5 Gadgets that Track your Fitness Stats

From FitSugar (www.fitsugar.com) posted on January 23, 2012:


Nike+ FuelBand

The newest offering in the fitness monitor world is the Nike+ FuelBand ($149), just released last week. The bracelet tracks calories burned, steps taken, and time, but its most noted measurement is its proprietary NikeFuel number, a combination of wrist movement tracking and oxygen output calculations. You can upload your NikeFuel number wirelessly onto different social networks (like Facebook and Foursquare), as well as the Nike+ website, and compete against your friends, no matter your exercise of choice. The Nike+ FuelBand syncs with both Macs and PCs, but in the handheld word, it is currently only compatible with iPhones.

Motorola MotoACTV

Much of the focus of the MotoACTV ($250 for 8GB, $300 for 16GB) is on your workout playlist, since its technology tracks how well you perform while listening to a song during different workouts, and then creates a power workout playlist. But the fitness tracker isn’t just an intelligent iPod; it also maps your routes via GPS, counts steps and calories, and syncs with your phone via Bluetooth, so you can take calls on the go. You can upload your stats onto your own MotoACTV account online (the device syncs with both PCs and Macs).

Jawbone UP

The Jawbone UP ($100), released late last year, is also all about tracking your activity — like walking, pace, distance, and calories burned — but it also continues tracking your behavior after you’re fast asleep. After uploading to your iPhone or iPad, you can check all of your data, including sleep patterns. The small bracelet can also be programed to vibrate at a optimal time during your sleep cycle to wake you up, or even during the day to remind you to get up and move.

Fitbit Ultra

Like the Jawbone Up, the Fitbit Ultra ($100) tracks your sleep patterns — both quality and quantity of your sleep. It also tracks steps, calories burned, distance traveled, and has a built-in altimeter to track steps climbed. The Fitbit also includes a clock, stopwatch, and a flower graphic that grows or shrinks depending on how active you’ve been for the day. You can wear the tiny clip anywhere, which is a good option if you don’t like making a fashion statement with your fitness-tracking device. The Fitbit Ultra syncs with your account on the Fitbit website via either your Mac or PC, and also integrates with an iPhone app.


The Bodybugg ($129-$188) isn’t new, but it has staying power for two reasons: it’s simple, and it works. Wear the band on your upper arm throughout the day to track how many calories you are burning and steps you’re taking. Meanwhile, keep track of everything you’re eating using the online weight management system ($10/month subscription required), and at the end of the day, upload your activity stats to see if you burned more calories than consumed. The Bodybugg works with Macs, PCs, Android, and iPhone devices.


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4 comments on “5 Gadgets that Track your Fitness Stats

  1. I just left this as my Amazon review and am ‘sharing’ it arunod the web elsewhere as a warning to others as well: I bought the Wakemate in July. I was disappointed to find that after almost 2 months it still wasn’t going off to wake me up. It would record data, but not actually go off at during the wake up window. I contacted customer service TWO months ago regarding it. At first, they were going to replace the device. After I shipped them the device, I waited a month before sending them another email. That email was replied to saying that they ‘hadn’t received my device’. After I sent them a message with the tracking information, I stopped getting replies. Worst case, this company is just a scam. You can’t find a number that will ring to a real person and they don’t reply to email or Twitter, which is bad when you have a device that has such a spotty record (take a look at some of the other reviews about this thing). Best case, they are just a small company that isn’t ready for prime time. Either way, I would steer clear of them and save your $60. You take your chances, and I would say that if you buy this device, you are not buying it with any warranty and don’t expect any support. I have no tolerance for companies that don’t stand behind their product, and while the information about my sleep patterns was interesting, the support failure makes this an automatic failure.

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