Fitness trackers are nothing new in the fitness industry. Fitness enthusiasts as well as people who want to take control of their health have been using fitness trackers like Nike Fuel, FitBit and Jawbone UP to track everything from the amount of steps they take everyday, sleeping habits and calories burnt. The concept is that being able to see all of this data in one place will help you recognize what you need to do to improve your health - whether that involves losing weight, or maintaining a healthy life.
If you are looking to purchase a fitness tracker, what should you look for? I had the chance to test drive one of the newest entrants to the fitness tracker market - the LifeTrak Move C300 over the past couple of weeks, and it is definitely a step up from other trackers on the market.
Out of the box the LifeTrak Move C300 was simple to setup. I set the time, daily step goal and I was ready to go. The last step in making this fitness tracker work for you is synching it up to Azumio's new Argus app in order to give you the big picture on your health. This new watch has an integrated heart rate monitor, detects when you've switched from walking to running, and encourages you to achieve your goals (steps, distance, calories) through a progress bar on the home screen. I synched the two devices every morning and every night with a simple push of a button.
What's great about having all this information in one place is that you can't pretend to be more active than you actually are. In New York we tend to think we walk everywhere and so that is all the physical activity we need. Within one day it was obvious to me just how wrong I was about the amount of physical activity I thought I was doing versus the reality. Even though I walk to and from my office (the local coffee shop), walk the eldest to camp, walk up and down the street after dinner a bazillion times chasing after the youngest, it all only amounted to 8,000 or so steps, a calorie burn of just over 2,000. It's harder to reach the recommended daily 10,000 steps in this day and age if you don't focus on a set amount of exercise time.
The Argus app is the first unified health and fitness data hub that combines all personal statistics and user input into one view and provides context around the data to make it actionable. It monitors and manages activities, food, sleep patterns, exercise, hydration, caffeine-consumption, weight and vitals, helping you make sense of comprehensive biofeedback data to reach your health goals and improve overall well-being.
I like the idea of being able to track my water intake, and being reminded when I went too long between drinking a glass of water. Taking photos of meals and snacks and logging consumption is also another good feature. Though I have to admit I wasn't so good at doing this, but I have never been good at keeping a food journal.
The LifeTrak Move C300 automatically picks up on when you start running and logs a map of the activity.
As with all fitness trackers, the more you put in the more you get out of it. And the pairing of LifeTrak Move c300 to the Argus app and Azumio's suite of apps like Heart Rate mean that you can track as little or as much as you want.
In comparison to other fitness trackers that only track steps, this is definitely a standout for anyone serious about their health. Other fitness trackers like the Garmin focus logging the active parts of your day, but cannot show trends in eating patterns for instance.
The LifeTrak Move C300 retails for $59.99, which is significantly less than Jawbone Up ($130), Nike FuelBand ($149), FitBit Flex ($100) and others on the market. It can be purchased at http://lifetrakusa.com/. Azumio's Argus app is free and can be downloaded on iTunes here, or at www.azumio.com/getargus.
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