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Don’t Sweat It: Gift Guide To High-Tech Activity Trackers

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Activity tracker (Source: CBS4)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If losing weight or staying in shape is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you’d probably enjoy a brand new activity tracker to open on Christmas morning.

Activity trackers are wearable fitness devices you can pop on your wrist or drop in your pocket but they do more than just count steps and calories.

The newest crop of fitness trackers has something for everyone looking to live healthier.

When synced with corresponding apps, they can offer detailed data about your activities.

“You want to make sure it works with your phone. Do you want it to be a good watch? How well does it feel on your wrist and does it track anything more than steps?” These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself explained CNET Senior Editor Scott Stein.

The  new $150-dollar Nike FuelBand SE displays time, calories, steps and Nike fuel, which are activity reward points, and lets users isolate workout sessions.

“So that you can start and stop and say that during this class I earned exactly this much fuel,” explained Jenny Campbell, Director of NikeFuel, Nike.

The Fitbit Force tracks steps, calories and distance but also includes an altimeter to calculate stairs.

“I think the best band for the money is the Fitbit Force. It’s $129, which is a decent price,” said Stein. “The Fitbit Force is the best cover your bases fitness tracker in terms of wristband comfort, the watch, the social connectivity and the ease of use.”

If you want an activity monitor that blends into your daily wardrobe, there’s the $120 Shine from Misfit Wearables.

“The Misfit Shine, you don’t need to charge the battery. You just pop in a watch battery. And it’s also waterproof so you can actually wear it while swimming and it looks like a piece of jewelry,” said Stein.

For the data geek who can do without a display on their wrist, there’s the recently released Jawbone Up 24, which costs $149.

“The Jawbone Up 24 is excellent at sleep tracking and does a great round the clock sense of activity and social support but doesn’t have a display,” explained Stein.

Those looking to get heart-healthy can check out the $100 Withings pulse.

According to Stein, “The Withings pulse can clip anywhere, also has a heart rate monitor and works with a wide variety of connected apps and devices from Withings.”

With all of these options, there’s no excuse to not get in shape in the new year.

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