Assoc. for Women in Science

Winter 2015

AWIS Magazine covers topics important to women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine fields. Topics include career advancement, work-life balance, the state of science and technology, women’s wellness, and AWIS’ political and

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48 association for women in science | winter 2015 Top Five Fitness Trackers The Best Fitness Trackers for Your Lifestyle The Best Fitness Trackers for Your L 1. Best for Everyday Users: Fitbit Surge Considered a full fitness super watch, the Surge uses continuous heart rate monitoring to give accurate feedback on all of the basics. Plus, the Surge has measures specific to sports such as a GPS for running and cycling and gym capabilities. Plus its app capabilities are stellar and simple, and the full OLED screen displays calls, texts and notifications in full. So it nearly does it all, and it does it all well. Drawbacks: Design and price Features: Accurate run tracking, steps, sleep tracking, GPS sports tracking, heart rate, notifications Price: $249.99 3. Best for Swimming: Moov Fitness Tracker Moov Fitness Tracker is more than just a tracker for swimmers. It is a coach designed to offer metrics on improving your swimming via Bluetooth and will compare your swim to an Olympic athlete. All of this is in addition to traditional data such as stroke type, rate, distance, efficiency, lap times and pool stamina. Plus, it is waterproof at up to 50 meters. Drawbacks: No display screen Features: Real-time audio coaching for running/cycling/cardio boxing/body weight, sleep tracking, waterproof, 3D motion tracking, 6 months battery life Price: $79.99 5. Best for the Style-Conscious: Withings Activité You would never guess that step counting, distance monitoring and sleep tracking come from this sleek, Swiss-made analogue watch. The design is classic and luxurious and anything but a chunky piece of plastic. Plus, the watch is shockingly waterproof up to 50m and includes a sport strap to switch out with the fine calf leather strap for those more intense moments. Drawbacks: Price and poor sleep tracking Features: Steps, sleep, calorie counting, alarm, app, waterproof Price: $450 2. Best for Runners: Garmin Forerunner 225 If you want to forgo any other fancy bits and just focus on running, then go with the Garmin Forerunner 225. This watch covers all the running basics—distance, time, pace and lap time—plus it has bonus built-in GPS. Even more so, the 225 has a built-in heart rate monitor and calorie tracker with waterproof capabilities. It's a solid, accurate option for all-day wearers with a strong interest in running. Drawbacks: No automatic syncing, poor sleeping data, no cycling option Features: Step counting, sleep tracking, GPS sports tracking, heart rate monitor, waterproof Price: $299 4. Best for Outdoor Enthusiasts: Garmin Vivoactive The Garmin Vivoactive is the best pick for the truly active person who takes fitness seriously. Coming in at a reasonable price, this tracker combines fitness and sports features with a GPS to accurately track running, cycling, swimming and evening golfing with live pace and distances. One review even dubbed it "a jack-of-all-trades that does the essentials." Plus the notifications are heralded as accurate and useful, but never bombarding. Drawbacks: Dull screen, clunky design, poor sleep tracking Features: Daily step tracking, GPS run/bike/golf tracking, notifications, app, color touch screen Price: $249.99 workingfashion wearable fitness

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