If you really want to start that healthy lifestyle that you’ve always you were going to start then the best to begin might with a fit band. 

Seeing how much activity you do on a daily and even weekly basis could be a great way to inspire and motivate you so that you don’t lose all that motivation like you usually do!  Or, just getting a fit band to see how inactive you are may spur you to start getting up and walking the dog a little more often. 

Fit Bit One Fitness trackerCredit: http://uncrate.com

By far, fitness bands are the most accurate way to track your daily activity, food and calories spent.  These gadgets are much more than that old pedometer that you’re accustomed to.  These things are smart and accurate! Once you couple your fit band with an online account or mobile app, then tracking and staying on track is easy.

Here’s just a taste of what some fit bands can do these days:

  • Tally miles
  • Count steps
  • Count Calories burned
  • Collect sleep data patterns
  • Monitor Blood Pressure

As you can see, there’s not much that will be going on with your body and fitness goals that a good fit band won’t know about and be able to help you control and be more serious about your healthy lifestyle goals.

The types of fitness bands and how they’re worn can vary which makes it even easier to find the one that works best and is most comfortable for you.  There are fit bands that double as watches, simple bracelet types and even small clip-on designs that can easily be hidden (and lost.)

Jawbone UPCredit: http://pcmag.com

Of course, there are “high-end” fit bands and some that are little more manageable to buy even if you’re on a tight budget.  I’ve tried to include a large range here, starting with the most expensive down to the most manageable.  

Basis Health Tracker for Fitness, Sleep & Stress (2014 Ed.)
Amazon Price: $149.99 $115.00 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 26, 2015)

Basis B1 Band

The Basis B1 Band is a little pricey, usually retailing for around $199.  But, dang!  This fit band has really got it all figured out.  It’s a watch that also measures steps, calories burned, has a heart rate monitor, measures skin temperature and perspiration, as well as sleep patterns.  It continually monitors-day and night-and leaves you able to just concentrate on your fitness.  Great for bikers!

The Fit Bit Flex

The Fit Bit Flex brings us a price that is a little more down to earth at around $129. The Fit Bit Flex is the cheaper version of Fit Bit’s Force.  The Flex has a tracker mechanism that can be removed and placed in other bracelets of varying colors.  No OLED display and the Fit Bit Flex can’t track steps like the Force, but this is still a really capable device.  You can sync it your phone (iOS and Android), as well as a PC via a wireless connection.  

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black
Amazon Price: $99.95 $87.34 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 26, 2015)

The Jawbone Up

The Jawbone Up, to me, is the fit band that I have always wished for.  The best thing about the Jawbone is that it has the best app (again, iOS and Android) of all the trackers.  It monitors sleep and activity for you and its silent, vibrating alarm is good if you don’t disturb the person you share a bed with.  Bad thing is that the app is required for use.  But, heck, everyone has a smartphone these days, right?  The Jawbone Up retails for around $99 on Amazon.

The Fit Bit One

This is the fitness band that you’ll want to get if you don’t consider yourself an athlete.  It’s very competitively priced at around $90 and it has a sleek, clip-on design that is easy to keep hidden but stylish if it’s seen.  The Fit Bit One does everything that you’ll need it to do for a band.  It monitors and can keep you engaged in your quest for fitness even-it’s a motivator.

Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker, Black
Amazon Price: $99.95 $94.99 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 26, 2015)

The Fit Bit Zip

Can you tell who the industry leader in fitness bands is?  Yeah, here’s another one from Fit Bit.  The Fit Bit Zip is under $60 and will monitor calories burned, steps taken and miles walked.  It runs on a watch batter, yet can still wirelessly sync to a Fit Bit web account.  It’s kind of boring to look at and, in my opinion, not sleek or stylish at all.  However, Fit Bit has given us a really inexpensive fit band that can do the basics and not break the wallet.

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