01.06.2016Personal Tech

3 fitness wearables for a healthy start to 2016

By: Albert Aydin
Latest fitness accessories from Fitbit and Motorola found at Verizon.

Update - March 11, 2016: The Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch is now available for purchase from Verizon for $199.99.

It’s that time again to make those New Year’s resolutions a reality. For some it means continuing their healthy routines and for others it’s about starting one.

Fitness wearables can help you get on track to reach your goals, set new ones, and even get your friends in on the fun too with social features. Below are three that can not only help you get that healthy start, but ideally motivate you to a healthy finish.

Fitbit Blaze

A new smart wearable focused on fitness. The Fitbit Blaze includes features like Purepulse Heart Rate so you see continuous heart rate and simplified heart rate zones so you can quickly gauge exercise intensity during workouts. And sometimes we need a personal trainer or a visual of how a workout is done. You can get step-by-step instructions with On-Screen Workouts so you can get coaching on your wrist.

Biking and running may both be cardio but they are different exercises and should be tracked as such. The Multi-Sport mode allows for real-time stats and more precise tracking based on the activity you choose. The wearable is also more than just fitness smart, its has smartwatch capabilities like reading your text, notification, and calendar alerts or also able to play and control your music on your phone.

The Fitbit Blaze is now available for pre-order online for $199.99. The wearable is available in Black, Blue, and Plum color options with additional interchangeable bands that will be available at launch.

Moto 360 2nd Gen Sport

A fitness wearable and a smartwatch don’t need to be separate devices. You can have both with the Moto 360 2nd Gen Sport. You get all the smartwatch features of the Moto 360 plus some additional fitness capabilities in a durable and comfortable design.

The wearable has a built-in GPS that allows you to track your distance and pace. What it also means is that you can go out for your jog without your phone and still map your run, track your heart rate and steps. Now you won’t need to have that internal debate if you really need to bring your phone with you.

The Moto 360 2nd Gen Sport will be available for purchase online beginning January 7th for $299.99. The wearable will be available in Black, Flame, and White color models.

Fitbit Charge

The Fitbit Charge is January’s Accessory of the Month. The wearable is available at the discounted price of $99.99 (normally $129.99) until the end of the month. The Charge is available in Black and Slate color models. It accurately track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes. And it can also monitor how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alarm.

Each month we’ll be featuring an Accessory of the Month where customers can get a popular accessory at a discounted price for the entire month.

Albert Aydin is a Verizon Wireless manager for Corporate Communications focusing on the latest and greatest wireless devices. He writes about smartphones, accessories, wearables, virtual reality, and all the cool things you can do using 4G LTE.