Move over pedometer: Fitbit is the new black

How were we even able to track our activity and tell time easily before Fitbits came along? These sleek watches are sweeping schools and businesses all over the nation, coming in a slew of colors and styles. Their flexibility allows you to be able to move seamlessly from work to the gym, while still maintaining that professional and high-tech look.

Emily Spann and Hunter Johnson wear their fitbits everywhere.

This past summer, Fitbit even unveiled new upgrades for their most popular activity trackers. They’re releasing the Charge 2, which boasts bigger screens, better GPS, and even an app for breathing exercises. They’re also coming out with the Flex 2, which will be a watch instead of a necklace and is waterproof up to 50 meters deep.

Some may think that these fitness bands are only for high-performing athletes, but their technology makes it so simple for everyone to exercise. It automatically logs your steps and puts you into competitions with your friends. You even get a little reward if you reach the daily goal of 10,000 steps.

Comparable to the Apple Watch, Fitbits can sometimes run for half the price of their Apple counterparts. The difference from other fitness trackers (such as the Nike+ FuelBand, Jawbone, etc. ) is that it syncs up directly to your smartphone, so you can take calls but won’t be pestered with notifications. It also tracks sleep quality, heart rate, calories burned, steps climbed on stairs, and other activities. In terms of battery life, Time states that the four-to-five day long battery is a “favorite aspect,” compared to the day and a half long battery for Apple Watch and the three day long battery for the Samsung Gear Fit2.

For fashionistas, Fitbit announced that they’re teaming up with designers like Tory Burch and Simply Vera to release fitness bands and accessories in 2017.

Carla Cave, fashionista at SHS, models the newest style.
Carla Cave, fashionista at SHS, models the newest style.

Why not take advantage of this “futuristic” technology? You can exercise and look cool doing it. Fitbit proudly displays reviews from major publications and awards on their website, so they’re a trusted business with a high-quality product. So go ahead and take the plunge with fitness bands: your body will thank you.

JoJo Welborn is a member of the SHS journalism club and a student of the Yadkin Virtual Academy of Journalism.