My Blog My WordPress Blog Tue, 04 Sep 2018 04:46:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Amazon Best Sellers – Heart Rate Monitors May 2017 Tue, 16 May 2017 02:39:01 +0000

Wohoo, here are the latest Amazon Best Sellers in Mid May 2017 for ‘Heart Rate Monitors’. And surprise, surprise, Fitbit Charge 2 has taken 3 of the 6 popular fitness trackers with heart rate monitor. And the rest are held by Fitbit Alta HR fitness tracker. From small to large wrist, Fitbit Charge 2 and the Fitbit Alta HR looks like very popular choices for both men and women!

 6 of the Best Fitness Watches on Amazon

1. Fitbit Charge 2, Black, Large

1. Fitbit Charge 2, Black, Small

3. Fitbit Alta HR, Black, Small

Fitbit Alta HR, Black, Small (US Version)
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4. Fitbit Charge 2, Plum, Small

5. Fitbit Alta HR, Blue/Gray, Small

Fitbit Alta HR, Blue/Gray, Small (US Version)
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6. Fitbit Charge 2, Plum, Large

Fitbit Alta HR, Black, Large (US Version)
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Amazon Best Sellers March 2017 – Heart Rate Monitor Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:01:22 +0000

Here it is, the latest Amazon Best Sellers update for the heart rate monitor watches as at 21 March 2017. And no surprise, Fitbit Charge 2 has taken out a couple of spots. And not surprisingly, Fitbit Alta HR fitness tracker is the Number 1 New Release on Amazon and right now has rocketed to the top 6, occupying 3 of the top 6 listing.

 6 of the Best Fitness Watches on Amazon

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Amazon Best Selling Wrist Heart Rate Monitors FEB 2017 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:44:50 +0000

At the time of posting, 21 FEB 2017 Fitbit Charge 2 takes out 8 of the top 10 Amazon Best Sellers for Heart Rate Monitors.

Fitbit Charge 2 is wildly popular and sleeker in design to it’s popular predecessor, the Fitbit Charge HR. Not only can the Charge 2 track all the daily activities, monitor your heart rate and sleep, it can provide a guided breathing program to help you de-stress and relax plus provide VO2 data to help you improve your fitness performance.  Fitbit Charge 2 is a great fitness watch for people conscious of their personal well-being and will definitely suit fitness levels from beginners to mid level fitness buffs.

From small to large wrist band size, the Fitbit Charge 2 is hugely popular with both men and women.

Below are the current top 6 Amazon best selling heart rate monitors below.

Amazon Best Sellers – Top 6 Wrist Heart Rate Monitor Watch

  1. Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large

2. Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Small

3. Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Plum, Small

4. Fitbit Flex 2, Black

Fitbit Flex 2, Black (US Version)
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5. Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Blue, Small

6. Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Plum, Large

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Best 5 Fitbit Watches From $79 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:19:07 +0000

Top 5 rated Fitbit Watches listed below – From Fitbit Flex 2 to Fitbit Surge

Update – 18 April 2017

Fitbit trackers are synonymous with health and fitness – it’s really a household brand, and unlike other dorky looking fitness watches, the fitbit watches do come up quite well for both men and women. Yet finding the right Fitbit fitness tracker can be difficult as there is so much to variety to choose from. Here’s a list of 5 of the best Fitbit fitness trackers on the market.

Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit Charge 2 is the newest upgrade to the popular Charge HR, which boasts a bigger OLED screen, a sleeker design and interchangeable bands that you can switch to suit the dress occasion. The wearable essentially provides the same general performance and some. With the Charge 2, you can expect 5 to 7 day battery life and standard tracking features like counting of your steps, counting of calories burned, distance walked and ran, number of stairs walked, automatic sleep recording, 24/7 heart-rate tracking and SmartTrack. The latest inclusions in this sleek wearable are Guided Personalized Breathing sessions for calming oneself down and the VO2 Max which gives you an overview of your cardio fitness level!

Also, the Charge 2 will track ‘real time’ running data like running pace, distances of a run, stride length accurately utilizing the ‘Connected GPS’, which is another way of loosely saying you must use your smartphone’s GPS feature to sync with Charge 2 as you run.

By now, you maybe wondering what is SmartTrack? Fitbit Charge 2 automatically logs the type of exercises you are performing from the database like cycling, hiking, sports plus more, so you receive credit for your daily tracking.

