They are technology’s amazing solution for those of us who are serious about fitness. They’ll track our movements throughout the day—and some will even give us a reminder if we’re not meeting our activity goals.
It’s something you’ll constantly wear, so make sure you’re satisfied with its looks. Liken it to a watch or favorite piece of jewelry. Many—but not all—have display screens, and they are meant to interface with your mobile device or computer.
Fitness trackers are made to be rugged. Temperature shouldn’t bother them, but you’ll want to make sure that it’s rated to be submerged if you plan to use your fitness tracker for swimming. Most basic fitness trackers can measure whether or not you’re in motion, your heart rate, and your movements during sleep.
They do this by combining a GPS tracker with optical sensors, bioimpedance sensors, an altimeter, and a temperature sensor. Not all trackers have these features. It’s not necessary to check for these sensors. It’s more important to choose a tracker based on the fitness activities you want it to track.
|Rank||Fitness Activity Trackers||Water Resistant||Monitor Sleep||Heart Rate Monitor|
|1||Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker, Silver/Black, Small||Yes||Yes||No||CHECK PRICE|
|2||Garmin 010-01225-00 Vivofit Fitness Band - Black||Yes||Yes||No||CHECK PRICE|
|3||Garmin vívofit 2 Activity Tracker, Black||Yes||Yes||No||CHECK PRICE|
|4||Garmin vívoactive Black||Yes||Yes||No||CHECK PRICE|
|5||Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large||Yes||Yes||Yes||CHECK PRICE|
|6||Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband (Black, Large (6.2 - 7.6 in))||Yes||No||Yes||CHECK PRICE|
|7||Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch, Regular fit - Black||Yes||Yes||Yes||CHECK PRICE|
1. Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker, Silver/Black, Small
Fitbit is one of the most recognized names in the fitness tracker industry. This model is recommended for those who are looking for a fitness tracker that will motivate as well as record exercise. It features technology that allows it to automatically recognize the type of exercise you’re doing. The Alta syncs wirelessly to your mobile device or computer. You’ll appreciate its slim design and 5-day battery life.
2. Garmin 010-01225-00 Vivofit Fitness Band – Black
From the people who revolutionized digital mapping comes a powerful fitness tracker called the Vivofit. One of its most popular features is called the “Move Bar.” It will remind you to be active by displaying a red bar when it senses inactivity or more than an hour. Unlike other trackers, the Vivofit doesn’t need regular recharging. Its battery is rated for a whole year.
3. Garmin vívofit 2 Activity Tracker, Black
Take everything you like about the original Garmin Vivofit and kick it up a notch. That’s what you get with the vívofit 2. The most popular upgraded features here are an audible alert for the “Move Bar” function, and an always-on backlit display for true hands-off usage of your fitness tracker. It will also automatically sync with your paired mobile device. No need for any extra work.
4. Garmin vívoactive Black
Why bother with both a smartwatch and a fitness tracker? This Garmin model offers both in one stylish package. A single tap starts its measurement of the most common sports activities. It also pairs with your smartphone, so it’ll display alerts about incoming calls, emails, texts, calendar items, and even social media notifications. A single battery charge can last up to 3 weeks.
5.Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large
This is a good choice if it’s all about calorie-consumption for you. That said, this particular Fitbit has a few surprises up its virtual sleeve. You can also ask it to help you find moments of calm throughout the day to practice guided breathing sessions. It also functions as a smartwatch, so you can see call, text, and calendar notifications on the OLED display.
6. Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband (Black, Large (6.2 – 7.6 in))
Highly recommended for anyone but swimmers. This fitness tracker is rain and splash proof, but you don’t want to take it in the shower. You’ll use your smartphone to program what you would like to track. Then this fitness tracker goes into an automatic mode. The OLED display will let you know when you have an incoming call, text, or an upcoming calendar event.
7. Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch, Regular fit – Black
This combination smartwatch and fitness tracker pretty much does it all. The inclusion of GPS means that not only can you track your exercise, but you can record and track where that exercise takes you. It features a touchscreen monitor, and you can customize it using more than 1,300 apps. A single battery charge will give you up to 8 days of usage. GPS takes a lot of power consumption, so it’ll lower that to only about 13 hours.