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9 Fitness Trackers for All Your Fitness Needs

1. Basis Peak

Basis Peak

Basis ($199) is a comprehensive fitness and sleep tracker. And it’s even more intelligent than your typical smartwatch. Basis prides itself on being a “habit-based system,” so it’s not just about tracking stats and getting data, although as a numbers junkie I love seeing all the different charts and info. The system is designed to help you choose manageable goals and stick with them. It worked for me — seeing my progress every day helped give me the motivation to not “break the chain,” even when I felt like having a movie marathon on my couch instead of lifting all the things.

Basis monitors your heart rate 24/7. This is great for me, as one of the ways I track my health and readiness is by checking my resting morning heart rate. Ideally, you’re supposed to do this as soon as you wake up, before you train, eat breakfast or even hop out of bed … but I always forget until I’m dressed and already sprinting to the kitchen to make myself some coffee. Not exactly resting anymore! So I love that Basis tracks this for me.

I also like that Basis automatically recognizes when you’re walking, running and biking. Having the sensor on my wrist means I don’t need to remember to grab my phone when I’m walking around during the day, so it tracks my steps (as well as calories burned, and even skin temperature and perspiration … although I have my own highly advanced sensors that tell me when I’m breaking a sweat!).

Another fitness stumbling block for me is one I’m sure many people are guilty of — not getting enough sleep. I really like having access to Basis’s sleep analysis. It automatically detects when you fall asleep and the different stages, including REM, deep and light sleep.

One thing I appreciate (but ultimately decided to do without) is the usual smartwatch notifications like call, email and text alerts. On the one hand, I don’t want to miss an important call … but on the other hand (wrist?), I like unplugging a bit and just having me time when I train. This is especially true when I’m in the water — I’m truly in my own little world. I just started adding swimming back into my training a few days a week, so being able to take Basis into the pool with me is a big plus. It’s waterproof to 5ATM, which is about 50 meters.

Basis charges quickly and the battery life is good. I like that its cradle can plug into the wall with an adapter, or into my laptop’s USB port. If I had one thing to change (or add), I’d like to see a chest-strap option. This is true of every fitness charger I try, though — I train with kettlebells, so I have to keep my wrists clear of watches or other devices. Other than that, I’d never take Basis off.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Wow, thanks so much for the extensive review! I currently have the polar loop – original – and absolutely love it. I use the heart rate monitor strap when I am exercising. It is my personal coach for sure! It pushes me to meet and then exceed my goal daily!

    Thanks again for the review, I love keeping up to date with the latest!

  2. Great information and I’m definitely looking into that Twister Tracker. 😀 I think my husband and I could really have a blast with that thing. 😀

    As for the tracker I use, it’s definitely Fitbit One. I love my fit bit since it tracks my steps, stairs, miles and hours of sleep. Some of these look amazing though, so I might look into something else…however I find if I have something that tracks too many things I get overwhelmed and stop using it all together. LOL. It’s definitely a less is more mentality for me. 🙂

  3. Anne says:

    Thanks for the product review. It is always such a difficult decision for me to buy a product that there are so many variants of. I tried looking for products that have complementary things I’m looking for. I was struggling with sleep and needed a new pillow. While looking into that I found a company that sold both a sleep/activity tracker and a pillow that I heard was amazing. I got the 100series tracker and an adjustable pillow. https://rem-fit.com/ Both have worked so great for me. Good luck on your choices!

  4. Amanda says:

    Love these! Seriously, I may have an addiction to fitness trackers of all sorts haha! One that would rock on this list too is the ncredible sleep tracker, The REM-Fit Sleep Monitor. It’s an incredibly thin strap that lays across your bed, and while you sleep it monitors your heart rate, respiratory rate and motion. It analyzes all of the data from your sleep to give you a sleep score based on how long you slept, your heart rate, respiratory rate, motion and more. Then, you just tap on your sleep score in the free app and you can get a full account of the factors that make up your score. Plus it has an extra long lasting battery so you don’t have to plug it in each night. Just charge it up while you wash your sheets and you are all set. I highly recommend this. You can see more info about it at this link: Fitness & Sleep Trackers (https://rem-fit.com/) (Seriously the best sleep tracker I’ve found.) Huzzah to fitness tracking devices!

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