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Are you getting ready to try a new, healthy routine? Fitness trackers are all the rage with their easy-to-use interfaces and key tracking metrics such as calories, steps and even sleep. But how do you know which one is best suited for your personal goals?
We're breaking down the best fitness trackers around so you can train confidently, track your progress and stay motivated as you ease into cooler weather workouts.
Best wearable fitness trackers, according to shoppers
This fitness tracker is as effective as traditional smartwatches, according to Amazon shoppers. With nearly 6,000 five-star ratings, it includes several practical features like deep breath training, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking and GPS-driven track routing. It's also compatible with most iOS and Android devices and comes in 10 colors including this trendy mint green hue.
With almost 27,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, this device tracks steps, distance, calories burned and total active minutes in a day. It can also monitor your sleeping habits and will give you a sleep score so you can get a better idea of your sleep quality every night. Plus, it comes in three colors.
This sleek band will monitor sleep, send notification alerts, track heart rate and it can be used as a wake-up alarm in the morning. It's waterproof, too, and swimmers will appreciate the automatic swim tracking functionality.
Fitbit Ace 2 is kid-friendly for ages 6 and up, helping your little ones learn the importance of staying active and getting sleep. It's shower, spill and splash proof, and it rewards kids for reaching fitness goals with celebratory notes and an achievement badge system.
If you’re looking for an all-around, in-depth tracker that really gets into the science and details, check out this bestseller from Fitbit. The most recent update to this device provides users with real-time pace and distance information when paired with your phone's GPS, guided breathing sessions and advanced capabilities for tracking sleep, including seeing how much light, deep and REM sleep you’re getting each night. The tracker also continuously monitors your heart rate, along with steps, skin temperature, active minutes and calories burned.
If your favorite type of exercise is swimming, check out this tracker that’s a swim and fitness tracker all in one. It provides accurate swim statistics such as the number of lengths and strokes you take so you can compare workouts and track your progress.
Best fitness smartwatches, according to shoppers
You may have to wait a couple extra weeks for the Apple Watch Series 7, but its slightly older counterpart is just as effective for your fitness needs. For starters, it acts more like a phone on your wrist than a typical smartwatch. In addition to being able to call, text and listen to music from it, the watch tracks your steps, calories burned, heart rate, sleep and much more. This model is made for health tracking and features an upgraded sensor to measure your blood oxygen levels and a crystal clear retina display so you can always see your stats.
Most smartwatches are a big investment, but this popular option provides many of the sought-after features without the hefty price tag. It comes in six color options and can track activity, heart rate and sleep. The best part? It has a long-lasting battery, which can go for up to 10 days on one charge, according to the brand.
Recovery is super important when it comes to your workouts, and this smartwatch will help you ensure that you're carving out enough time to recharge. It monitors your sleep to measure how well you've recovered from yesterday's activities, so you can make an informed decision about intensity for that day's workouts. It also features everything else you'd want from a smartwatch including GPS, heart rate tracking, and the ability to receive texts and other notifications.
At a little higher price the brand's regular fitness trackers, Fitbit's Versa 3 Smartwatch is equipped with a GPS, apps for mood tracking and guided breathing sessions, a quiet sleep alarm and more. Connect the Fitbit Versa to your smartphone for notifications and step-by-step workout coaching. You can also store and play hundreds of songs from the watch when it's synced to Spotify or Pandora. Did we mention it comes in five colors?
Designed specifically with runners in mind, the Garmin Forerunner focuses on tracking distance, pace, time and heart rate. Users are able to see their progress on the Garmin Connect site.
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This article was originally published on May 15, 2017.