caloric burning bang for your buck as the Nike+FuelBand SE not only tracks the amount you work out but also the intensity. Intensity is measured in NikeFuel which you earn during your daily activities and workouts.

You can sync your Nike+FuelBand SE with your smartphone device for more functions and tracking ability. The Nike+FuelBand SE comes in all black or black with yellow or pink accents for $99.00. For $149 you can get the Nike+FuelBand SE in black with gold, silver, or rose gold accents.

Wearable fitness gadgets can help you fend off holiday weight gain and maintain a healthy lifestyle well after the holidays. So which one will you choose?

– By Jennifer Thayer

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