Gearing Up For Your 2016 Fitness Resolution

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Looking for some new gear to help kick-start that New Year’s Resolution? Many of us look to the New Year as a time to start fresh, begin new endeavors and start living healthier lifestyles. With the advancement in technologies, wearables have become a huge there are tons of different options to accompany you on your fitness journey. Here are some great choices for wearable fitness companions.

Microsoft Band ( $249.99)

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Image: Microsoft

Powered by Microsoft Health, the Microsoft band is a great wearable band that helps to track your fitness all day long. Popularly advertised worn on the inside of the wrist, unlike many of its competition, the Microsoft band offers a variety of features for your fitness and productivity needs. Checking email, reviewing the last text received, skipping to the next song on your favorite playlist, recording the number of calories burned today or recording your latest run times, the Microsoft band allows quick access to this information right there on your wrist. One quick tap of the touch display and all the information you need is right there. The band lasts about 48 hours of normal use and reaches a complete charge in less than 90 minutes. Compatible with iOS, Windows and Android phones, the Microsoft band is available for purchase at your local Microsoft store, Best Buy, Sports Authority or through Amazon.

UP2 By Jawbone ($99.99)

Image: Jawbone

Image: Jawbone

UP2 by Jawbone is the same great wearable many of us have dabbled with for years but with a refined look of fashionable style. Coined for its new, more fashionable face lift, the UP2 by Jawbone comes in 8 different color choices to match with your personal style. Paired via Bluetooth with the jawbone app on your iOS, Android or Windows phone, the UP2 is the perfect fitness aid for those who want a wearable without the bulkiness of a display, yet still has all of the same features! With this device, you are able to track sleep, track daily activity, log meals/ food, set alarms to gently wake you up from sleep and more. In conjunction with the app, you’re also able to get tips on the best way to reach your goal and create challenges and teams to participate in with your friends! Lasting up to 10 days on one charge and charges to full in just about 90 minutes, this device Is great for those who are always on the go!

Fitbit Charge HR ($149.95)

Image: Fitbit

Image: Fitbit

Among the wearable market, Fitbit is one of the major contenders that most of us are familiar with. However, I’m pretty sure that if you’re not the biggest fitness addict but enjoy to work out and live healthy, like me, you didn’t know that Fitbit had about 7 – 10 different choices of wearables. I know, I was just as shocked as you are! Here we’re just going to explore the Fitbit Charge HR. This device gives you the familiar style and look that we are all accustomed to with the more popular Fitbit wearables, adding one component that not all of the others have – heart rate (which is where the HR comes from). Having the heart rate monitor built right into the Fitbit, it allows for in the moment feeds of how activity affects your heart. Using PurePulse technology adds for a more accurate read and pairing with your smartphone, aids in giving you more well-rounded information about your workouts. There are also different modes to set the Fitbit for quick references while you’re active. Lasting up to 5 days, you’re able to track both your workouts, activity and sleep as well as wireless sync to your iOS, Android or Windows phone for tracking.

MISFIT ($49.99, $29.99)

Image: Misfit

Image: Misfit

Now, for all who love interesting devices, I challenge you to consider the Misfit on your fitness journey. Unlike all the other devices listed here, the Misfit Flash runs on good, ol’fashion coin cell batteries, meaning you never have to charge it and the battery last for up to 6 months! How convenient! Compatible with iOS and Android devices, this nifty little device tracks: calories burned, distance traveled, steps taken, and sleep quality /duration. There is also a feature called the Smart Button that uses the link app to control your phone’s camera and music as well as connects to Spotify, Nest and more. In addition to all of these amazing features, the Misfit Flash can also be submerged in up to approximately 95 feet of water, so you literally never have to take it off.

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Melissa Pettiford
Melissa Pettiford
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