If you are interested in ensuring that you see optimal results from your health improvement efforts, getting a fitness tracker is a wise move.

These popular devises have hit the mainstream media by storm, with more and more people picking them up to help ensure they reach their goals.

Fitness trackers can do everything from monitoring step counts, estimating total daily calorie burn, keeping tabs on how many flights of stairs you walk, even estimating the total duration of sleep that you got each night.

With all the many different options out there though, it can be hard to determine which one is best for you.

Let’s take a closer look at the most commonly used fitness trackers so that you can better determine your best fit.


FitBit One

The first tracker is the FitBit One. Perhaps one of the most popular trackers out there, this one is incredibly discreet so others don’t even have to know that you are using it.

You simply clip it onto your pants pocket, bra strap, or anywhere else you want to and it’ll track all your daily movements.

The FitBit One estimates total calorie burn based on your own personal information you put into their computer system, estimates your total steps taken, stairs climbed, and also can show you a graph illustrating your sleep habits when you are logged into their computer system.

Syncing this device is incredibly easy, so it’s a great user-friendly system to have.

Garmin Forerunner 15

The next tracker you might consider is the Garmin tracker, which is a very well-known brand by runners and athletes alike.  This particular model is a stopwatch that also contains a GPS and works as a heart rate monitor as well.

This tracker will tell you less information about your calorie burning but you’ll get a very accurate measurement of steps taken as well as whether you reached your target heart rate during your workout session.


The Jawbone is another tracker many people are drawn to thanks to its very sleek design and the fact it’s so lightweight.  It’s another tracker that is going to monitor your sleep habits very well, determining whether you are in deep or light sleep during the night.  For those who never wake up feeling rested, this can be helpful to have.

It’s also easy to connect with other apps for calorie counting and other health information purposes.

The Jawbone only has very basic calorie counting features however, so you are better off going with the FitBit if that is your primary concern.   It’s also one of the pricier models, so if budget is a concern, the FitBit will come out ahead here as well.

Misfit Flash

Speaking of budget savvy customers, if you are very concerned with your budget, the Misfit Flash tracker will be the way to go.  Available for $50 or less, this tracker will monitor your total step count, your sleep duration, and the distance you’ve travelled. It can also approximate calorie burn.

It does not track stairs climbed however and also will not monitor heart rate like the Garmin model will.

As the saying goes, ‘you get what you pay for’. While this device may relay some information, it has a very cheaply made feel, so it may not hold up all that long.  You also cannot sync it with a computer or web application, so it’s not nearly as user-friendly as other models.


So there you have a closer peek into some of the fitness trackers on the market. Keep in mind that this list is by no means comprehensive, so it would be in your best interest to shop around and do some research about the best model for you.