Which fitness band is better for you?

Nowadays, we’re all trying to get fit. The microwave meal generation has largely disappeared, and the subsequent fast food generation is on its way out, too. As a species, we are more aware than ever of the importance of a balanced diet and regular exercise. Awareness, though, is only one small part of the solution. The tricky bit is actually getting up and getting active, and keeping track of your activity is notoriously difficult. A new wave of technology, though, has come at just the right time, with the introduction of fitness bands to help you track your activity and keep fit in the modern age.

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Fitness bands, generally speaking, tend to be worn around the wrist like bracelets or watches (indeed, many of the models are designed to look like items of sporty jewellery), where they carry about their business of tracking your activity, pulse rate and sleep patterns in order to help you improve your health. It’s like having a personal trainer, doctor and sleep analyst attached to your wrist twenty-four hours a day. That’s enough to scare many people into running away, and many others towards their wallets.

Everyone cares about their health (and if you don’t, you should), and these bands are priced to be accessible to everyone who takes an interest in their wellbeing, with most of the models being available for inside two figures. Put it this way: you spend five times that on a gadget which lets you talk to friends and play games, so what price do you put on your health? With popular fitness bands such as the Garmin Vivofit available from just £99, the same price as the market rival Jawbone UP, you’re able to have that peace of mind without breaking the bank.

The technology is simply mind-blowing. The Jawbone UP, for example, is able to synchronise with your iOS or Android smartphone, allowing you to view detailed analysis of your activity levels, sleep quality and your eating habits, so you can see what you’re doing right and, more importantly, what you’re doing wrong and need to change. With achievements and milestones to collect along your journey to fitness, the UP keeps you motivated throughout, which is vital as many people would otherwise lack the motivation to succeed.

The Garmin Vivofit has similar functions and features, but is designed to look more like a watch than the sporty wristband feel of the UP. It synchronises wirelessly to allow you to view your statistics easily at any given time, and the battery will last for more than a year, meaning that you don’t need to worry about taking it off — it’s even waterproof, making it your permanent accessory.

These aren’t the only two models on the market, either. With other trackers such as the Basis Carbon Steel and Fitbit Force becoming more and more popular all the time, there’s plenty of choice available for you to find the ideal fitness tracker for your own personal requirements and goals.

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