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Top 10 Fitness Trackers 2017

Leave expensive personal running shoes to the Hollywood types. The rest folks can live encouraged with one of these high-tech fitness trackers so one can make certain we stay on target with all of our fitness goals and get us in top shape in no time. Whilst customers purchase our independently selected editorial selections, we may earn commissions to support our work.

Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch, Regular fit - BlackMoov Now - Stealth Black - 3D Fitness Tracker & Real Time Audio Coach - [NEW] Run Walk Swim Cycle Workout Cardio BoxingFitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version)adidas Fit Smart - Fitness and Activity Monitor Wristband - Black, LargeFitbit Alta Fitness Tracker, Silver/Black, Small (US Version)Garmin vívosmart HR+ Regular Fit Activity Tracker - Midnight Blue/Force BlueSamsung Gear Fit2 Smartwatch Large, BlackWithings Pulse O2 Activity, Sleep, and Heart Rate + SPO2 Tracker for iOS and Android, BlackPolar Loop 2 Activity Tracker, BlackLEMFO Fitness Tracker Heart Rate Monitor Women Activity Sleep Monitor Waterproof Swimming Smart Bracelet Smartband (Black)

What Makes Fitness Trackers Work?

What a great question. It looks so magical, that simple band on your wrist that converts your every movement into data points for analysis. There's actually a TON of stuff going on inside though, and worth taking a look at:

Accelerometers: these are the nifty sensors that exist in your Wii controllers, your iPhone, and many other devices these days. They measure orientation and - you guessed it - acceleration, and then send these signals to the software so that it can respond appropriately. Some even have a gyroscope inside! Without them, fitness trackers couldn't exist.

Altimeter: Whether you're big into mountain climbing or just trying to take the stairs more often, the altimeter measures your altitude and converts that data into stairs climbed (the iPhone health app assumes a certain number of feet equal one flight of stairs).

Heart rate monitor: Most of the monitors embedded in fitness trackers these days shine a light onto your wrist and track how much light bounces off your blood. Changes in light are then converted into a heart rate.

How Do I Narrow Down My Options?


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If you've gotten this far (thanks for reading!), you're probably aware that there are a mind-boggling number of options out there if you'd like to add some data to your fitness (and really, who doesn't want to play with pretty graphs?). Let's assume for the sake of simplicity that you've decided that your smartphone and/or smartwatch are too much, and you want a tracker that's independent of all that. Now you get to think through whether you want something you wear on your pants, in your pocket, around your chest, or on your wrist.

Once you've gotten to that point, it's important to think through what type of exercise you'll be doing. Not all fitness trackers are made for swimming, for instance, and you can seriously damage your brand new toy if you aren't nice to it and play by its rules.

Kickboxing more your style? You may need to get two trackers to wear, one on each arm (such as with the Moov Multi-Sport, ranked #2 on our list). If you're training for a marathon or triathlon, you'll need solid GPS data to track those (very, absurdly) long training runs.

Finally, you'll need to assess your level of vanity. Are you going to feel self-conscious wearing something that resembles a calculator watch from the 80s? Does style beget substance on some level?

Be honest with yourself, because unless you wear your fitness tracker every day, it's nothing but an expensive paperweight. If you'd rather go for something that fits in your pants or in a pocket, assess whether you are the type of person who will always remember to take it out of your pocket before putting your clothes in the laundry.

Finally, make sure the tracker's app works with your phone's operating system! While the vast majority of apps are now available on Android and iOS, it's always good to double check.

Fitness Trackers Are Way Old


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You whippersnappers out there may not believe me, but once upon a time, fitness was tracked.... with a pencil and paper. Yep, you read that right: our athletic ancestors had to figure out their split times themselves. Be glad you live in the 21st century!

While this seems like a truly late 20th/early 21st-century concern, the pedometer - the fitness tracker's ancestor - was conceptualized as far back as Leonardo da Vinci. The drawings above show a pendulum that would swing in time with one's steps.

Later on, Thomas Jefferson had a mechanical pedometer, and he sent it to James Madison with instructions for how to set it up (spoiler alert: it was way more complicated that clipping it to your waist).

Speaking of which, when did 10,000 steps become the norm, anyway?

Amazingly enough, devices were sold in Japan in 1965 by one Y. Hatano, who asserted that 10,000 steps were the ideal amount of fitness and caloric expenditure to ensure healthiness.

