Wearable Fitness Tech in Every Price Range
Fitness and health are vital components to a balanced lifestyle. Ask most people and they likely have some sort of health or fitness-related goal.
And now, with many people having to monitor their own exercise routines because of the pandemic, wearable technology makes it easier than ever to keep on top of your goals. It encourages healthy habits by tracking and analyzing various stats and their impact on your health.
Many options are available on the market for wearable technology. Most come in a watch-based design, but there are alternatives as well.
Many of these tech companies even offer a variety of options, making it easy to find the best wearable fitness for your particular wants, needs, and budget. Most trackers have the same basic elements but with various advanced features.
So before you buy, consider what you want from your wearable technology as well as what types of devices you already have that are compatible. The following are among some of the top options to consider.
Fitbit Versa 2 has the same features as the Charge 4 but is a smartwatch with a larger touchscreen face and hundreds of available apps you can download. If you have an Amazon Alexa, you can use the Versa 2 to connect directly to it.
Battery: over six days per charge
Fitbit Charge 4 is a balance between a smartwatch and a more basic tracker. It does not have the larger face of a smartwatch and only has basic apps included. But it can track many things, such as your 24/7 heart rate and sleep, to give you a more in-depth health profile on the app.
It comes with a built-in GPS, so you do not need your phone to record outdoor workouts. It also includes Spotify Control if you have a Spotify premium membership and offers the option to play from your watch.
Battery: up to seven days per charge
Fitbit Inspire is the most basic, cost-effective model the company offers. It is a smaller size with fewer features but still has a digital clock face with stats, reminders, and pace and distance in real time. You can also receive notifications from your smartphone.
To track heart rate and related stats like sleep or cardio-fitness scores, you will need the Inspire HR. The regular Inspire includes steps taken, distance, calories burned, hourly activity, and stationary time.
Battery: up to five days per charge
Garmin vivofit 4 is Garmin’s basic fitness watch. It tracks steps, distance, and calories burned and has Move IQ to track and classify activity on Garmin Connect, the included app it syncs to. You can also use it for alarms, reminders, the weather, and as a timer.
Battery: Over a year
Garmin vivosmart is the next step up from the vivofit, adding the ability to track heart rate and blood oxygen saturation to gather even more data. It has advanced sleep tracking, stress monitoring, and Body Battery energy monitoring to keep you aware of activity or rest needs.
This wearable has some smartwatch features, such as vibrating notifications, activity trackers, and the ability to connect to your smartphone’s GPS to record outdoor activity.
Battery: up to seven days per charge
Garmin vivoactive 4 is one of Garmin’s smartwatch models with a larger, round face and touchscreen with available apps. Some of the additional features are music on your phone, preloaded sports apps, workout animations viewable on the watch screen, and location sharing for safety and tracking.
Battery: up to seven days
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is another smartwatch with a large, round face. It tracks activity and workouts, heart rate, sleep, and stress levels. You can also use apps on the watch to stream music or YouTube, answer calls or texts, get notifications, meditate, and more.
The Active 2 also offers either a golf or Under Armour edition with special features. The golf edition includes satellite maps of 40,000-plus courses and real-time data and coaching for your game. The Under Armour edition focuses on running with form coaching.
Battery: up to three to four days
Samsung Galaxy Fit is the more basic wearable tracker from Samsung. It has a smaller touchscreen that can show notifications from your phone, basic information, and workout data. This device tracks heart rate, sleep, activity, calories, caffeine and water intake, and workouts.
Battery: up to one week
Withings Move Watch is an activity tracker with a traditional analog face and no touchscreen. It has a third dial on its face to track activity. Information is then synced to the free Health Mate app for tracking and analysis.
It has an internal GPS and automatically tracks activity, or you can start a manual workout by pressing the side button. It also tracks sleep and sleep stages and has alarms and Smart Wake-up included.
Battery: up to 18 months
Cost: starting at $69.95*
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4 is a smaller watch device with a basic touchscreen to view data, calls, texts, and notifications. It tracks heart rate, sleep, activity, and workout data. It also syncs data with the Mi Fit app to record and analyze information gathered.
Battery: up to 20 days
Cost: starting at $29.99*
Apple Watch Series 5 is more of a smartwatch with fitness features and capabilities. It is compatible with thousands of apps, including many fitness-related ones. It tracks heart rate, activity, sleep, and fitness activities.
The Apple Watch has motivating factors, such as three colored activity rings you work to close based on personal goals. Other unique health-related features include an ECG app to check your heart’s rhythm and noise warnings to protect your hearing.
For those with diabetes, it can check glucose levels from your monitor. It also has fall detection that can automatically notify emergency services or emergency contacts. It has a shorter battery life than other wearable technology, so it can’t be used for 24/7 monitoring.
Battery: up to 18 hours per charge
Cost: starting at $399*
WHOOP is a fitness tracker band without any watch face or screen that does 24/7 monitoring. The strap itself is the tracker that gathers data for the WHOOP app. The app analyzes and breaks the data down into detailed reports for the categories of sleep, recovery, and strain.
It includes feedback for all parts of your life, not just fitness, and shows how everything affects your health in different ways.
Battery: five days (a charged battery pack fits on the strap while worn for uninterrupted monitoring)
Cost: the basic wristband is included in the subscription costs of $30 per month*
Oura Ring is an excellent option if you want something more subtle. This ring uses sensors to track heart rate, movement, and temperature to record activity, workouts, sleep, and more. The data is synced to an app that provides analysis, insights, and interpretation of what the numbers mean for your personal health and habits.
Battery: up to seven days, wireless charger completes in one hour
Hexoskin is a smart garment company that offers machine-washable smart shirts that track cardiac (including ECG), respiratory, sleep, and activity data, which syncs to your device. Astronauts on the ISS used the Astroskin Bio-Monitor system and published reports found on the Hexoskin website.
Battery: 12-30 hours or more
Cost: ranges from $169 for the shirt (without necessary device included) to $579 for the pro kit.*
*All prices are based on the time of writing.