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Exercise Tracker — Top 10 Bests. Read full review

A fitness or exercise tracker is an important device used for monitoring and measuring your daily physical activity. Before buying an exercise tracker, you should consider your fitness goals because with the right tracker you will achieve the specific and desired health objectives. Fitness trackers also range from simple to sophisticated ones, however below is a guide to help you get the best tracker to fit your lifestyle and budget.

How exercise tracker work

All fitness trackers use sensors for them to monitor and track your movements, mainly by connecting and sync with a PC or a Smartphone to store your daily data activities. These activities vary and may include steps taken, hours slept, calories consumed and burned, heart rate, perspiration levels, distance walked and skin temperature.

Some trackers allow you to sync with other external heart monitors as well as other devices that provide more accurate readings. Other makes provide Smartwatch alerts such as incoming texts, calls, and emails hence providing motivation to the user. They also share your health data remotely with your doctor.

Below are the top ten exercise trackers:

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Huawei Watch 2 Full Review

Huawei made a huge impact on the smart watch market with their original Huawei Watch and they’ve done it again with the latest Huawei Watch 2. Huawei Watch 2 is bigger, bolder and far sportier than the original, slightly formal Huawei Watch. With a mass of features it’s a watch that’s about far more than just its looks too. There is GPS to track your runs, an optical heart rate sensor for health and Android Pay for mobile payments.

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TomTom Spark 3 Full Review

Your search for a great running watch ends with the TomTom Spark 3, a 3rd Generation GPS based running watch created by sat nav and maps specialist, TomTom. This is the latest version of the TomTom Spark and is also commonly referred to as TomTom Spark 3. This satnav expert has almost the same formula as its predecessor with certain significant changes in the tracking and design departments.

With the Spark 3 you can track your swimming, running and cycling activities along with daily sleep and activity monitoring. This running watch also comes with an optical heart rate monitor that is built in as well as music that can be stored on-board and played via headphones that are Bluetooth connected. These amazing features make this running watch a total package that can work without additionally requiring a smartphone or a chest wrap separately.

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Garmin vivoactive software update

Garmin updated software for vivoactive to version 3.50

Size: 2 MB

It is recommended to use Garmin Express to make the update. It’s really easy, you will be guided through all the process, which takes less than 2 minutes. Please, make sure the battery is charged before proceeding with the update.

What’s new in the update? *

  • Updated Connect IQ to support version 1.2.6
  • Improved Bluetooth synchronization
  • Fixed a weather synchronization bug
  • Improved screen refresh on some pages

*Taken from Garmin vivoactive support website

Side note, that the Garmin viovactive is in the “Best Sellers” league on Amazon (Today’s pick) 🙂

Related links:

Garmin vivoactive review

Garmin vivoactive HR review

Garmin Express

 

Today’s pick – Garmin vivoactive

#1 Best Seller on Amazon

Garmin Vivoactive

Garmin Vivoactive

I have own Garmin vivoactive for quite some time now. Even if it is not the latest model, I still enjoy it. I’m tempted by a new model with wrist-based heart rate monitor, but I may put over for some time until there are further improvements. I also still like the look of it. Although my girlfriend doesn’t share my opinion.

I use the vivoactive mostly for walking, occasional runs and short workouts. I like the “7-minute workout” (check on google or youtube – absolutely love to start the day with short series of exercises). The 7-minute workout app doesn’t come preloaded on vivoactive, but it is very easy to download from Garmin’s CONNECT IQ.

You will need to connect your device to a computer. Use the Garmin Express (from there: “Mange Apps” >>”Get More Apps” – you’ll be redirected to CONNECT IQ website, where you can choose an app you like).

 

Related Links: 
Garmin vivoactive review here

On Garmin website here

Custom apps and Watch Faces here (Connect IQ)

If you have any questions in regards to Garmin vivoactive, send me an e-mail or leave your comment below.

Garmin Connect Mobile app updated

Garmin released update for Connect Mobile app – version 3.5

Garmin Connect Mobile App

Garmin Connect Mobile

Size (iPhone) – 73.9 MB

Price: Free (compatible with Garmin into Sport/fitness devices: activity trackers, GPS watches for golf, bike computers, running and swimming watches…..Yes, Garmin has it all 😉 ).

To manually update the app on your iPhone: App Store >> Updates (bottom right) >> UPDATE (next to the app)

To set the automatic updates: Settings >> iTunes & App Store >> Updates

What’s new: 

  • Thanks to Garmin’s Move IQ, activities such as walking, running, biking or swimming will be automatically recognized.
  • Support for new devices added: vivofit 3, and vivoactive HR (review on vivoactive HR here; both new models are available for pre-order from Amazon).
  • Also integration with Apple Health has been improved.
  • Additionally some bug fixes and improvements.

Download:

  1. iTunes (Apple Store)
  2. Google Play (android)
  3. Windows Store 

Related links:

Garmin Connect

 

TomTom Thailand app updated

TomTom on iTunes

TomTom

If you already purchased the app:
TomTom Thailand
updated to version 1.23

If you haven’t purchased it yet, it was recommended by TomTom to buy TomTom GO Mobile, as the TomTom Thailand will not be updated in the future. 

File size (on iPhone): 547 MB

What’s new:

General performance improvements and bug fixes.

 

To manually update the app on your iPhone: App Store >> Updates (bottom right) >> UPDATE

To set automatic updates: Settings >> iTunes & App Store >> Updates

 

Related links:

TomTom GO Mobile on iTunes

Runkeeper app updated

Runkeeper app updated to version 6.8

Runkeeper

Runkeeper

Price: Free (basic features)

Size of the update on iPhone: 49.5 MB

Runkeeper is an app for keeping track of your fitness activities like running, walking, cycling. Home page of Runkeeper here.

On Google Play this application has over 370,00 reviews giving average of 4.5 (out of 5).

What’s new?
Added Weekly Frequency Goal and Community and Friends Challenges information (view the history, invite friends to join, and also see how many runners joined the challenge).

Download Runkeeper Free version from iTunes (iPhone)

Download from Google Play (android)

Amazon ships Fenix 3 HR to Thailand

I got an e-mail today asking “Where can I buy Garmin Fenix 3 HR in Thailand?”. Below is the answer:

Great news for those impatiently expecting the Garmin Fenix 3 HR in Thailand: Amazon ships this model to Thailand. Love the idea and I will definitely spread the news to all my friends in Thailand interested in purchasing this model. I believe it will take  months before it is available in the local shops, so if you can’t wait any longer, order today from Amazon and have it delivered to you in the first week of April.
From what I can see, this model is desired by many (include me in that group) and it’s also getting very good reviews.

Purchase the Fenix 3 HR in Thailand

Related links:

Check out our review on this model here

Garmin Fenix 3 HR, Gray on Amazon

Garmin Fenix 3 HR on Garmin

 

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