We live in such an amazing time, guys – we’ve come a long way in terms of technology and it’s amazing what we have accomplished. In terms of fitness, I am continually blown away by the introduction of technology into fitness and the proliferation of fitness trackers. You know, like the Polar Watch, Fitbit, Jawbone and etcetera.
I can’t tell you my excitement when I first found out about Lumoid and their fitness tracker rental service. How freaking cool right?! Make sure to keep reading to find out how you could win a fitness tracker as well as trying out Lumoid for free!
How Does LUmoid’s Fitness Tracker Rental Service Work?
How Lumoid works is that you can choose 5 different fitness trackers, rent them for two weeks, and then return them when your time is up or you can choose to keep one (or all of them if you really want) and they will charge you the full price of the fitness tracker.
Isn’t this such a smart idea? While I would buy every fitness tracker I could, my budget does not exactly allow for that, and I loved being able to try them out to see whether I liked them and if they were worth buying. I chose to rent the Apple watch sport, Healbe Gobe, Microsoft Band 2, Gym Watch, and the Fitbit Charge HR. Now that my two week rental period is over, I’m excited to tell you what I thought about each fitness tracker.
Fitbit Charge HR
This was my favorite fitness tracker for sure. I really liked how it continuously monitored your heart rate all day long and gave you real time data. Also pretty nifty that it served as a watch as well – that was my only complaint with the Jawbone.
It also tracks how many steps you take, distance you’ve moved, as well as how many flights of stairs you have gone up. I thought that was a unique feature. The Fitbit Charge HR just gives you a lot of data in general, such as how well you sleep and how much you wake up at night. For me personally, I felt like this fitness tracker fit with what I do on a day to day basis perfectly.
Apple Watch Sport
I can’t really make up my mind about the Apple Watch to be honest. While I really enjoyed using it, I personally don’t think it is worth its hefty $399 price tag. I loved the activity feature on it which tracks how many calories you burn through exercise and reminds you to stand once every hour. I was surprised at how many times throughout the week it reminded me to stand up. Guess I get pretty absorbed in my work sometimes!
And of course, I thought it was really cool that you could answer calls with the Apple Watch as well as receive messages and get alerts in general from the apps on your phone. I wish it were cheaper because even though I loved using it, I just can’t see myself buying it for the price it’s sold at.
Microsoft Band 2
I found the interface easy to use and the display was really nice, but what made it stand out was the fact that it was really long and rectangular. Honestly, I think I would prefer a square display but it was still good. I thought that the GPS feature worked well and after looking into it, it’s one of the more affordable bands with GPS built into it – so that’s a really neat feature.
It kind of took a while to sync to my iPhone and it killed the battery faster compared to the Fitbit, which is interesting. In general, it was comfy to wear but a little heavy. All in all I think it’s worth the investment for someone who wants an all-in-one type of wearable.
I didn’t really like this at all. Don’t get me wrong, as the concept is really cool, but for an average gym-goer I just didn’t see the use in this fitness tracker for me personally. The gym watch works by keeping track of your reps, speed, force, power and sets for weight fitness, but I couldn’t program it to track the specific exercises I was doing – it made you choose a workout program from their library (on their app which you have to download).
While it was interesting, I feel like it isn’t something I need. I feel like it would be incredibly useful for athletes and those who compete in fitness competitions. Really cool concept, but not for me.
This is so embarrassing but I couldn’t even get the HealBe GoBe to work! I was SO excited to use it because it is supposed to tell you how many calories you consume in a day, through your blood glucose, or something like that. I wrote more about it over at this post.
I am so excited to partner with Lumoid to bring you guys this fantastic giveaway. There will be two winners: first place wins a Jawbone UP3 (just like the one I have!), and the runner up will receive the chance to use Lumoid and test out any five fitness trackers for free!
Simply head over to my Instagram (click here to see the rules) and enter there – that is your official entry. You can also leave a comment here for an extra bonus entry – just tell me which fitness tracker you would like to try out the most. And please note your Instagram name so I know who you are. And sorry guys, but the giveaway is open to US residents only this time!
Good luck and as always, honestly yours,