No matter how much you exercise, fitness trackers can be a great way to help you stay — or get — in shape without the bulk and extra cost of a full-blown smartwatch. Not only do they hold you accountable for your physical activity, many of the best fitness tracker models now include added health features such as sleep tracking, heart-rate monitoring and more. They’ll then share that fitness tracking data with an app to give you a broader look at your overall fitness.
There are dozens of fitness trackers to choose from (many of which we haven’t tested yet), but we’ve rounded up five of the best fitness tracker picks based on price, form and function. Many of them require that you use a mobile app to track your progress, and set up smart notifications to help you reach your goal. Regardless of your fitness level and the types of physical activity you enjoy, this list can help get you started on your search for a wearable device that monitors your activity and helps you achieve peak fitness. It goes without saying however, that not even the most advanced tracker will do the work for you.
So if you’re looking for the best fitness tracker out there, read on! Let us know if your favorite was left off the list and we’ll continue to update it once we’ve been able to test it out.
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If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that behaves a lot like a smartwatch without the extra bulk, the Fitbit Charge 4 might be the perfect fit. It checks all the boxes when it comes to health and fitness features and even goes beyond the basics with things like heart rate zone notifications during exercise and advanced sleep tracking metrics. It also has a built-in GPS to track outdoor workouts independently of your phone. If you want to keep track of your data, you’ll want to download the Fitbit app, which…
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