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Friday October 19th 2018



Find Your Fit(Bit)

By Kayla Perkins–As more and more people become health-aware, trackers are just one of many trends coming to light. Many people are turning to Fitbits, one of the most popular brands of fitness trackers as of late.

Fitbit offers a variety of fitness trackers to cater to different needs, allowing every person to find their “Fit.” If you are looking into getting a Fitbit, read on, and see if you can “find your Fit.” Each Fitbit featured can be purchased on the Fitbit website, and can sync to any wireless device the supports the Fitbit app.

If you are looking for something simple, or do not want to wear the more common wrist-worn Fitbits, the Fitbit Zip may be your choice. The Zip is the least expensive of all Fitbits, and clips onto clothing. The Zip comes in many colors, and features an easy-to-read screen. The Zip also tracks steps, distance, active minutes during the day, and calories burned based on these stats. The Zip is a good choice for those looking for a lower-cost, functional, out of the way fitness tracker. The Zip is available for $59.95.

For those looking for the more average Fitbit, the Charge or Charge HR may be your best bet. Worn on the wrist, the Charge/HR can track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and minutes the user is active. Unlike the Charge, however, the Charge HR can also track heart rate and features a more accurate calorie tracking system. This tracker also features a silent alarm that vibrates to wake the user, and is able to automatically track sleep time and patterns. The Charge or HR would be a good choice for those looking for something a little fancier while also not spending a fortune. The Charge is available for $129.95, and the HR is available for $149.95.

If money is not an issue, or if you are looking for all the features Fitbit has to offer, the Fitbit Surge is the one for you. The Surge is Fitbit’s top of the line fitness tracker, featuring all of Fitbit’s typical tracking, along with GPS, caller ID, text notifications, music managing, and continuous heart rate tracking. Users can also view and log their workouts straight from the tracker, rather than on the app. The Surge is a good choice for those looking for a fitness tracker and smart watch all in one. This tracker is available for $249.95.

As a user of the Charge HR I can say it is a very efficient and enjoyable choice. I often forget it is on my wrist, because it is not heavy or large by any means. It is able to automatically sync to the app, which it does every hour or so, so I am never behind on how I am doing for the day. It is also very accurate in how many calories you burn in a workout or a day, which is very nice for myself and those who are trying to count calories. It is in the middle of the price range for Fitbits, as well, so if you are to choose one, and you have a couple more dollars to spare, the HR would be my recommendation.

While there are many other options of Fitbits to choose from, these are three of the most commonly used Fitbits, due to their efficiency. With the variety of Fitbits to choose from each user is able to find one that best fits them. Which is your fit?