In addition, FitBit Charge 2 is so easy to use.

A big plus for Charge 2 – it has a simple to use app which records all the stats and numbers of the activities. The app manages to keep the metrics in an easy to understand format, and really it is easy to move around.

On another note, the Fitbit Charge 2 also doubles are a watch with a stop watch feature, and can provide smart notifications from call, text messages to calendar reminders. But this is not the strongest part of the fitness watch as it only gives a few vibrations to your wrist which can be easily missed if you are busy at a shopping centre.

The FitBit Charge 2 can withstand sweat, rain and splashes, but it is not recommended to shower and swim with.

Overall, the fitness watch is comfortable to wear and stylish to look at. Although the smart feature needs improvement, the Charge 2 will suit beginners and people who have general health in mind and one who is not really fussed about the stats and output at the gym.

Fitbit Alta HR

Fitbit Alta HR, Black, Small (US Version)
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Next up we have the Fitbit Alta HR which is one of the better looking fitness watch. This is the perfect fitness tracker for those of you looking for a more sleek and discreet fitness tracker. For the ladies, you will find this to be a nice and light fitness wearable to strap on.

With the latest release of Alta HR, the latest features includes entire day heart rate tracking, expanded sleep tracking to include a better insight into sleep quality, VO2 Max (that is level of cardio fitness), an alert to prompt you to be more active when you do not hit the 250 steps every hour!

Although it is not as complex as the surge, don’t let that fool you, as the Alta HR still packs quite a punch. It wireless syncs to a number of devices, it is water resistant (but not built for water based activities like swimming), it offers smart notifications, it offers all day fitness tracking, it will even provide reminders for you, if you haven’t moved enough for that particular day.

Again, with the Fitbit Alta HR, You can track your sleep, heart rate, cardio fitness and the device will automatically recognize whichever form of sport you are taking part in, plus you can switch the colors of the bands you’re wearing, allowing you to choose your perfect style – for women you will find this a suitable option. When synced with the Fitbit App and dashboard, reaching your health and fitness goals just couldn’t be easier.

With it’s slim and sleek design, the Fitbit Alta is a great choice for women and men who want a bit of style and functionality. The device is a nice casual lifestyle wearable and sits between high-end fitness watches and above budget trackers, making the Alta a tantalizing buy for individuals who desire a customizable, refine fitness watch without hurting the wallet, while maintaining a reliable activity tracking.

Fitbit Surge – Fitness Tracker With Built-In GPS

Ok, next is the Fitbit surge. In the style of a sleek and modern smart watch, the fitbit surge is certainly one of the most eye catching and aesthetically pleasing fitness trackers on the market. This is Fitbit’s first true GPS wareable venture into proper sports tracking aimed at fitness warriors who enjoy running, working-out and cycling.The watch features in-built GPS tracking, all day activity tracking, pure pulse heart rate monitoring technology, multi-sport tracking, smart notifications, wireless syncing, sleep tracking and monitoring, and much more besides.

With the GPS, you can monitor the distance you have covered, your pace, elevations climbed, and you can review and map the routes covered. The Fitbit Surge keeps tab of motion data daily and in minutes, and captures the total daily counts over a month. It can record heart rate metrics at one second intervals during exercise and provide five second intervals at other times. The multi-sport tracking is very useful as well, as it allows the user to track runs, walking, cycling, and other forms of sport with the Smart Track technology it is able to provide.

The watch is even splash resistant. The watch retails at around USD240, which is very reasonable considering you get so much for your money. The Surge will suit casual runners, and a great option for everyday tracking

Fitbit Flex 2 – Waterproof Fitness Tracker

Fitbit Flex 2, Black (US Version)
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Next Fitbit Wearable on our list is the Fitbit Flex 2. This device is the most basic of the three, and is the perfect budgetary option as it retails for around USD79. The wrist band is an ultra slim band that is basic in design, yet stylish at the same time. It allows the user to track steps taken, calories burned, and overall active minutes for each day. What’s more, it is the first and only swim-friendly activity tracker from Fitbit, so your water-based workouts and fitness pursuits can also be monitored via the flex 2.

