Wearable Technology Reviews and Reccs

The big gift this Christmas is wearable technology.  With Apple releasing their Apple Watch and the competition between brands like Fitbit, Jawbone, Samsung, and Garmin, there are more choices than ever.

Fitness Tracker
Fitbit.  The pioneer in the Wearable Technology game, Fitbit offers something for every price range.  The Fitbit Charge is the Cadillac of their models with the ability to track workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and steps.  Want something more simple and cost effective?  How about this super cute Fitbit Flex in pink? 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 6.56.57 AMAll you droid lovers will enjoy the Samsung lineup of Smart Watches.  The Gear Fit tracks heart rate and activity while keeping you connected to your apps, messages, and phone.  The Gear Fit is small and sleak, so you can wear it 24 hours a day to help you reach your fitness goals. It is also dust and water resistant, and compatible with Galaxy devices.  Want something a little more complex?  Take a look at the Samsung Gear 2 Neo Watch.

Misfit offers the Flash, which is the least expensive piece Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 7.10.07 AMto make this list.  It has all of the necessities of a fitness tracker offering activity and sleep monitoring with a water resistant design and long lasting battery life, without all of the lavishness that the other models offer.  It comes in six colors and all for under thirty bucks.

 

 

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Garmin is a brand that is well-known and well-loved by runners.  Now they offer their version of an activity tracker with their latest the Garmin Vivofit 2.  It comes with activity tracking and this device will alert you every 15 minutes that you are inactive to get up and move.  If you are looking for accountability, this is a great choice for you.  It comes in two choices, with or without the heart rate monitor.

 

And last but certainly not least, the Apple Watch.  This is the Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 7.17.10 AMmecca of wearable technology with an aluminum case, stainless steel pin, and splash (sweat) resistant design. It boasts a heart rate sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope, as well as an ambient light sensor and retina display with Force Touch. The bands come in various colors and it looks like a normal watch, so you can wear it all the time recording your stats to send to your iPhone, iPad, or other Apple devices.  It comes with a hefty price tag, but if you love Apple products and fitness, then the Apple Watch may just be worth it.

With prices ranging from as low as $30 to over $400, there is a fitness tracker for everyone! Surprise your fitness guru with their very own piece of wearable technology this Christmas!

Pro Tip: On a budget?  Amazon offers great deals on their open box products. Why buy open box? They are deeply discounted, but checked for quality, and offer a 30 day return policy. With Amazon Prime‘s free shipping, there is no reason not to.

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About the Author:
Mandy Skinner is the author of the Soccer Mom with Muscles blog as well as the Fitness editor for Healthy Moms Magazine.  She is the proud mom of two, Sean and Sarah, as well as a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach devoted to living healthy and happy.  In addition to her athletic endeavors, Mandy is a constant advocate of healthy and active living.  
Follow Mandy on Instagram @mandyjskins or Twitter @mandyskinns
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