Monitor your Active Life
Activity monitors took over the market in 2013, changing exercise forever. These mini-computers motivate us to be more active, all day. Every day. It can be as simple as walking instead of bussing or choosing the stairs over the elevator – reading your progress right away motivates you to continue substituting sedentary habits with exercise.
How, you ask?
By tracking every movement you make, analyzing the date and portraying it in a tangible, honest representation of your total daily exercise. It helps that said representation is pretty graphs and charts.
Using sensors, like an accelerometer that measures your speed and distance, transforming that data to “distance travelled” or “number of active minutes”.
Many newer models incorporate one or more of the following:
- Altimeter – measures altitude. You work harder when you’re on an incline or walking up steps, and your activity monitor should know it.
- Calorie calculator –counts calories for you. This makes every step all the more satisfying.
- Sleep monitor – watches you as you sleep. It records how long and well you snoozed.
Over time, you can literally SEE your progress in real time.
But… which one?
Perfect for people prone to losing keys or wallet, the wrist band stays on your person all day. However, if work requires a ton of arm movement, you might want to get a clip. The clip is great for people who want something discrete or already have too many bracelets.
Here are our suggestions:
Basis B1 Band
Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
4 day battery
Fitbit – Force, Flex or One
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$60 – 130
Android, iOS, Web (Windows, Mac)
5 – 10 day battery
10 day battery
Heart & Sleep Monitor
14 day battery