How to Pick a Fitness Tracker for Your Workout Style

Thinking about getting a fitness tracker but don’t know which one is right for you? There are lots of different options for fitness trackers and wearable fitness bands that it can be a little confusing. If you’re a fitness fanatic or you just love the idea of analyzing your workout, fitness trackers are awesome gadgets and a growing trend in the world of workouts.

So we’ve done the hard yards to give you the skinny on our top pick fitness trackers, to help you choose one to best suit your workout style.

Read on to see which fitness tracker will suit you:

The everyday person who fits exercise into a busy lifestyle

If you live a very busy lifestyle and are looking to integrate your workout with all the other moving parts of your life then the Garmin Vivofit will suit you well. It has all of the great activity tracking features that are almost standard with fitness trackers (sleep monitoring, step counter, calorie counter), but it also connects to your smartphone and vibrates for calls, alerts, text messages and emails. Great for when you’re on the run, so you never miss that important phone call.  It also has inactivity alerts to get you up and moving when you’ve been sitting at your desk for too long. Plus the Garmin Vivofit sometimes comes with a separate heart rate monitor as an extra feature. As most fitness trackers do, it has a specific Garmin Connect app that will sync with your device to let you know all of your stats on your smartphone.

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Best for: Everyday fitness

Features included: Inactivity alerts, sleep tracker, calorie counter, step counter, activity tracker, personalised goals, real time live tracking feature, heart rate monitor comes separately.

What it doesn’t have: Garmin Vivofit doesn’t sync to other fitness apps.

What app does it connect to? Garmin Connect™ Mobile app.

Is my device compatible? The Garmin Connect™ Mobile app is compatible with both iOS and Android.

For fitness fanatics who love to keep active

If you’re very into your sports and enjoy a wide range of exercise options, the Fitbit flex is a good choice. Compared to other fitness trackers, Fitbit flex technology is built to sync with a range of fitness and health apps including My Fitness Pal, making it very compatible and can track a wide range of stats including activity, food, sleep, water, body mass, weight and more. It is easy to wear and a popular choice in the wearables market.

Fitbit Flex blakc

Best for: Fitness fanatics 

Features included: silent wake alarm, sleep tracker, calorie counter, step counter, activity tracker including distance travelled, food logging, personalised goals, inactivity alerts,

What it doesn’t have: No screen display, led lights show progress. No heart rate monitor.

What app does it connect to? Fitbit app. Fitbit also syncs with many other health and fitness apps. Fitbit.com membership allows you to track activity, weight and body mass online.

Is my device compatible? Fitbit app is compatible with iOS and Android.

The social workout lover

Do you love working out with friends and looking good while you exercise? We suggest the Misfit Flash for its stylish design and social features. The Misfit app allows you to connect with friends and compare stats with a leaderboard, which works well for people who are motivated socially. The only downside is that you can only connect with other misfit owners, so make sure you grab some for your friends as well. Pressing down on the display with show led lights which indicate how your workout is progressing. A stylish and basic fitness wearable.

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Best for:
 A stylish look and social connections with your workout.

Features included: Friends and family can complete using Misfit app. Display shows watch function, app features personalised goals, sleep tracker, calorie counter, step counter.

What it doesn’t have: No heart rate monitor, display shows progress but doesn’t display counter.

What app does it connect to? Misfit app

Is my device compatible? Misfit app is compatible with both iOS and Android.

For when you need the motivate to lose weight

If you’ve set yourself some personal goals of getting healthy this year, the Jawbone UP is a good choice. The smart coach feature will motivate you to push your goals with personal challenges. On the food tracking side, it has a easy to use food logging program to improve the quality of your nutrition and get you to your ideal weight by logging food and drink choices and calories. Simply pop in the meal details or scan the barcode of the product you’re consuming. This provides you with a Food Score to help educate you on food choices. The Jawbone is also compatible with many other health apps.

Jawbone blueBest for: Keeping motivated and getting healthy.

Features included: Friends and family can complete using Jawbone Up app. App also provides sleep tracking, smart alarm, smart coach, calorie counter, step counter, personalized goal tracker.

What it doesn’t have: Led display lights up to show your mode status but no other screen display.

What app does it connect to? Jawbone UPSimilar to Vivofit, Jawbone is also compatible with many other fitness app listed.

Is my device compatible? Jawbone Up is compatible with both iOS and Android.

