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5 Discreet & Non-Watch Fitness Trackers To Wear In & Out Of The Gym

College life is a hectic one and adding a fitness routine into your academics, part-time jobs, and/or extracurriculars might seem impossible. However, fitness trackers are here to help. Fitness trackers are wearable devices that can not only motivate you to achieve those health goals and get your body moving, but they can even help you achieve a consistent sleep schedule and healthy diet.

When we think about fitness trackers, the first image that probably popped into your head was a wristwatch. While having a wrist fitness tracker can be the obvious option, not everyone wants to advertise their daily step counts on their arm. Additionally, wearing a constant bracelet can be uncomfortable, especially if you wear it to bed! Some wearable fitness trackers are more discreet and will still do the job. If you’re not that into wearing a smartwatch or a fitness band around your wrist, there is an array of fitness trackers to choose from that align with your needs, style, and the type and level of your physical activity.

Fitbit INspire 3

Though originally worn on the wrist, the Fitbit Inspire 3 ($99) has the feature to clip it to clothing with the purchase of an extra accessory. It can go in the waistband of your trousers, belt, sports bra, or anywhere really. While it’s clipped on, you can monitor your steps, calorie data, and sleep time. You will need, however, to place it back on the wrist if you want to check your heart rate. 

Whoop Strap 4.0

The Whoop Strap 4.0 ($49) is a fitness tracker that can go inside your clothes. While you need to pay for a monthly subscription to get your hands on this tracker, it’s a top-quality device that tracks your sleep and monitors your daily workouts. In addition, it tracks core wellness metrics, which show weekly to monthly reports based on your lifestyle choices. 

Bellabeat Leaf Urban

This little friend is period friendly. Yup, the Bellabeat ($85) monitors activity, sleep, and menstrual cycle! Designed originally for women, this fitness tracker can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, or as a clip-on. While it doesn’t have heart rate sensors, it gets the job done and it includes meditation exercise features to try.  

ArcX Ring Tracker

Ring fitness trackers have been around the market for a while now and are great for discreetly monitoring your activity. From heart rate trackers to overall fitness, the ArcX ring ($64) little smart jewel will provide the information you need on how many steps you’ve taken to other more in-depth features.

AMazon Halo

Ankle trackers, such as the Amazon Halo ($70), can literally be hidden from sight and still monitor your daily fit activity. Most of these products are waterproof, so you can wear them while swimming or showering. They are smaller than wrist trackers and are overall a comfortable fit. 

Claudia S. Colon Rosa is the Chapter Leader at the Her Campus at UPR chapter. In addition to overseeing all chapter affairs, she manages the magazine’s editorial and contributes to it as a fellow writer, mainly crafting articles under wellness, life, and entertainment. Beyond Her Campus, Claudia has worked as assistant editor for the English department’s academic journal, Sargasso, where she managed the journal’s printing press and distribution. She has also written for Rebeldia magazine and was part of the Her Campus National Writer program where she published an array of articles. She is currently a senior at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, majoring in English Literature and pre-medical studies. When she’s not writing an essay or overwhelmed with chemistry formulas, Claudia loves to watch anime and exercise to dance parties on YouTube. She gets the best of both worlds and she wouldn’t want to have it any other way.