The Fitbit Flex 2 device can automatically recognize four strokes from freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, plus it will provide basic metrics like distance, pace, calories burnt off, duration and number of laps swum.  The device provides smart alerts for calls and texts, in the form of LED lights and vibration alerts. What’s more, it too allows the user to track their sleep each night, plus the band can be used as an alarm. The battery lasts for up to 5 days, and it syncs wireless with smart devices, allowing it to be used perfectly in conjunction with the Fitbit app.

Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch, Black, Silver, Large
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The final offering here is the Fitbit Blaze – which is another top selling Fitbit wearable and Fitbit’s first attempt at the smart watch segment. Overall, the Blaze is well designed, slim and stylish to look at. Interestingly, you can switch the style of the fitness band to suit an occasion like a workout at the gym, a dinner date or at a meeting. In other words, you can customize the look. As well, the device comes with a 1.25 inch 16 color touch screen where you can finger swipe to navigate through the options on the screen, from daily activity metrics, workout plans to push notifications (Caller id, SMS and Whatsapp).

Activity tracking features of the Fitbit Blaze you can expect : steps, total calories burned, stairs climbed, time spent being active, whole day heart rate recording and automatic sleep tracking with an expanded feedback onto one’s quality of sleep during the night. And, it has many sports modes, which will record and log certain exercises utilizing the heart rate sensor built in the device.

With the latest 2017 software update, the smart notifications have been expanded to include news feed and third party social alerts, guided breathing to help you chill out, VO2 Max for the cardio fitness geeks and an expanded to sleep tracking report.

Another recent feature is the Fitstar which provides a guided workout plan with 3 sessions that is displayed on the fitness watch from warming up/down, a seven minute exercise program plus ten minute abdominal workout.

However, the Fitbit Blaze is not built for swimming and does not feature a built-in GPS function. What this means is, you must run with your smartphone GPS to connect with the Blaze to track your runs.

Effectively Fitbit Blaze is the Charge 2 with a bigger OLED touch screen, guided workout plans and more smart watch notifications. It is very easy to use, and will suit beginners and people who desire a bit of this and that, combining general health tracking, smart notifications and style.

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Best Fitness Watch Trackers – Snapshot of the Top 11 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 03:39:02 +0000

Update – 20April 2017 – inclusion of Fitbit Alta HR
With so many fitness watch wearables available it can be quite daunting for someone looking for an activity tracker. Well, we’ve taken the hard work and hassle from you and researched into a couple of great fitness watch trackers that will suit beginners to the fitness warrior. Below is a quick snapshot of 11 of the best fitness watch trackers from $16 which includes a top selling activity tracker on Amazon.

For a further breakdown and summary of functions and features of the fitness watches presented here, please pop over to the Best Fitness Watches article.

11 of the Best Fitness Watches

Fitness Watches with In Built Heart Rate Sensor

Without Heart Rate Sensor
Polar FT7 & Garmin FR920XT requires a Chest Strap

For a summary of the features and functions of each fitness tracker read the Best 11 Fitness Watches

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Best Fitness Tracker Watch Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:22:28 +0000

The fitness tracker with an in built GPS, heart rate sensor, sleep tracking, reliable activity tracking and an awesome smart alert. Perfect fitness wearable for running!

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

Garmin has been on a big roll out with the latest upgrade to Vivosmart HR, Vivoactive, Fenix, Forerunner 735XT, but the big takeaway here for the weekend runners and casual workout buufs is the Garmin Vivosmart HR+.

Right now, and rightly so, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is one of the most popular fitness trackers currently on the market, and it is packed full of all kinds of features which are designed to help the wearer take their training and their fitness in general, to the next level. The device itself is a sleek, stylish, and very fashionable wristband that is extremely comfortable to wear. What’s more, it features a touchscreen display that is always visible, so you easily read your stats for that particular day, even in direct sunlight.

The Vivosmart HR+ has a nice balance of features and performance for a running enthusiast and for someone who has general well being in mind.  If you a triathlete who wants pin point accuracy, we suggest the Garmin Forerunner 920XT.

What are the main features – Vivosmart HR+?

Some of the main features which makes this the best fitness watch thus far, include the following:

Smart notifications – This fitness tracker provides smart notifications and alerts, allowing you to receive texts, calls, emails, calendar alerts, reminders, and social media updates and alerts, via your wrist device. It easily syncs to your smart device, and you’re basically good to go.