If you’re serious about your training

The Withings Pulse O2 is a great wearable fitness tracker for those who are really into their training. Compared to other fitness trackers, the Withings Pulse O2 not only tracks steps, calories and personal goals but also tracks altitude and elevation, heart rate and blood oxygen levels. This wearable is also a good choice for athletes as it shows an overall health representation taking into account weight, activity, sleep and heart health and encourages you to work on areas of weakness, rather than setting your own priorities.

Withings Pulse O2Best for: Increasing your fitness levels and overall heart health.

Features included: Blood oxygen and heart rate monitors, display shows steps and calories, touchscreen allows you to view past history on the device, altitude tracker, sleep tracker, calorie counter, step counter, elevation climbed, personalized goal tracker, badging system allows to to gamify your fitness tracking, friends and family can complete using the Health Mate app, food logging, real-time coaching.

What it doesn’t have: Withings Pulse O2 covers almost all features that other fitness wearables have.

What app does it connect to? Works with the Health Mate App.

Is my device compatible? Withings Pulse O2 is compatible with both iOS and Android.

With all of that knowledge to take in, hopefully you have a better understanding of what you are looking for in a fitness tracker. Of course, each device will have loads of features so make sure you know which features you are interested in and choose the device best suited to your lifestyle.

If you are in the mood to shop for a fitness tracker, there are top brands available on Catch of the Day, so check it out!

Do you have a fitness tracker? What do you like or dislike about it? Did we miss any important features? Let us know in the comments.

Top 10 ‘Back-To-Work’ Workout Tips

By Gemma Jordan

So, it’s February. Even if your New Year’s health and fitness resolutions are still going strong, staying consistent with fitness around a full time job is hard. It hurts, it’s raining, you’re hungry, sore and tired from the daily grind – we get it! That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to power you through until 2016.

Revolutionise your commute                             

Take the rage out of your morning A to B. Can you walk, jog or cycle to work, or maybe get off the train a stop earlier? Use route planners or local cycle trail maps and see if you can find a way to get those endorphins pumping before you even open your emails.

Stand up for your health

Research suggests that sitting down all day can be pretty bad for your health – humans just weren’t designed for it! A few of the Catch team have been trialling stand-up desking and have already noticed improvements in their energy and well-being. Check out how stand up desks can actually help your posture. Not for you? Try taking calls standing up, walking meetings and talking to people face-to-face instead of messaging.

Lunch, to-go!

Forget dining at your desk; get up and get out (if it’s not raining). A 20 minute walk around the block can make all the difference in how you feel during the afternoon – making you more productive, and of course, upping your activity level for the day!

Get nerdy, stat

On that note, if you love results, a fitness tracker like the Garmin vivofit is exactly what you need to motivate you to up your movement. Trust us, once you get one of these on, it’s hard not to get a little obsessed with those stats!

FitBit

Prioritise your time

Training around a 9-5 job can be a real challenge, but blocking off ‘exercise time’ and planning ahead are the key. Set your alarm an hour earlier, or pack your dinner to eat around 4pm (take lunch early) and train straight after work – freeing up the rest of your evening. If your office has a gym, sign up and avoid rush hour to boot!

Change it up

Doing too much of anything is never a good thing, and current research suggests that the body responds better when exposed to a different kind of movement from time to time. So, if you’re a die-hard runner, you might want to check out your local yoga studio or pool and if you live for Pilates, maybe mix it up with some HIIT training or CrossFit.

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Yoga is a great activity to unwind and re-energise

Cut costs

If changing it up sounds like an expensive deal, it doesn’t need to be. Look for trial memberships (there’s plenty on Scoopon). Some yoga studios encourage you to offer your time to help out with cleaning and other tasks in exchange for free membership. If that’s not available, try some bodyweight training at home which requires zero equipment!

Eat for recovery

Hydrating and refuelling properly is the best way to recover after training. If time’s short, a coconut water and whey/pea protein shake blend or bliss balls will give you a boost, but try to eat ‘real’ food, dense in nutrients, such as lean meat, fish, eggs, avocado, nuts, seeds, leafy greens and whole grains like quinoa or brown rice.

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Refuelling with a protein shake is the best way recover

Teamworking rocks

Your colleagues can be an awesome source of motivation and support, so why not see if a few of them want to do a 30-day challenge, sign up for a charity race or The Colour Run, or take up a new team sport together. You’re more likely to stick with it if you have company!

Snooze & you lose

Forget the Saturday sleep in – keep your body clock regular by getting up at the same time on the weekend as you do during the working week. You could use that extra hour to take a walk, work out, or even better, plan a fun activity like stand up paddle boarding or hiking!

Maybe you have your own ways of keeping on top of your health and fitness goals during busy work periods – post your tips in the comments section below!