My Top Recommended Tech Wearables

Fitness tech wearables are the hotness right now and have been for a minute now so find out the ones I recommend. 

Fitness trackers are a great way to help you not only track your steps but your vitals such as resting heart rate, blood pressure as well as water consumption.  Here are some top recommendations you may be interested in. #fitnesstracker #techwearables #heartratemonitor #HRM #polarwatch #applewatch #garmin #samsunghealth

Truth be told – they been around for years.  It started out as a basic heart rated monitor (HRM) and then it got smarter and morphed into tracking folk’s sleep patterns, steps, water consumption, stress level and much more.  

The longer this trend lasts, the more I see advancement of the devices’ capabilities and functionality.  That isn’t a bad thing because I take it that means there is something for everyone.  

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Here I share my top recommended tech wearables because I have used them for many years, months and weeks and can share my experience (good and bad) with each.  Check it out.

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch continues to be all the rage and I even purchased one for my husband. He rarely wore it and it collected dust but I have friends who actively use theirs often.


  • Can load additional apps on it
  • Closing rings daily is a thing to help keep people active
  • Popular so you are bound to find a friend with one and join challenges together.
  • Many varieties to fit all types of budgets


  • Can be pricey so be sure which bells and whistles you really want and will use

Garmin VivoSmart 4

I first received a Garmin VivoSmart 4 a few years ago when my husband’s place of employment provided incentives to workout at the gym, etc. I earned enough points to afford to select this fitness tracker. Since then I purchased two more with my own money. Not because the first one broke but because I don’t even want to walk around without it as it charges.


  • Sleek and petite footprint
  • Doesn’t require a chest strap
  • Has a host of bio health items it tracks such as stress level, resting heart rate, water consumption, as well as steps, how many steps climbed, and total calories burned during exercise
  • Syncs to your mobile phone to see notifications and who is calling
  • Comes with an app to download to your phone
  • Charges fully in about 30 minutes
  • App provides ability to create and participate in group challenges


  • Can be a little pricey
  • Next generation version is out so not sure how much longer the 4 will be available.
  • Requires charging every 4 days with regular use
  • Considers movement of your arm as you brush your teeth steps (no bueno)

Polar A300

Before I got my Garmin I was totally a Polar girl and still am. I enjoy the Polar A300 but really only use it when I workout because I do like how accurate it is with my calorie burn tracking. Other trackers don’t seem to be as accurate to me.


  • Reliable brand that makes quality trackers
  • Very accurate when tracking calories from exercise
  • Can change out the bands with different colors for variety


  • Requires a chest strap which is sold separately
  • The Polar Flow app is what is used to sync up your tracker to the app which is clunky and not user friendly
  • App doesn’t allow for group challenges

So there you have it folks.  I have used each of these fitness tech wearables mentioned above and for the most part – they are all a good purchase and worth the money.  

It just depends on exactly what you are looking to measure along your fitness journey.

Which tech wearable do you use?

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9 Replies to "My Top Recommended Tech Wearables"

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    Carla July 6, 2015 (6:49 am)

    I currently love my MIRA but I. Crazy. Too. And. Want. Them. All.

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    July 6, 2015 (7:48 am)

    I use the FT4 and I am in love with it. I haven’t used anything else because I think my FT4 gets the job done. The only thing I wish it had was a pace tracker like a garmin does so I can check my pace while I check how many calories I burned. But other than that it’s great!

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    July 6, 2015 (8:59 am)

    I use all different kinds of Mios (alpha, alpha2, fuse, link) and my fav out of all of them is the alpha2. I also just received a fitbit and have been trying it out but haven’t been consistent with it- still need to figure out how to track my sleep, haha! 🙂

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    Lynne Streeter Childress
    July 7, 2015 (3:51 pm)

    Thanks for the suggestions. I had a HRM when I was pregnant with my son 3 years ago so I could keep my HR under 140 in spin class. It was very useful. I don’t think I have used it since. Time for an upgrade!

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    July 8, 2015 (2:41 pm)

    I have the Fitbit Charge HR. So far, I really like it. My only thing is that I have to remove it every now & then because I have gotten some skin irritation from the band.

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      July 8, 2015 (3:45 pm)

      I’ve heard folks complain about minor irritation every now and then unfortunately.

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    Paula Kiger
    July 8, 2015 (10:25 pm)

    From April 2012 – August 2014, I used a Polar FT1 (whatever the most basic one is!). Then I was given a gift certificate that allowed me to get a Garmin 220. The Garmin gives me so much more data, easier to understand, etc. etc. I love it (and I have gotten used to the chest strap).

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    July 9, 2015 (6:48 am)

    Great reviews! A few of these I hadn’t heard of. I have the Misfit Shine, it’s an activity tracker like the Fitbit but not nearly as robust. I got it for a Christmas gift last year and I really like it but it does have some limitations, and it falls out of its wrist strap easily.

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      July 9, 2015 (6:49 am)

      Oh really Janelle? I’ve seen that one before but have never tried it.