Are you in the market for a personal fitness tracker? They’re excellent for helping you get in control of your health and lifestyle habits, but with so many options on the market, where do you begin?
There are a variety of factors that come into play when determining what personal fitness tracker to purchase: price, type (bracelet, clip-on, or watch), simplicity of use, tracking ability, and smartphone compatibility. Additional factors include choosing between a mobile app and web app, choosing a sport specific tracker, or a tracker that offers advice for changing your health and lifestyle habits. Here are the best wearable fitness trackers to help you reach your fitness goals this year:
Best overall: Fitbit Blaze
As the most well-known name in the fitness tracker industry, Fitbit offers a diverse range of fitness trackers. The Fitbit Blaze, in particular, offers a crisp, new color display and has easy-to-use software. This tracker is versatile and offers all-around activity tracking stats. The only features that this tracker is missing are a GPS and a heart rate monitor.
Most affordable: Misfit Wearables Flash
For an inexpensive, yet high-quality tracker, the Misfit Wearables Flash is great for basic fitness tracking with additional capabilities for sleep measurements and swimming capabilities, which makes it a great tracker for swimmers. At just under $30, this tracker also has Spotify integration and boasts a six-month battery life.
Best for running: Garmin Vivosmart HR+
In the thirteen years since they became the first company to market personal GPS devices, Garmin has stayed at the forefront of the personal fitness tracker industry. The Garmin Viviosmart HR+, in particular, is excellent for runners because it combines activity, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, and GPS tracking. You can use it to track steps, floors climbed, distance traveled, and calories burned. It offers a week of battery life, is water resistant to 50 meters, has a stretchy and comfortable band, and is excellent at streamlining smartphone notifications.
Best for simplicity: Jawbone UP3
The Jawbone UP3 rates high on design, battery life, and app platform brilliancy. This tracker is comfortable and stylish enough to use day and night and is excellent for the average person looking to get fit. The Jawbone UP3 has Smart Coach and Duel features for better workout tracking.
Most stylish: Fitbit Alta
Sleek and stylish, the Fitbit Alta offers a wide range of customizable colors and metals to suit your look. The Fitbit Alta can record steps, sleep, and elevation. The tracker offers long battery life and basic phone notifications that include calls, text message, and calendar alerts.
Best for coaching: Microsoft Band 2
This stylish smartwatch-esque fitness band comfortably conforms your wrist and has capabilities of retaining guided workouts and short videos that help correct your form and further challenge yourself. The Microsoft Band 2 has a GPS, heart rate monitor, and a barometer to better measure your altitude.
Fitness trackers are excellent for keeping tracking of your personal fitness habits. For more ways to take control of your personal health, check out our previous blog on the best fitness apps for jump starting your workout: http://bit.ly/2a8zeyp