Today, people are tracking every aspect of their lives, particularly their health and fitness habits. But within the myriad of new devices to choose from, what are some of the best fitness trackers out there? And even more importantly, will they fit your needs as an individual? Because let’s face it, the fitness tracker needs of a dedicated athlete in prime shape are not quite the same as those of a senior citizen looking to maintain a healthy heart rate. Keeping all this in mind, we’ve found the best trackers for all of your health and lifestyle needs.
Looking to track sleep: Garmin Vivosmart 4
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is particularly well designed for people who are victims of sleep disturbances. This device utilizes movement trackers and heart rate data to better understand sleep patterns. The tracker not only establishes how many hours a user slept, but also how much time was spent in REM sleep, light sleep, and deep sleep. The tracker is even able to establish if and when a wearer woke up in the middle of the night, often time not recognizing that that was the case. One detail that would have been useful and that is usually accessible in other devices is an all-around sleep score, an excellent feature to get a quick read on the night’s rest. Because of how well it tracks oxygen flow, the Garmin Vivosmart 4 can help identify (but not diagnose!) sleep apnea.
12 and under: Fitbit Ace 2
Top tracker company Fitbit has done it again! They have completely nailed their children’s version of the device, making it as fun as something this tedious can be. Not only are the features a no-brainer for children to use, but it is designed to be as kid-proof as possible. This means that it was tested to survive the roughest of playtimes, including being stepped on and thrown across the room. The wrist band is well-designed to adjust to children between the ages of five and eleven without pinching or bunching in weird places. The tracked features are pretty basic and include steps, sleep, and active minutes, but all in picture format for an inclusive user experience.
Water sports enthusiasts: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
The problem with a lot of trackers is that they are not often waterproof enough to participate in water sports. As a result, the wearer doesn’t get to track swimming practice, and especially not scuba diving. But this is no more: the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro is completely waterproof up to fifty meters, a necessary feature for those fans of getting their workouts in the sea. The device can also store and stream music and has a built-in GPS for people with a lousy sense of direction. The only hiccup about this device is that it has a somewhat bulky design, something that can be hard to forgive when looking for a device designed for athletes.
Value for money: Fitbit Inspire/Fitbit Inspire HR
It’s all fine and well to want to track your health, but some of these fancy devices can run up a pretty hefty bill. The features are pretty basic as they just allow you to track steps, workouts, sleep, weight, water, and stress if you select the HR model. This is for sure a big step up from other budget trackers that offer fewer features and come in an unpleasant design. Fitbit still considers a stylish option for their cheaper tracker, ensuring that the design is created to fit well on the wrist, all the while looking spiffy as can be.