2018’s New Fitness Trackers Will Boost Your Body and Mind

Written by Allie

This spring’s newest wearable technology fitness trackers and wearables are all about whole-body health.

We’re always trying to keep up with the latest innovations and trends in fitness technology. After all, IncentFit’s thousands of users rely on us to work seamlessly with their favorite devices, and to introduce them to new ways to track fitness.

In this year’s three newest devices, we’re seeing trends in sleep, meditation, new outdoor activities, and more well-rounded approaches to health.

Fitbit Versa
Image credit: Fitbit

Fitbit Versa

This sleek smartwatch features typical exercise and sleep tracking, but now boasts a four-day battery life, improved water resistance for swimming, and more personalized health coaching throughout. Find calm throughout the day with guided “breathing sessions” based on your heart rate. See your stats at a glance on the watchface, or more in depth on the accompanying mobile app.

What’s new: A reproductive health feature helps track periods, fertility, and other health symptoms. Cycle-tracking has been a popular third-party app function, but now you can track it all right in the Fitbit companion app.

You’ll want this if: You’re looking for a stylish all-in-one option that combines fitness tracking, personal health reminders, and regular smartwatch features.

How much: $199. Add a Fitbit Coach subscription ($39.99 a year) to get unlimited on-screen workouts.

Apple Watch
Image credit: Apple

Apple Watch Series 3

You’d never dream of taking a swim with your smartphone. With the latest in the Apple Watch series, you can stay connected while swimming, biking, or even on the ski slopes.

Stick with your favorite iOS apps—it’s compatible with all major fitness apps—or try out something different with yoga, hiking, skiing, or meditation.

What’s new: Are you a treadmill warrior? Now tap and pair your watch with compatible gym equipment. Your heart rate, speed, calories, and distance will sync wirelessly and record accurate results. New built-in cellular means you can leave your phone in your gym locker and still stream music or send a text, though it’s not available on all carriers.

You’ll want this if: You prefer high-end gadgets, but want to leave your phone behind while you work or play.
How much: Starts at $329 and goes up with your choice of band.

Amazifit Bip
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Amazfit Bip

The latest wearable from Huami, the Bip is one of the most affordable full-feature smartwatches out there. It’s a lightweight version of more popular or premium watches (like Apple’s), but not lacking in insights.

Enjoy GPS-enabled outdoor running, walking, or bike rides, or take it indoors to track treadmill running. After your workout, review detailed info on heart rate, calorie burn, distance, and activity duration.

Most interesting is Bip’s sleep rating system. After a night of sleep, you’ll see how your sleep ranks compared to other users, with a breakdown of your deep sleep, light sleep and awake time. Feeling a bit restless? You might get suggestions on how to better optimize your personal sleep patterns, like an earlier or more consistent bedtime.

What’s new: No more low-battery notification midway through the workday. The Bip boasts 30 days of battery life, or up to 45 with minimal notifications.

You’ll want this if: You want to improve your health and sleep on a budget.

How much: $99

Fitness Trackers by Activity Type

We have published helpful mini-guides for the best fitness trackers for indoor runningbest tracker for indoor cycling and spinning, and the best fitness tracker for swimming.

Just keep in mind that buying a fitness tracker won’t be enough to create healthy habits due to these 3 research backed reasons.

Before you bulk-purchase fitness trackers for your employees, learn how to use them effectively. Or chat with one of our workplace wellness experts on how you can integrate IncentFit (which works with 30+ supported apps and devices) into your company’s healthy future.

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