Being all things health, I'm always eager to try new technology that helps you stay on top of your live well game. Health trackers are all the rage right now, and Fitbit's new Alta wristband -- out March 2016 -- is the latest to hit the scene.
If you've been reluctant to try a tracker, this is one to check out. Its sleek and lightweight design makes it feel more like a must-have accessory than a hard-working health tracker. Just tap the screen and get all your stats, including steps, calories burned, hours slept, and of course, miles and minutes of exercise you've logged. Like the earlier models, you can tap into social support and connect with fellow Fitbit-ers, create competitions, and cheer each other on.
On the tech front, Alta takes the motivation factor up a notch, nudging you with a little buzz if you've been sitting too long, encouraging you to meet a mini-goal of 250 steps each hour. The SmartTrack technology recognizes when you're moving and exercising, so you get automatic credit for it. Alta also syncs with your phone so you get calendar, text, and call notifications.
I had the chance to try one, and besides finding out that I'm a really good sleeper—8.5 hours with only three periods of restlessness!—I loved the way it looked in the black classic fitness band with a gold stainless steel tracker. (It's like the Gucci of wearables, one friend commented.) And, it was truly comfortable. Whenever I wear bracelets, I usually have to take them off when I start working on my computer, but I barely knew I had the Alta on.
What: Fitbit Alta
How much: $129.95 in silver or gold stainless steel (coming soon). Classic fitness bands in black, blue, teal, and plum ($29.99). Leather band in graphite or plush pink ($59.95), camel coming soon.