Fitness features – The many, many fitness features provided by the Vivosmart HR+, are arguably the biggest selling point of this device. It will display steps taken, distance travelled, floors climbed, your heart rate, the intensity of your activity, calories burnt off, and more besides.

Fitness reminders – To help encourage you to stay active when you are slacking and falling behind, the device even features a move bar, and vibration alert feature, which will alert you to let you know that you need to become more active.

Water resistant – Another great feature of this device is that it is water resistant, so can be used in the water and can be worn in the bath and shower.

GPS tracking – With in-built GPS tracking, you can accurately track and monitor your fitness pursuits outdoors, so you can map exactly where you have been and how much distance you covered.

Heart rate monitoring – This device also accurately tracks and monitors your heart rate at the wrist, during the day and the night, which in turn helps to keep you working at a safe training intensity, plus it provides a more accurate reading of how many calories you have burnt off.

Sleep Tracking – Vivosmart HR+ will automatically monitor your sleep

The Drawbacks

Nothing in life is perfect, and yes, that does include the Vivosmart HR+. Whilst very effective, the device’s running stats are slightly lighter than they should be, so if you are looking for more distance, pace, or more than a basic heart rate data, a GPS running watch could be more to your liking?

And like all optical heart rate sensors, heart rate tracking for high intensity training is a bit of a miss.  But for general running and walking, the heart rate data is reliable. Plus, the design is a little chunky, there is no swimming mode, despite the fact that it is waterproof, and most people do tend to prefer the design of the Fitbit Blaze or even the Charge 2.

But, It is the Best Fitness Tracker

Despite some flaws, the Vivosmart HR+ is waterproof and offers a nice basket of activity, sleep, heart rate, devilishly good smart notifications as well as GPS tracking, which helps make it an easy decision for people thinking of a Fitbit fitness watch, but fussed by the thought of taking their smartphone with them for a training run.  Not only that, the fitness watch is comfortable to wear and the OLED touchscreen makes it so simple to swipe and navigate.  The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is our top choice for the best fitness tracker award!

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Top 5 Waterproof Fitness Trackers of 2016 Sat, 03 Sep 2016 04:28:54 +0000

This is a special guest post by Steve S who keeps a special close eye on the latest development and trends in wearable tech. In this article, Steve shares his views on the top five waterproof fitness trackers for 2016, from number 5 to number 1. With this said, swimming enthusiasts and even exercisers who enjoy a bit of swimming with other activities may find these fitness wearables ideal for their training and general recreation.   

If you are an avid swimmer, then you may be looking for a waterproof fitness tracker to take with you into the pool and measure your performance. There are many trackers that are splash resistant, but if you’re looking for much more than that, then a waterproof fitness tracker that works underwater is the way to go. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of the top 5 waterproof fitness trackers of 2016; See them below:

Waterproof Fitness Tracker – Top 5


5. Jarbird Reign

The Jaybird Reign is a highly functional and futuristic looking activity tracker that is also completely waterproof. The fashionable, faceless fitness band is capable of keeping tabs on all your vital stats and will also track your all swimming activities of any time over ten minutes. Jaybird Sport believes that by measuring heart rate variability instead of just the heart rate, users will be able to have a more clear idea on when to push on with their workout or if its time to take a break.

The Jaybird Reign has an accompanying app that also sets itself apart from your average fitness tracker dashboard. From snapshots of your verve to exercise, to a coaching feature that helps to push and inspire you, this stylish activity tracker makes fifth place in our list of the top waterproof fitness trackers.


4. Garmin Vivoactive HR

The Garmin Vivoactive HR is a smartwatch that is designed for modern active lifestyles. The Ultra-thin watch features a high-resolution touch screen and comes with a range of built-in sports apps. The Vivoctive HR is therefore not only a fitness tracker, but one of the world’s highly regarded wearables in its smartphone form. In addition to tracking all your activities including GPS-enabled running, biking, and swimming, this waterproof fitness tracker also pairs with your smartphone to deliver notifications directly to your wrist.

As a smartwatch, the Garmin Vivoactive HR allows users to stay on top of their busy lifestyles and its built-in sports apps ensure you can easily transition from work mode to exercise activities. Tracked stats include time and distance, speed, calories, cadence and your heart rate during cycling, and laps, interval distance, stroke count and calories burnt for swimming. The Garmin Vivoactive HR is packed full of features it would need a page of its own! Number 4 on our list.


