A few years ago I bought myself a Jawbone Up Fitness Tracker, but sadly I lost it, and the company went out of business last year. So it would be useless now anyway. I have really been wanting a new tracker, and luckily, I just got one from my girlfriend as a gift for Christmas! Since I love it so much, I thought I would do a review for you all. I’m glad she didn’t go crazy and buy me a pricey Fitbit. And I am happy to share with you all my experiences with this great Low Cost Fitness Tracker!
If you like to eat, you have got to exercise!
If you have checked out my website at all, you would notice I have a passion for food (and of course, Hot Sauce!). With all that eating I know that exercise is super important, so that I can keep enjoying all the foods I love. I found that having a fitness tracker helps motivate me to exercise more and stay active throughout the day.
So, since I want all of you to enjoy food and be healthy too, I thought it was important to let you all know about the advantages to having a health tracker, and why I like mine so much.
YG3 Smart Fitness Tracker
My new fitness tracker is a YG3 Smart Fitness Tracker. It uses the VeryFit for Heart Rate app. The app is a free download in the Google Play store on your phone (or where ever you personally download your apps from).
This tracker does a lot more than my UP tracker did. The Up was very basic. It tracked steps and sleep only. And the display was just a black face that you could push and watch a blue flashing light move in a circle to tell you where you were in comparison to your daily goal.
This new tracker display is way more informative. With just a glance or a tap of my finger it tells me:
- Battery Charge Level
- How many Steps I have taken
- Distance I have gone
- Calories I have burned
- Also has a timed activity counter
- Can easily switch back and forth from vertical or horizontal display
Affordable, Comfortable, and Durable Fitness Tracker
One of the things I love about this tracker, versus my old tracker, is the band. The Jawbone Up had a terrible band. It was very comfortable, but not durable at all. It broke within the first week and I had to get a new one…which also broke. I had to rig it up to stay on better. And then it ended up falling off while in a casino in Reno! Never to be found again.
I was so upset about it. I knew my new health tracker needed a better band, that latched on like a watch band. This one does just that. It also came with two color choices in the box, so I can switch it out whenever I want.
The band securely attaches to the face, and fits comfortably. It is easy to take on and off, and adjust at any time. I like to loosen it up when I am sleeping. I have worn it pretty much non-stop since I got it 25 or so days ago, and it has been great! And best of all, it is only around $30!
Waterproof and Dust Proof
It is very important to have a waterproof fitness tracker. Since you are wearing it pretty much all the time, it is bound to get wet at some point. This tracker had the dust proof and waterproof rating of IP67. I had to look this up to see what it meant…
According to L-Com (and every other source I checked), “The second number after IP is for the part’s protection against liquids. It ranges from 0 to 8. IP67 equipment is the most commonly found in the connectivity market. It is 100% protected against solid objects like dust and sand, and it has been tested to work for at least 30 minutes while under 15cm to 1m of water.”
So, you may not want to go swimming in it for very long, but for sweating, washing your hands, or doing dishes it is perfectly suited.
Battery Life and Charging
As with any of our new gadgets nowadays, the battery life is crucial to maximum enjoyment. I was a little skeptical when I received this device and saw that it was rechargeable. My old tracker ran on a watch battery, which I only had to change out like once every 6 months.
However, charging my health tracker has not been an issue at all. The charge lasts a little more than a week, and doesn’t take long to charge at all. So when I see that is getting low (it alerts you), I just plug it in while I am watching TV or doing work on my computer. I try to do it when I am doing something pretty stationary, so I don’t miss out on getting my steps tracked (since that’s the whole point).
VeryFit for Heart Rate App and Bluetooth
This app is very similar to the app I used with the Jawbone Up. There really is no discernible difference in the information it relays to you.
First You install the app from the app store, turn on your bluetooth, and locate the device. I had to try to locate a few times, but it finally grabbed it, and I haven’t had any issues syncing up since that first time. I even turn my bluetooth on and off all the time, and it is not a problem.
There are several ways to view the step and sleep info on the app. There is a basic counter view, a detailed breakdown of the day for each, or you can see an overview of the week, month, or year to date.
Other than seeing my daily step count, my favorite part is by far the sleep tracking. I love seeing when I fell asleep and how much deep/shallow sleep I got each night.
It tracks all of these things automatically, and the directions say the device itself will hold up to 7 days worth of information if you don’t get a chance to sync up everyday. I will never test this though, because I check my info at least once a day. That is why I have it after all.
You can see all your step stats for the day on the fitness tracker itself, so you really only need to check the app to see your sleep activity, or long-term stats.
The app also gives you some other options relating to you device and/or phone:
- You can change the display from vertical to landscape view (I prefer the vertical)
- You can use your device to take pictures with your phone
- You can turn on the Sedentary Alert (which buzzes you when are are being lazy)
- You can set alarms
- You can get call and text notifications
- You can have it buzz you when you get too far away from your phone
- You can have it help you find your phone if you can’t locate it
Best Low Cost Fitness Tracker in Review
This is honestly, the least expensive health tracker I could find online, and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I cannot see any reason to pay more. I checked out some Fitbits. I suppose there may be some extra features, or styles someone may prefer that they would be willing to pay more for. I will show some examples here. But if you are just looking to get your steps on, track your sleep, and save some money, I recommend the LetsFit Fitness Tracker!
I hope this post was helpful. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear from you! Talk to you soon, and enjoy your new fitness tracker!
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