There’s no denying that the fitness and wellness app market is abundantly diverse. A plethora of offerings are readily available to track calories burned, miles traversed, and the quality of sleep achieved. However, many still prefer not to tote their expensive smartphone into the gym and instead rely on wearable technology to ensure that their sweat equity pays off.
Fitbit has long been heralded as the go-to device for tracking fitness goals. With a wide assortment of models available, they've been the 800-pound gorilla of the marketplace for almost a decade, even turning back challenges from the likes of Nike’s now-defunct Fuelband. Apple has been making inroads of their own via their line of smartwatches, of which fitness tracking is one feature offered.
While each of the aforementioned devices have their own unique benefits and features, their higher price tags have often kept them out of the hands of budget-minded consumers. As a result, some manufacturers have answered the call to create a line of wearable tech that is both affordable and effective.
Misfit offers an entire line of devices that fall well below the $100 price point. Their popular Flash device tracks almost all of the same things as the more expensive products, but does it for around $29.99. The Fitbug Orb is a small round device that clips on to your clothes or can be worn around your wrist, and costs $49.95. Fitbug also offers a selection of goal-specific programs that can be purchased separately and integrated with your device.
It’s worth noting that many of the lower-priced alternatives don’t have their own display, so you’ll need to pair them with either your home computer or a smartphone in order to read your results. Also, if you're considering purchasing a cheaper tracker, make certain it offers all of the features that are most important to you, as many are stripped-down versions of the more expensive devices. It’s been shown that those who record and track the results of their workouts are more likely to commit to a regular plan of exercise and reach their fitness goals, and with fitness trackers available for any budget, those last 10 pounds may have finally met their match.