Fitness monitors have come such a long way in the past decade; it wasn’t all that long ago that we lived a Fitbit-less existence. Fortunately, you pretty much have your pick of trackers these days. Take a look at some of the best on the market.
Fitbit Charge 2
Both stylish and practical, the Fitbit Charge looks great and has a ton of useful features, like multi-sport modes for different activities, a PurePulse heart rate monitor, sleep tracker, GPS, smartphone notifications, guided breathing, and reminders to exercise. While it’s not entirely waterproof, it is water-resistant, so don’t sweat it if you’re, um, sweating.
Apple Watch Series 2
This one does it all: allows you to track your location, read and answer texts, listen to music, and answer phone calls. It even has a built-in meditation and breathing control app for those quieter moments. The Apple Watch is also water resistant to 50 meters, making it ideal for swimmers.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
The Gear Fit2 Pro has all of the basics, plus some bells and whistles: There’s a heart rate monitor, calorie counter, and pedometer. Plus, it lets you listen to music and access apps. It’s also water-resistant enough to keep working while you swim.
Fitbit Flex 2
This is an older model, but still has plenty going for it regarding features. You’ll find auto sleep tracking, a pedometer with distance, calories, and steps, and up to five days of battery life from one charge. As an added convenience, the band’s removable tracker fits easily onto pendants, bangles, and other bracelets.
Garmin Fenix 2
Skiers and snowboarders will love this smartwatch; not only does it have continual activity tracking, but it also monitors and records all of your runs down the mountain–we’re talking speed, vertical drop, and time. The price is a bit steep (around $500), but it’s a snow sports lovers dream.
iPhone Health App
Sure, it’s not the fanciest tracker around, but if you and your phone are attached at the hip, it’s a solid choice for monitoring your steps. In addition to the pedometer, there’s functionality for mindfulness, nutrition, and sleep that allow you to use apps of your choice and record your own data.