Health meets technology in the San Francisco-based fitness brand, Fitbit. The company specialises in creating sophisticated wristbands that monitor everything from steps taken to calories burned while also tracking the wearer’s food intake, weight and sleep. Their new band, ‘Fitbit Alta’, goes the extra mile in style and performance, to make you look and feel your best.
Fitbit has upped its game to make ‘Fitbit Alta’ one of the top bands in fitness technology. The wristband tracks the wearer’s activity, while also sending optional friendly ‘Reminders to Move’ – shown on the vibrant face display – that push the wearer to reach an hourly goal of 250 steps.
‘SmartTrack’ is perhaps its most ingenious feature. Through automatically recognising and recording select exercises like walking, running, biking and sport, ‘SmartTrack’ notes all physical activity – not just what you do at the gym. Those stats are then recorded within the Fitbit app. The wristband has a modern silver stainless steel body and, with the option to change up the colour and material of your band, wearers are more in control of their appearance than ever before.
Other impressive features include receiving call and text notifications, time display, calendar alerts and sleep monitoring. Fitbit will also wirelessly sync your stats to smart phones and computers.
’Fitbit Alta’, £99.99.
For more information, visit Fitbit’s websiteWriter: Lee Styer
The wristbands feature ’Reminders to Move’, sleep tracking and all-day activity monitoring
’Fitbit Alta’ comes ready-to-wear in a ’classic’ rubber iteration in either black (shown), blue or plum
The ’luxe leather band’ is a soft and sophisticated alternative, offered in blush pink or graphite
The stainless steel silver bangle will be offered this summer...
... with a shiny gold bangle coming later in the year
Also from ‘Fitbit’ is ‘Fitbit Blaze’, a smart fitness watch. The device tags nearly every aspect of a busy lifestyle, from monitoring health to alerting you to calls and texts. It’s just as sleek as ‘Fitbit Alta’, with interchangeable bands and frames and a clear, easy to read touch-screen display that offers a variety of clock face designs to fit your personal style.
One standout feature of the ‘Blaze’ is ‘FitStar’, which offers guided on-screen workouts with animated images, accessible without an app or smartphone. The watch also comes with connected GPS that delivers exercise stats like distance and pace. After you’re finished, they sync wirelessly to the Fitbit dashboard to let you review your route, speed and elevation in more detail.
To help you track your heart rate, ‘Blaze’ offers ‘PurePulse’. It will monitor your heart rate during a workout and also while you’re at rest for a fuller insight into your personal health. Use the ‘Multi-sport mode’ to record specific activities like biking and running, as well. Full music control and the option to share stats with friends makes the ‘Fitbit Blaze’ watch an even more personal proposition than the brand’s other devices, fitting effortlessly into your daily routine.
’Fitbit Blaze’, £159.99.
For more information, visit Fitbit’s website
’Fitbit Blaze’ offers a clear and vibrant face display
The watch allows the wearer to track health progress through easy-to-read charts and graphs, weight tracking and progressive achievement badges
The ’classic,’ available in black, blue (shown) or plum, is perfect for every day wear
A ’luxe leather’ band has a professional edge
Change up your style with the third option, ’luxe metal’
From Garmin International comes the ‘vívoactive HR’, a GPS smartwatch with wrist heart rate technology and everyday movement monitoring. From each step taken to floors climbed, the watch will keep track of your activity while also looking after your sleep cycle. The ‘vívoactive HR’ even has built-in GPS-enabled sports apps for walking, running, biking, golfing and more. During workouts, the wearer can monitor the intensity of the fitness activities and calories burned via the 24/7 wrist-based heart rate data.
The watch is also perfect for swimmers. In addition to tracking total and interval time, distance, pace, stroke count and type, the swimming app measures stroke efficiency and features easy pausing for rests between laps.
The ‘vívoactive HR’ also includes ‘Garmin Move IQ’, a new feature that continuously monitors the wearer for periods of sustained activity. With ‘Move IQ’, the ‘vívoactive HR’ will automatically recognise activities like walking, running, and biking and with ‘Garmin Connect’, stats are reviewable in a convenient timeline view.
From controlling your workout soundtrack to receiving incoming calls, texts and emails, connecting with friends on social media and comparing your results with others for some extra motivation, ’vívoactive HR’ will help you reach your fitness goals.
The ’vívoactive HR’ will be available next month, £209.99.
For more information, visit Garmin’s website
Garmin’s ’vívoactive HR’ helps track your active moments throughout the day, from running and walking to swimming and skiing
The smartwatch has a 24/7 wrist-based heart-rate monitor that can be used to track calories burned and measure your workout’s intensity
By Under Armour
From fitness brand Under Armour comes the ‘UA Band’. Sporting the signature Under Armour red and white colours, the band alerts you when you’ve been inactive for too long. From counting your steps to monitoring your sleep, it promises to track all of your day time activity.
Your data will automatically sync with ‘UA Record’ for real-time stats, and then store that information for up to seven days. With ‘UA Record’, wearers can view their progress, set goals, track nutrition and create challenges with friends. Users can also choose their workout and start tracking and recording for customised calculation while also selecting music for the daily morning run.
Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour says, ’For 20 years, Under Armour has changed the way athletes dress and now we will change the way athletes live.’
With the ability to also receive call, text and email notifications, this band will fit into your life--no sweat.
‘UA Band’, $180 USD.
For more information, visit Under Armour’s website or HTC’s website
Your stats will automatically sync with ’UA Record’; it will then store that information for up to seven days so you can review your progress and set new goals
‘UP3’ is a lightweight tracker from wearable technology brand Jawbone. Aside from its sophisticated design, the tracker focuses on three key aspects of your fitness: heart health, sleep and physical activity.
The rubber tracker is designed to give a complete picture of your heart health. Via bioimpedance sensors, the band measures the electrical currents in your skin, and tracks your resting and passive heart rates. ‘UP3’ encourages you to make the right dietary choices and to stay active so that you can lower your heart rate and take on the day ahead. The tracker will measure your passive heart rate at regular intervals throughout the day so you can see how routine stress and external factors affect your health.
Jawbone’s tracker also understands just how much of your life is spent sleeping. They’ve designed ‘UP3’ to track your sleep automatically during deep, light and REM sleep, and to provide tips to give you a better night’s rest.
‘Smart Coach’ is a personal trainer you can wear on your wrist, thanks to ‘UP3’. It encourages you to make healthy choices and celebrates with you along the way. The more you wear your tracker, the more personalised ‘Smart Coach’ becomes.
With so many great fitness options, you’ll certainly want to get up and get moving.
For more information, visit Jawbone’s website
’UP3’ is lightweight, sleek, and comfortable for all day, every-day wear
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