Holiday Gift Guide: Activity Trackers

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The Gift of Health

Our Cronometer Staffers are pretty techy individuals; many of us use wearables to keep us on track, keep us in the know about our activity levels and biometrics and to motivate us to move more. If you’re wondering what to get your favourite health junkie for the holidays, read on… we’ll help you pick out the perfect activity tracker!

What’s even better? These trackers all sync with Cronometer so you can import your stats to your favourite nutrition app too!

Samsung Galaxy Watch4

With our Samsung partnership released this year and our widget made specifically for the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 you know we have to include this wearable on our list.

Why we love it:

  • Cutting edge: the first watch to track BIA
  • Sleek + modern design
  • Your phone on your wrist: all the functionality of your phone in one convenient location

This watch is particularly sleek and modern looking. The UI is intuitive, the watch's performance is snappy, and the sensors are fairly accurate.

Staffer, Brendan

Cons:

  • You have to charge it everyday
  • Occasionally staffers had some difficulty getting the wearable to check BIA consistently
  • Works well with Samsung and Android platforms, but not compatible with an iPhone or other Apple products.

Apple Watch

We have a lot of Apple Watch wearers at Cronometer and for good reason – this wearable literally does it all!

Why we love it:

  • It tracks activity and workouts
  • It replaces GPS running watches
  • Waterproof
  • You can change the bracelets
  • You can set alarms that vibrate, which is helpful if your partner is on different schedule
  • You can make calls without having your phone
  • It gives you inactivity alerts to get you up and moving

"I love it because I can see messages and notifications quickly, I don't have to take my phone everywhere. This is handy when I am skiing because my phone doesn't freeze. It's also cool to see more detailed stats on my exercise."

Staffer, Toby

Cons:

  • It is expensive
  • One more gadget to worry about (don’t want to break it!)
  • It’s uncomfortable to sleep and work with the metal wristband
  • This one might seem obvious, but you need an Apple iPhone to use it
  • Those inactivity alerts we said we loved? Well, they can sometimes start vibrating if you get up in the middle of the night to use the loo… who wants to be reminded to stand every hour at 4:00am?

People who swim or spend a lot of time in the water should get a metal or plastic band. Cloth bands tend to stay wet for a long time.

Staffer, Sab

Oura Ring

If you’re a minimalist or don’t like to wear watches than the Oura Ring was made for you! Tons of data paired with amazing tech built into the tiniest ring puts tracking and health insights at your literal fingertips.

Why we love it:

  • This ring holds a charge forever; it goes a week without needing to be charged and when you do need to charge the ring it only takes max 80 minutes
  • It’s not bulky at all and most of the time you don’t realize it’s even there
  • Tracks everything – sleep, respiratory rate, heart rate, temperature, calories burned
  • Makes recommendations on how much to exercise 

Oura gives you a "Readiness Score" - they take your previous nights biometrics (hours of sleep, resting heart rate, temperature) and give you recommendations on how much you should exercise. Initially I thought this was a little hoakey but after wearing Oura for more than a year I have found tremendous value in loosely following it's recommendations.

Staffer, Eliisa

Cons:

  • If you use your hands a lot – to lift weights or hold handlebars the ring can occasionally pinch your palms
  • There’s no stats available on the ring itself, so you need an app or the web to get any data
  • Oura is focused predominantly on sleep so you don’t get stats, like heart rate on your exercise
  • No GPS function

FitBit

Can we even do up a wearable guide without mentioning the iconic FitBit? The majority of our Cronometer users choose Fitbit as their tracker of choice and for good reason.

Why we love it:

  • Affordable; Fitbit has so many different models for any price point
  • Tracks a lot; steps, sleep, exercise and heart rate (based on model)
  • It’s easy to set goals and challenge yourself
  • FitBit has a strong community to help you troubleshoot and encourage

The FitBit is lightweight, I didn't even realize I was wearing it.

Staffer, Derek

Cons:

  • You have to charge it every 3-4 days
  • Reported to be less accurate than other trackers when counting steps and calories burned
  • FitBit sends a lot of emails to upgrade your wearable (although we are sure there’s an unsubscribe button!)

Garmin

Garmin has long been a favourite of fitness enthusiasts who routinely exercise outdoors because of it’s amazing GPS tracking.

Why we love it:

  • Built in GPS tracks your location so you’re never lost outdoors
  • Makes tracking runs super easy – throw it in run mode and get your lap time, distance and HR at a glance
  • Download apps to play music like Spotify or check your local weather

The watch is fantastic for all things athletic. I love being able to quickly access stats from a workout and track my progress over longer periods of time. Notifications and the user interface can be a bit clunky so this is definitely a fitness tracker first and smartwatch second, but if you're looking for a dedicated tracking device at a reasonable price this is a great choice!

Staffer, Alex

Cons:

  • Interface is clunky
  • Have to be mindful about downloading maps if you’re heading out of service

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