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Friday fun for the IT crowd: Fitness trackers for tech geeks

November 25, 2014

So, we all ate too much yesterday. And then promptly burned those calories by … taking a nap? Watching football? Ha!

So perhaps today, Black Friday, has you thinking about deals on fitness wearables. But the jury’s still out on whether they’re really useful—yet. Or how data privacy issues will play out. But lots of people love the data they receive about sleep, exercise and other health factors. If you’re looking for a fitness tracker wearable, we suggest three choices.

Vivofit, $129

This popular waterproof band has a long-lasting watch that runs up to a year, and all the basic features you’d want: sleep tracking, steps walked and calories burned. It has wireless syncing but many reviewers reported problems with this feature.

Fitbit Charge, $129

This watch does basically everything, from monitor the quality and length of your sleep to wake you up in the morning. (It does not make the coffee but I wouldn’t be surprised if that feature comes with the next model). It has some smartwatch features like incoming call alerts and offers easy auto-syncing with your phone. Other pluses: It's water-resistant and has a 10-day battery.

Jawbone Up3, $179

If you’re looking to splurge—and believe in the power of Big Data—the Up3 is an extra-smart tracker. It can perform super-human feats like measuring currents that indicate your level of hydration—then integrate that with knowledge of your fitness activities and water consumption to remind you to hydrate. It also has a feature I’d love, an idle alert vibration to remind you to get up from your desk once in awhile, because too much sitting is killing you.

Lisa Dare is a marketing writer for TEKsystems who enjoys learning about IT from some of the smartest folks in tech. She frequently blogs about IT career advice and the lighter side of tech, and on her off days loves to kayak and play with her toddler son.

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