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Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories for Fitness Fans


Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories for Fitness Fans

The Holidays are upon us. If one day seems busier than the next and you feel there’s just never enough time to get it all done, you’re not alone. Long days at work, perhaps the challenges of raising a family, time spent catching up with friends and the routine tasks that occupy our daily lives all add up to very full days.

And these busy lifestyles may mean less time to keep up with some important things, such us keeping in check with our healthy eating and exercise habits.

So this year, instead of giving that special someone a gift that will be moved to the back of the closet or re-gifted at next year’s White Elephant gift exchange, choose something they can truly use: a fitness tracker.

Designed to be worn all day, these handy wearables come in a variety of styles and make it easier to keep track of calories, steps and activity as your favorite athlete or fitness newbie goes about their busy lives.

Not sure which fitness tracker to choose? Check out this list of the best and the brightest fitness tracking devices, available from Verizon:

Gift idea #1 and # 2: Fitbit® Charge 2
and Fitbit® Blaze

Help your special friend or family member make a commitment to fitness with the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate and Fitness Wristband or Fitbit® Blaze Smart Fitness Watch.

Both wearables are designed for all day, continuous tracking of your steps, distance walked, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. They also feature SmartTrack™ technology which automatically recognizes select exercises and records them in the Fitbit app and a multi-sport tracking feature which effortlessly reports runs, biking, cardio and more with real-time stats. 

PurePulse™ automatic, wrist-based heart-rate monitoring* measures calorie burn with better accuracy for optimum intensity training. And the trackers’ GPS function can be used to map the route when out jogging and display speed and distance. Both also are water-resistant† and can display Caller ID, text and calendar notifications from a nearby smartphone.

The Charge 2 and Blaze have many great features in common, but there are also a few differences to consider:

Fitbit Charge 2 is a sleek and fashionable wristband that easily goes from day at the office to night on the town. In addition to helping you keep track of your activity, Charge 2 is also ready to aid in your relaxation through personalized prompts that take you through guided breathing exercises so they can wind down.

Fitbit Blaze is a bold, fashion-forward smartwatch that makes its presence known. Complete with graphics to help coach you along, Fitbit Blaze delivers FitStar exercise programs and customized video workouts right to your wrist. It also wirelessly syncs to more than 200 compatible devices so stats can be easily reviewed at home or on the go. Fitbit Blaze is stylish enough for all-day wear, too. Choose from an assortment of changeable, high-resolution clock faces. For even more variety, customize your Blaze with strikingly handsome metal, leather and sport bands (sold separately).

Gift idea #3: Garmin vivosmart® HR Activity Tracker

The go-getter in your life will appreciate the Garmin vivosmart HR Activity Tracker. This smart tracker learns your activity level and suggests personalized daily step goals. Goals are adjusted daily, progressively moving your loved one along toward their long-term aspirations. A move bar is displayed and a gentle vibration is emitted during periods of prolonged inactivity. The vivosmart HR features a sleek wristband with an invisible display that lights up when a notification comes in or when they give the band a tap. Then the OLED display will shine through the band to reveal their  heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, distance, time of day, intensity minutes and notifications from their connected smartphone. The LCD is encased in a band that’s sleek and has a 5 ATM water rating (164 ft.)§ so they can shower and swim with little worry while wearing vivosmart HR.

Gift idea #4: Garmin vivoactive® HR GPS Smartwatch

Designed to please the most-active sports enthusiast, Garmin vivoactive® HR uses GPS-enabled, built-in sports apps to track your stats —no phone connection required— while Move iQ™ automatically tracks your walking, running, biking, elliptical training and other activities throughout the day1.  Built-in wrist-based heart-rate technology* monitors calories burned and measures activity intensity. In addition to monitoring your heart rate, vίvoactive HR records your daily fitness activities and automatically syncs the data with your compatible mobile device*. Easily see fitness stats, as well as smart notifications from your connected smartphone, displayed on the smartwatch display -- even in bright sunlight. And the sleek band is comfortable enough to wear all day.

Staying fit with the help of tech is easy to do. Check out these and other fitness accessories at Wearable Tech and Sports and Fitness.

*Like all heart rate monitoring technologies, accuracy is affected by physiology, location of device and different movements.

†- Fitbit Charge 2 is water-resistant to 3 ATM. Fitbit Blaze is sweat, rain and splash proof, but not swim proof.

‡- The following phones have been tested by Garmin and deemed compatible to work with their Bluetooth® smart devices: Android, Apple, Windows 10 Phone.

§ - Can be submerged for up to 30 minutes and a depth of up to 1 meter.

1 - The data and information provided by these devices is intended to be a close estimation of your activity and metrics tracked, but may not be completely accurate, including step, sleep, distance, heart rate and calorie data. While our wrist HR monitor technology is state of the art, there are inherent limitations with the technology that may cause some of the heart rate readings to be inaccurate under certain circumstances. These circumstances include the user’s physical characteristics, the fit of the device and the type and intensity of the activity as outlined above.