3. Misfit Shine

With a simple, sleek design and retailing at around $69.99 USD, the Misfit Shine is one of the most popular waterproof fitness trackers on the market. The all-purpose activity tracker is waterproof up to 50 meters which makes it perfect for swimming, and other water-based activities. The devices design and capabilities have also received plaudits in the wearable technology industry and analysts. Tracked stats on the Misfit Shine include the number of steps you have taken, bike pedals if you are cycling, as well as swim strokes when you’re in the pool.

Misfit Shine can also be paired with your smartphone and with the activity tracker also outfitted with a top of the range sleep tracker, users will be able to see all their vital stats at a glance.


4. Withings Activité Pop

Withings Activité Pop - Activity and Sleep Tracking Watch
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For those who lead an active lifestyle and would like to track their fitness work using a more discreet and pared down device, the Withings Activité Pop is the perfect choice. Much like the Misfit Shine above, the Activité Pop is a well designed device that looks like any ordinary wristwatch. Under the hood, this unassuming device packs in the ability to track all of your movements.

A recent firmware update to the Withings Activité Pop added swimming tracking and another is due soon that will bring the ability to count the number of strokes and laps completed. Available in 3 different colours and with a battery that lasts for months, the Activité takes 2nd spot in our list of the top 5 waterproof fitness trackers of 2016.


2. Atlas Wristband 2

The Atlas Wristband 2 starts setting itself apart from other fitness trackers on the market right from the start with its unconventional look. With the appearance of a smartwatch with an extended screen that juts out from its belt, this device is by no means a gimmicky product. Atlas Wristband is fitted with the world’s most accurate heart rate monitor and a motion tracker that will count and log any activities you undertake accurately.

The bigger screen on the Atlas 2 gives users a better view of analysis of their form, as well as what amounts to a fitness coach on your wrist that can give you turn-by-turn directions. The screen on the Atlas is detachable to make it easier to get more accurate readings of all types of exercise, and pairing the device with your smartphones will give you a quick glimpse of all your results on the bigger screen.

For those whose exercise and recreation involves water-based sports, the list of top 5 waterproof fitness trackers of 2016 above is a great place to start looking for your ideal device. In addition to being waterproof and capable of logging your time in the pool, the 5 activity trackers above combine great design and a suite of other excellent activity tracking features, making them the top 5 of this year so far.

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Wrist Heart Rate Monitor Under $150 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:17:10 +0000

Getting fit and healthy can be tough, there’s no denying that, but it can be done, especially with the right knowledge and the right tools and equipment. Thanks to fitness and activity trackers, getting fitter and healthier is now easier than ever, as these wrist heart rate monitor watches can help make your workouts more productive and enjoyable than ever before. The only real major downside is the fact that, as these pieces of technology are so sophisticated, they can cost a pretty penny, although that isn’t true for all models. Ideally you need a fitness tracker with an in-built heart rate monitor, and obviously, you won’t want to bankrupt yourself in the process.

To make life easier, here’s a look at 5 of the best fitness trackers with heart rate monitor, which can be purchased for less than 150 bucks. Below is an interesting line up of wrist heart rate monitor trackers that will suit the budget weary to the more fancier trackers under 150 bucks :

Best Wrist Heart Rate Monitor – Top 5


Garmin Vivosmart HR

Garmin vívosmart HR Activity Tracker Regular Fit - Black
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Our first offering comes from Garmin, who have a reputation for being able to create incredibly effective pieces of technology, and not charging an absolute fortune for them in the process. The Garmin Vivosmart HR costs around $144 and it not only functions great, it also looks great as well. It resembles a sleek and stylish black band that is worn around the wrist, and it features a display that is constantly on and readable, even in bright sunlight.

For working out, Vivosmart HR is perfect as it allows users to track steps taken, heart rate, training intensity, calories, floors climbed, and much more. What’s more, it allows users to receive calls, emails, texts, and alerts, read time and to even control their music and a camera, all from the wrist. There are vibration alerts and move bars that will help prompt you to slow down or speed up, and you can monitor training intensity via the heart rate monitor.

Two big positives of this fitness tracker with heart rate monitor – it is waterproof, perfect for swimming and the battery life which can last anywhere between 9 to 12 months (depending on the volume of usage).


Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit have created some fantastic activity trackers over the years, and the Charge HR is no different. Coming in at around $127 it is a real bargain, and it is the best wrist heart rate monitor watch. The wrist-band measures heart rate via the wrist, and it provides continuous heart rate tracking and provides ideal heart rate zones based upon your goals and training.

You can log steps, activity levels, steps climbed, distance travelled, workouts in general, and much more besides, all from the wrist. It even logs your sleep pattern and gently awakens you with a silent alarm. It wirelessly syncs to your phone and computer, plus it provides alerts and basic call notifications, so you never miss important calls or alerts.

The best part about Fitbit is the App, which is the easiest app to navigate with and to use.  All the data are displayed on the screen including date and time of day  Hands down the best heart rate fitness monitor and it is as simple as 123 to use.


Jawbone Up4

Finally, we have the Jawbone UP4, which is an extremely aesthetically pleasing wrist-based activity tracker, available for around $80. The device features constant heart rate monitoring throughout the day, it has an in-built smart coach feature that provides help and advice whilst you train, it automatically tracks sleep and quality of sleep, plus the device has a 7 day battery life once charged, so you needn’t worry about placing it on charge after each workout. As well, Jawbone Up4 works can be used to pay items at participating retail stores – which makes it even more handier.

This is a nice wrist heart rate monitor that will suit the budget conscious buyer.


Xiaomi Mi Band 2

For less than $57, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is a real bargain.  Created by a Chinese Company, Xiaomi, this watch with heart rate monitor can offer activity tracking like counting steps, calories burnt, automatic sleep tracking and 24/7 heart rate tracking.  This is a nicely design and light weight wrist heart rate monitor watch, and a comfortable one to wear.

Interestingly, Xiaomi Band 2 offers smartphone (text and call) notifications, it is dust proof … and it has a battery life of up to 20 days!  At such a bargain basement price that includes both automatic heart rate and sleep tracking, it is a fitness watch you cannot ignore.  A true budget wrist heart rate monitor watch!


Withings Pulse O2

The Withings Pulse O2 is quite a unique fitness tracker.  Not only is it a fitness watch with heart rate monitor keeps tab of steps, calories burnt and distance walked, it also tracks other aspects from heart rate, weight, quality of sleep, blood oxygen level, plus any variations in altitude. As you can see, plenty of stats to analyze, especially when you sync it to the app, it works wonders and provides fantastic snapshot of your fitness and wellbeing.

As well, this interesting fitness tracker can be worn on a belt or on the wrist – which is quite handy as you can change the placement suited to the activity.  However, in order to read the heart rate you will have to take the tracker out of the band and place the sensor to your finger to get the readings, which is not practical for a workout.

The battery life is around 14 days which is more than most activity trackers. The Pulse O2 is a nice wrist heart rate monitor, perfect for mountain climbers and a suitable fitness tracker for newbies to fitness and casual exercisers.

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Best 3 Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor For Serious Athletes Thu, 09 Jun 2016 02:40:04 +0000

For the more hardcore workout bunnies, an everyday casual fitness tracker like the Fitbit Charge HR, Garmin Vivosmart HR will not be enough target heart rate zone training. What you need is a tracker that can keep tabs of your running form, cycling, swimming performance and beats per minture with relevant data and information to help you improve and beat your personal bests. To accomplish all this you will need a GPS multi purpose fitness watch (with chest strap heart rate monitor) which can keep up and record all the relevant individual component of training.

From our extensive research we have found the top 3 fitness watches that will suit triathletes and serious training bunnies! A special mention must go to Polar FT7 – which is a great fitness tracker and it was close to our top 3, but the below multi sports activity watch takes the cherry.

3 Heart Rate Monitor With Chest Straps

Garmin Fenix 3

Now if you want a top notch multi sport fitness tracker then the Garmin Fenix 3 is the mother of all for serious athletes and adventurers.  Not only can you use it for swimming (and open water swimming) running, cycling, hiking, paddling and climbing, you can use it for snowboarding, skiing and more.  And yes, it offer features like counting the numer of strokes and laps swam, recognises the kind of swimming stroke, and for runners, it keep tabs of your running cadence and form.


