Looking to get back into shape so you can go out there and do your best LeBron impression on the court or show off your Tom Brady-like arm? We know how tough it is to get going, especially when life gets too busy and you haven’t had time to get out there and stay fit. But we’ve all also heard how a few hours of exercise a week can have a positive effect on your life, and taking the first few small steps is all you need to get going again, and get back on track or on a track.
Activity trackers can help anyone get going, from giving you a personal challenge to reach a certain number of steps each day (the recommended number is 10k), to reminding you to get up and move around, or even to have another glass of water. Many of these fitness trackers are extremely costly, but if you want to get out there and take those first few steps without digging too deep into your pockets, we’ve got a few suggestions that can help get you off the couch and back to playing flag football in no time.
Moov Now is one of the best fitness trackers out there for those of you who are already passed the getting off the couch stage. Moov Now is able to track not only your daily steps and calories burned, but also other activities you engage in while at the gym. It counts your repetitions, cycling, and even swimming strokes. It is obviously water proof (or else we wouldn’t recommend using it to track your swimming strokes), has a months long battery, an LED display and is compatible with both Android and iOS.
Moov Now was dubbed by wearables.com as the best fitness tracker for getting in shape.
It can purchased on Amazon for as little as $45.00.
The Jawbone UP3 counts your steps, tracks your sleep, calories burned and a whole bunch of other exercises automatically. Its battery lasts for a week, meaning you never really have to take it off.
For those of you who want to wear your fitness tracker everywhere without having a clunky strap on your arm, the Jawbone UP3 is the sleekest and one of the most stylish options. The only downside is that it doesn’t have a screen (which helps with the sleek look) and you have to use the application. BUT, the app itself is one of the best, and actually gives you feedback about your exercises and offers articles to help you improve your sleep.
The Jawbone UP3 costs just $44.00.
The Withings Go is a great, simple fitness tracker, even in its look. It has an e-ink display, which means it uses less power and the battery can last for up to eight months. The Withings Go counts your steps, calories, sleep, tracks your runs and your swimming strokes.
All the information from the tracker can be reviewed in its free app and the tracker itself comes in a variation of colors and can be worn on the wrist or on your clothing.
It can be purchased new starting from $49.95.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is probably the best fitness tracker when it comes to price. It was once available for purchase only in China, but is now sold worldwide. It has an OLED display, showing your stats on the go, and tracks your heart rate as well as your steps and sleep, alerts you of incoming calls and acts as an alarm. It comes in different colors and costs as low as $37.00.
Fitbit Flex 2
If you’ve read anything about fitness trackers, or ever seen anyone wearing one, odds are you’ve heard of Fitbit. The Fitbit products are everywhere, and there are many of them ranging from $59.95 to nearly $200.00 depending on the tracker. The Fitbit Flex 2 is the simplest of the bunch, with a sleek design but no screen. Instead the Flex offers an LED lighting system to guide you on how many steps you’ve already taken (one light for every 2,000 steps) and the Fitbit application that goes along with it for more details.
The Flex is also waterproof, to count your strokes, tracks your steps, calories, sleep and other activities.
It can be purchased on Amazon for $59.95.
The Misfit Ray is simple and stylish. It is great for getting you off the couch and going, but once you upgrade to tougher exercises you may want to replace it with another tracker on our list. But for those looking to get started, the Ray counts your steps, tracks your sleep, swimming and even yoga and cycling. The tracker also alerts you of incoming calls and text messages. The downside is that there is no heart rate or GPS tracker.
The misfit comes with different types of straps and colors to fit everyone’s’ personalities and costs $79.95 on Amazon.