Wish: Fitness tracker

I was trying to avoid the creation of a wishlist-I-want-it category because I’m trying to cut down on how much I acquire as a consumer.  However, I’m only human and just because I’m not writing these lists doesn’t mean that I don’t actually want something.  I’m thinking of these lists as a coping mechanism and not an encouragement to go out and buy more things because the last thing we all need in this world is more stuff.  In fact, I’d argue that we need less, but that really is another discussion for another time.

So, without further ado, my current wish is for a fitness/lifestyle tracker.

I’m notoriously against the idea of doing things like count calories because the process seems like a lot of work and somewhat unnecessary.  Lately, it seems that I’m stuck in a bit of a rut and quantifying various aspects of my life might be a helpful way to figure what elements of my life need work.  These high tech trackers seem like a pain-free easy way to go.

  1. FitBit Flex – Fitbit has a wide range of tracking products, but I’m partial to the bracelet design just because logistically it seems easier to handle and not lose.  With a clean, adjustable design and easy tracking via apps and your computer, this seems like a good deal.
  2. Nike+ Fuelband – What doesn’t Nike do well?  When it comes to sports equipment and attire for the average person, Nike seems to do a good job.  I generally find their products to be well designed and well made.  Of course I would be happier if they made more products in the good ol’ USA, but I can’t argue with competitive pressure either.  Their bracelet has a sleek design with light up LED messages and tracking that seems more interactive than the other trackers.  I think the extra lights might be a much for my sensibilities, though.
  3. Jawbone UP – Jawbone has a sleek and very well designed bracelet with no real lights or trackers to speak of.  The bracelet seems less obtrusive than the two above, but the drawback is that there is no wireless syncing and it’s a bit pricier.

There are a lot of fitness bands out there on the market, but these seem like the three trackers that I would consider should I go ahead and buy one.

Do you have a fitness/lifestyle tracker?  If so, which one and what do you like about it?