The best improvement from this latest version is it’s abililty to connect to the Russian GPS, GLONASS, which now gives you faster and wider coverage.  That means, you will more of an accurate location reading and navigation, plus an increase in the capability functions with third party apps.

A unique feature of this fitness tracker – it also acts as an altimeter, barometer and compass.  There’s no need to connet to the smartphone fot this purpose.

Aside from the sophisticated functions, you can also measure the more casual activities like monitoring your steps, sleep, calories and so on.  Like all the Garmin products, the Fenix 3 will also have reminders every hour to encourage you to move more during work hours.  And for the smartwatch stuff, it has that too with incoming notifications.

For around $600, this is no small investment, but if you are a hardcore athlete or a triathlete training for competition and personal best, then the Garmin Fenix 3 is recommneded.  Whilst the Garmin Fenix 3 base model has a wrist stlyed heart rate monitor, it is worth considering topping an extra $50 for the Garmin’s HRM-Run advanced heart rate monitoring chest strap for pin point heart rate target training

Garmin Forerunner 920XT

This is another premium multi sport activity tracker, Garmin Forerunner 920XT is well suited for open water and pool swimming, indoor/outdoor running and indoor/outdoor cycling.  Like other normal fitness trackers, it also monitor general activities like steps, sleep quality, calories burned and offers smartwatch notifications.  Altough it is chunky, it is relatively light, around 61g and nest of all, comfortable to wear.

In regards to training data, it keep tabs of swimming stroke count, SWOLF stat for swimming efficiency, real time and post run analytics (vertical oscilllation, ground contact, cadence), VO2 max and more.

A notable running feature of the Garmin 920XT is the Metronome which helps improve your cadence and form.  This is achieved by setting alerts sycned to a targetted running cadence – the number of times your feet strike the ground in a set time sequence.

As an addon option, you can buy the bundle version of the Garmin 920XT comes with the HRM-Run and HRM Swim chest strap, which is highly recommended.  Unlike most chest strap heart rate monitor, it is comfortable to wear.  The 920XT is a reall all round purpose fitness watch.

Polar M400

If you are not a triathlete, cycle occasionally but more of a runner, then the Polar M400 maybe stuiable for you.  This is a waterproof GPS running tracker that offers accurate reading, helps you train and perform against personal best and provides finish time estimations whilst on a run.  What’s more it is quite light, a tad over 56g

Other notable features, the M400 will automatically pause when you stop running and yep, it can automatically track one lap at 1 kilometer/mile plus it will indicate how effective the running session was. As well,you can set an interval timer for heart rate training, session workout or distance training for interval training.

And for people who run whilst on a business trip or lose the sense of direction easily, there is a back-to-start function which will guide you back to the original destination in the quickest direction possible.  A neat option.

And when you are not training or running, it keep tabs of your general activities like logging steps, sleep, distance walked, inactivity alerts and more. The impressive part about Polar M400, you cna get 8 to 9 hours of GPS running use or up to 24 days of activity monitoring. It has great battery life! Again, if you require accurate heart rate monitoring, you will need to get a Polar Heart Rate Monitor Strap. A chest strap heart rate monitor is highly recommended for serious fitness buffs and runners.

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Watch That Track Steps – Reviews of Fitness Trackers Tue, 19 Apr 2016 03:56:39 +0000

No, don’t simply choose a watch that track steps. Instead go for a watch that doubles as a fitness tracker with heart rate monitor, calorie counting, step counting, caller id functions and more.  Heart rate monitor watches also records other useful workout data to help improve your exercise sessions and ensure that no workout is not wasted.

These types of fitness watches are increasingly becoming popular, and the optical heart rate sensors that comes with the fitness trackers are quite accurate with resting heart beats and as the technology improves it will be more accurate especially with the high intensity workouts.

Plus there are convenient to wear and every bit of the activity is on your wrist. For sure this will suit people who have a busy lifestyle and wants to get in shape with information on the wrist.

Below is a review of fitness trackers with heart rate monitor and without heart rate monitors.

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is The Best Fitness Watch With Heart Rate Monitor

The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is simply the best fitness watch. It has a comfortable design, and is very light to wear.  Performance features includes heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, it is a watch that tracks steps … and it has GPS functionality designed into the fitness watch … perfect for runners !

It is the best fitness watch that offers plenty of convenience with ease of use and better still, the Vivosmart HR+ gives a good indicator of overall health.

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