Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have bothered publishing an article dedicated to the best Fitbit trackers for the elderly – or Seniors today.
We had only recently published a list of the best fitness trackers for the elderly a while back.
However, when that article went live, we received a lot of requests for a similar one – focusing only on Fitbit models.
The request was understood – afterall, Fitbit makes awesome trackers, has a lot of customers/fans that will never bother with another brand save theirs and importantly, is one of the most recognizable brand name, so far as the business of tracking fitness is concerned.
So, here we are with another (similar) article for our dear Senior/aged readers who happen to be fans of Fitbit.
If you’re also interested in the best Fitbit activity trackers, here we are today. Kindly read carefully.
Best Fitbit Trackers for the Elderly
The Fitbit activity trackers listed here are listed in a hierarchical order.
Accordingly thus, take a close look at the first options carefully, as we sincerely believe that they have the greatest potential to serve you as an aged/elderly user.
Here we go:
1. Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch
The very first Fitbit piece of technology that is suited for Seniors is the Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch.
Modeled in the form and character of a conventional wristwatch, this activity tracker was initially modeled and intended for athletes: to train smarter and go further – in Fitbit’s own words.
However, in the process of perfecting the ideal activity tracker to help athletes ‘push further’, the company pushed itself right into manufacturing the very perfect and ideal fitness tracking tool for Seniors and the elderly.
Powered with GPS tracking, continuous-automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones, this Fitbit tracker is simply the best when it comes to the business/reality of ensuring that the aged keep fit and look as trim as possible.
Why the Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch is a Perfect Tracker for Seniors
There are many awesome reasons why the Fitness Surge Superwatch is a super perfect tracker for Seniors and the elderly today.
However, we’ll cover only the most important/basic:
- The tracker sports a normal wristwatch design. For Seniors who would rather have nothing on their wrists save a watch, this is a huge plus.
- The Surge deploys GPS – and tracks virtually all metrics any Senior would need tracked: heart beats, elevations, stairs climbed, steps taken and a whole lot of other options that most elderly persons may not even bother with 🙂
- Ability to monitor sleep automatically and help users wake up with a silent alarm.
- Long battery life (the tracker can be used for up to a week without the need to recharge its battery).
- Finally, the Surge comes in a plethora of sizes, from small to extra large and everything in-between. Seniors are thus guaranteed that they’ll find a fitting size; their very own size.
2. Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker
There are some Seniors/elderly persons who are not comfortable with anything remotely implicated to tech.
For such Seniors, the Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker is the perfect option/choice: it is smart enough to perform its task – but ‘feature’ enough to endear itself to all categories of users, especially, the elderly.
Sporting the basic features needed in a tracker, this is piece of tracking tech that is devoid of all unnecessary baggage, giving way to only what is truly important: steps taken, distance covered and calories burned.
What is more?
The unit features a simple clip-on hook that takes less than a second to clip right on the belt, pocket or anywhere else its use is desired.
The greatest of all its features?
It is waterproof. This means that, even in the event that it slips right into water, there would simply be no cause for alarm!
What Makes the Fitbit Zip Super Ideal for the Senior Population?
The reasons for the popularity of the Fitbit Zip with the Senior population are as many as they are varied.
However, as it is customary, we’ll take only the first 5 most important:
- Waterproof technology that ensures that the tracker does not come to harm, even when it lands right into water.
- Simply clip-on design that makes it super practical even for octogenarians and nonagenarians.
- Intense focus on the three most important fitness metrics needed to be tracked: steps taken, distance covered and calories burned.
- Tap display that projects all recorded metrics with a single tap of the screen.
- Long lasting battery that runs up to 6 months per cycle.
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3. Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch
Yet again, we’ve landed on another comprehensive fitness tracker for the elderly from the stables of Fitbit.
This one is called the Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch.
Like the Fitbit Surge covered above, this fitness watch was not also intentionally meant for Seniors, the aged or the elderly.
It was meant for sportsmen and women – who are interested in measuring different fitness/performance metrics during both training and actual performance.
However, with the vigorous design and improvements needed to meet the specs for the athletic user, the company also succeeded in unintentionally making something that serves the elderly population quite nicely.
The most impressive features of the tracker includes its all day activity tracking ability coupled with its multi-faceted clock face.
Why the Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch Fits the Senior Lifestyle
The practical nature of the Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch endears it to a lot of admiration and love from Seniors and the elderly population.
However, here are the tracker’s greatest selling points – points that are in line with the Senior population’s fitness tracking needs:
- Wristwatch design – and rendering.
- Multi-tracking. This ensures that cycling activities and all such non traditional forms of exercise are recorded and rendered smartly.
- Special heart rate monitoring system, ideal for the elderly.
- Silent alarm – that is capable of waking only the wearer, even if a bed is shared.
- Long and impressive battery life…up to 5 days of daily use.
4. Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker
This is our fourth and very last Fitbit tracker for the elderly…however, if we’re to use these trackers ourselves, we’ve probably go with this one 🙂
The Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker is fashioned like the Fitbit Zip. Essentially thus, it deploys the clip-on technology and is as basic and straightforward as most elderly persons love their tech.
The basic nature of the Fitbit One notwithstanding, the tracker tracks steps taken, distance walked, calories burned and most importantly, stairs climbed – if the elderly user still has the energy – and patience to still use the staircase.
The most exciting thing about this tracker is that it wakes you – and not your partner – with a silent alarm.
Then, the fun part: you can actually set goals, view their progress and actively earn badges, a sort of ‘reward’ to achieving the set goal(s)!
What tracker actively beats the simplicity and ease of use of this one when used in retirement where only the grand kids are permitted to ‘disturb’?
What Makes the Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker Good for Seniors?
Many things – and as a matter of fact, we’re going to delve right into them in a moment.
Here are the selling points of the Fitbit One – at least for the aged user:
- Simple and straightforward operation/features: tracks steps taken, distance covered, stairs climbed and calories burned.
- Silent alarm to wake only the elderly uses who has it on his/her person.
- Sleep monitor that actively monitors the quality of your sleep.
- Simply clip-on design that can be brilliantly operated by a Senior/an elderly without any challenge.
- Water resistant! Welcome, grand kids!
Wrap Up/Summary of the Ideal Fitbit for Seniors/the Aged
All things good must come to an end 🙂
Our article here, while we would have loved it to continue indefinitely, must also come to a logical conclusion.
However, we can sleep easy today knowing that we served the cause of the Senior generation and answered the question, what is the best Fitbit for the elderly?
A question you too may have had for years.
However, before we go, kindly understand this:
- If you’re a Senior that is not comfortable with tech – or you’re shopping for an aged user that passionately hates technology, kindly opt for either the Fitbit Zip or Fitbit One.
- One the other hand, a Senior/an elderly person that is at home with tech will do awesomely well with either the Fitbit Surge or the Fitbit Blaze.
Take care – and have a wonderful shopping experience 🙂