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If you made a resolution this year to get more steps in every day, you’ve made a smart one. Walking an estimated 21 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 30%, and walking has also been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and keep you mentally sharp. Just walking 8,200 steps daily is linked to a lower chance of developing certain conditions and chronic diseases.
There are physical and mental health benefits to walking both outdoors and indoors (you should really consider purchasing a treadmill desk), but the trick is actually making yourself get up and go. You know what can help? A fitness tracker, to hold you accountable and record your victories.
While you could spend around $400 for an AppleWatch, $300 for an Oura Ring or $200+ for a Garmin, Amazon makes a couple sleek little fitness trackers that are currently up to 50% off right now, for $34.99 and $49.99 (originally $69.99 and $79.99). Here’s what to know about each of the models on sale right now.
Amazon Halo Band (50% off)
The Amazon Halo Band is perfect for those who don’t want to be distracted by their fitness tracker (or perhaps don’t want to obsess over their stats all day), because there's no outward-facing screen -- the info is sent to your device instead. It’s also a great option if you like wearing an analogue watch, and don’t want to look like you’re wearing two watches. It includes access to basic features like steps, heart rate, sleep time and sleep tracking, and includes 6 months of free membership (after that, it’s $3.99/month). It comes in three colors: black/onyx, blush/rose gold and winter/silver, and three sizes (small, medium and large) and is swimproof and water resistant up to 50 meters. It’s compatible with Alexa, meaning your Alexa-enabled device can tell you your health summary, activity score, sleep quality and more. The Band currently has a 3.7 star rating on Amazon, but reviews have notably improved after a recent updated release. Promising review:
"The killer feature of Halo, from my perspective, is the focus on personalized health and well-being. Every body and mind is unique and therefore - our health tools, tips, and recommendations should be unique too. At a greater scale, this is only doable through the use of machine learning and personalization through the lessons learned from your personal data. Here, I think Amazon has nailed the balance between privacy and personalization. I love that you can keep everything backed up in the cloud, but you can also choose not to. I love that you can export all of your data with the tap of a button. I love that you can erase everything if you want to. I would probably never do that, but having the option makes all the difference. It increases trust in Amazon and the Halo platform." - Kasper Nymand
Amazon Halo View fitness tracker (38% off)
This model has a lot of bells and whistles that the band doesn’t, the most obvious being its display screen. In addition to tracking steps, heart rate, activity and sleep, it also gives you on-demand blood oxygen levels, a library of workout programs, advanced sleep metrics and it can even measure your body fat percentage. This model includes 12 months of membership (it’s $3.99/month after that), and when it’s hooked up to Alexa it can receive call and text notifications, control music, start live workouts and get move reminders right from your wrist. It comes in three colors: active black, lavender dream and sage green, in two sizes (small/medium, medium/large). It’s got a 4-star rating on Amazon. Promising review: "
TLDR: If you’re in the market for a cheaper fitness tracker take your gamble and get it! Make sure you measure your wrist.TLDR: If you’re in the market for a cheaper fitness tracker take your gamble and get it! Make sure you measure your wrist. I was searching for a cheap fitness tracker so that I would be able to track my sleep and more importantly track my heart rate better at the gym. As I was looking at some sketchy ones I saw the Halo View on sale for $35 and after a few hours of contemplation bought it. Knowing what I know now I would have bought it full price as well." - Patrick Carmon