As modern technology continues to advance at an astonishing rate, we are now spoilt for choice when it comes to gadgets and gizmos. Activity trackers have become very popular with health and fitness enthusiasts, yet unfortunately many don’t come cheap.
The good news, however, is that you can source fantastic fitness and activity trackers for under $100 – you just need to know where to look. Those that are water resistant are especially popular, which is why we will be looking at some of the best water resistant trackers you can pick up on the cheap.
Polar Loop’s soft and flexible wristband is very light and water resistant, so you can wear it all the time. The Loop features a screen composed of 85 individually placed LED lights. The device makes use of its screen well, managing to deliver just the right amount of easy to read stats and updates.
Loop works 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, constantly monitoring any activity you do, and that also includes sleep. The Loop logs and tracks steps taken and calories burnt and even tells you how much time you have spent sitting and resting.
You will not get any advanced swimming metrics, but the device does track your calories burned, and if you want to monitor your heart rate, the Polar H7 chest strap is also water-resistant.
On average, the Loop retails for less than $70. The device is a simple activity tracker, that does what it was designed to do rather well. So as long as you’re up and moving, the activity tracker counts it all.
Moov Now is described as a wearable audio coach, and at first glance, it sports a very novel look. Basically, if you imagine a plain black watch with small holes, that is what you get – yet the look actually works very well.
This tracker, which also sells for around $70, tracks progress, it talks you through your workouts in real-time, it is water resistant and its battery gives it enough juice for more than 6 months.
Moov contains a 9-axis motion sensing system so you can track your movements in 3d. You can wear it on your ankle or your wrist, and when you do sweat, due to the unique design, the device is breathable, making life much more comfortable.
In the pool, the Moov Now can detect your lap times, number of laps, pace, stroke rate/length, flip/turn time, swim duration, fastest 100 meters/yards, interval times, and calories burnt. It automatically recognizes your strokes: breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.
Misfit’s Speedo Shine wearable allows you to set your own goals, it has a 6 month battery life, it monitors steps, distance and calories and is water resistant up to 50 metres.
The device is worn on the wrist and capable of tracking both swim distance and lap count, regardless of swim stroke. It syncs with the Misfit app for iOS and Android and displays laps and swim distance, along with calories burned and points earned.
You can track multiple different sports, and when you are not training hard, the device functions as a watch. The Speedo Shine retails for around $80, and with 12 small LEDs, it certainly catches the eye.
With a price tag of less than $80, this is a beautiful little wearable which fits squarly into the budget fitness tracker category. The circular gizmo was clearly designed to assist just about everyone to embrace activity tracking.
Withings Go features an E-Ink screen that shows activity, functions as a watch on demand and is legible in bright sunlight. The E-Ink screen is an original concept which has the benefit of not draining the battery even though its on all the time.
There is automatic 24/7 activity tracking for walking, running, swimming and sleeping, as well as automatic recognition of a variety of daily activities. At night, Go can distinguish between light and deep sleep cycles to give you a better understanding of your sleep patterns.
All in all, this is a super attractive budget tracker designed so that in only requires your passive, not active, attention. Clip it on and forget about it.
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