A new trend in exercise today is tracking your progress with special workout bracelets, a.k.a. smart bands that monitor your overall fitness and keep your eating, sleeping and exercising habits in check. Worn on your wrist all day and night and then synced with your phone and computer, these new accessories help you discover things about yourself that you never knew while improving your diet, fitness and stress levels. We’ve compiled our top three:
Jawbone UP ($130)
Available in a wide array of fashion-forward colors like navy and mint green, this rubberized wristband keeps tabs on your daily movements, how much sleep you’re getting (and if it’s enough or not), your activities and even what you’re eating via an embedded motion sensor. UP also allows you to track how you feel throughout the day so you can correlate how your sleep, physical activity and diet to affect your mood. Sync your band to your phone with the app to display the data.
Fitbit Flex Band ($100)
This wristband isn’t available until spring but that doesn’t mean we are any less excited. Worn on your wrist to track all of your activity (from calories burned to the quality of your sleep), the LED lights show you how your day is stacking up compared to your goals, which you can monitor in real time on your phone. And if you need a color band to reflect your mood, you can take out the tiny tracker and swap it into the color band of your choice.
Like a life coach on your wrist, this wristband tracks your patterns and habits to give you personalized feedback to help you meet your goals. Made out of a comfortable rubbery plastic material called thermoplastic polyurethane, this smart band automatically syncs up to your phone or computer to keep tabs on your diet and exercise program. The comfortable night wristband (included in the box) tracks how many hours of shuteye you’re getting and silently wakes you up in the morning with soft vibrations
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