4 wearable tech trackers to help you get fit in a flash
The wearable technology revolution is most certainly here (we have two words: Apple. Watch.). Look around and you’ll notice a fitness tracker on the wrist of more than just the gym rats–everyone seems to be tracking steps and counting their zzzzzs these days. Here’s a look at three of the top wearable tech items, plus one for your favorite furry friend.
Simple and sleek
The UP band doesn’t give you information at your fingertips, but it does automatically send all the data it collects to your cell phone via WiFi. If you’re looking to simply count steps, get reminders to get moving and track your sleep, this band is a relatively inexpensive way to get into the wearable tech trend. UP by Jawbone, $129.99, target.com
The vivoactive watch from Garmin counts steps and calories burned throughout the day and also features GPS technology to track runs, bike rides, swims and more. Pair it with a heart rate monitor strap and you’ll be able to track that key stat, as well. Oh, and if you’re a golfer, you can download maps for more than 38,000 courses worldwide. Garmin vivoactive GPS multisport watch, $250, rei.com
All the bells and whistles
The Apple Watch will be available for pre-order April 10 and officially launches April 24. In addition to tracking fitness stats, the Apple Watch will run a multitude of apps including Facebook and Twitter. You’ll be able to read emails, text and take calls. It’s essentially an iPhone for your wrist. Apple Watch, starting at $349, apple.com
And finally, if you’re worried that your pooch is spending too much time lounging around while you’re at work, check out the Whistle. This little piece of wearable tech attaches to your dog’s collar and will track time on walks, runs, swimming and, of course, when your pup is at rest. It’s compatible with Apple or Android devices so you can get a better sense of your dog’s well-being. Whistle activity monitor for dogs, $99.99, Best Buy