The goal stuck in the collective hive mind not because of some massive scientific study, but because the name, Manpo-kei, was catchy. 50 years later, and nearly every device out there assumes you have a goal of 10,000 steps.


#10.LEMFO Fitness Tracker Heart Rate Monitor Women Activity Sleep Monitor Waterproof Swimming Smart Bracelet Smartband (Black)


this fitness tracker is awesome, I am still learning about it because the main reason I got it is to track my calorie burning and my sleep, I really needed to know if I am getting the rest I needed, so those two functions the tracker is fantastic with, but there is so much more it tracks and helps you with I just love it... also the app you need to download helps you see more clearly everything the tracker does.. it is just awesome I love it, especially because of the great price I got it for


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#9.Polar Loop 2 Activity Tracker, Black


Loop 2 customizes a daily activity goal for you based on your personal settings and provides motivating feedback on how to reach it. Its unique technology accurately tracks five different levels of activity and can tell the difference between light intensity walking vs. running. This means you get a complete picture of your daily movement.


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#8.Withings Pulse O2 Activity, Sleep, and Heart Rate + SPO2 Tracker for iOS and Android, Black


This product is not waterproof or sweatproof Activity tracking: steps, elevation, distance, running and calories burned Wear it your way: clip and wristband included Vital signs reading: instant heart rate and blood oxygen level Sleep monitoring: sleep cycle analysis, wake-ups, total duration.Real-time coaching: in the free Health Mate app (iOS/Android) It usually takes 1-2 hours to charge an empty battery. When turning on the device after charging, please press and hold the button for 15 seconds.If the device still won't turn on after charging, there may be an issue with the micro-USB cable try charging it with another cable Troubleshooting steps available in the user manual


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#7.Samsung Gear Fit2 Smartwatch Large, Black


Keep track of your fitness goals and stay motivated with the Samsung Gear Fit2. The Gear Fit2 uses a wide range of tracking sensors to closely monitor your activity levels including steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep quality (1). It can even automatically identify the different types of physical activities such as running, cycling, working out on the elliptical, and more. The Gear Fit2 is water-resistant (5) and features a curved full-color Super AMOLED screen that displays real-time activity stats along with texts and other alerts from your iOS or Android smartphone (3). You can even accurately map your run with the built-in GPS (2).


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#6.Garmin vívosmart HR+ Regular Fit Activity Tracker - Midnight Blue/Force Blue


Turn your steps into strides with vívosmart HR+, the GPS activity tracker with Elevate wrist heart rate technology. Not only does it count steps, calories, floors climbed and intensity minutes, it uses GPS satellites to track how far and how fast you go during almost any activity — from running to rollerblading. Also, includes a moving bar that gives you a vibrating reminder to get up and move when you've been inactive for too long. Stay connected with smart notifications that include email, text, call, social media, calendar alerts and more, right on your wrist.


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#5.Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker, Silver/Black, Small (US Version)


Motivation is your best accessory with Fitbit Alta—a customizable fitness tracker designed to fit your personal style. Stay motivated by tracking all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes, and get credit for your workouts with SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition. At night, track your sleep and set a silent alarm to wake better and get your best rest. No matter where you’re headed, the easy-to-read OLED screen keeps your goals in focus with stats, time, and call or text notifications on display. And with accessory wristbands in metal, leather, and sport, help you find the right style for every occasion. Wear fitness your way with Fitbit Alta.


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#4.adidas Fit Smart - Fitness and Activity Monitor Wristband - Black, Large


Love the look, the feel and the lighted LED lights which show your heart zone. Item works great on runs but had issues with using while working out no matter how high on my arm I put watch. It kept loosing heart rate with a violent vibration. I no longer use during workouts as it is too inconsistent.


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#3.Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version)


Make every beat count with Fitbit Charge 2—the all-new heart rate and fitness wristband built for all-day, workouts and beyond. PurePulse continuous heart rate makes it easy to maximize workouts, better track calorie burn and get a snapshot of your cardio fitness level, while all-day activity and auto sleep tracking, lets you see how your whole routine adds up. Record your workouts with multi-sport modes to see real-time workout stats on screen, or rely on SmartTrack to automatically record select exercises for you.


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#2.Moov Now - Stealth Black - 3D Fitness Tracker & Real Time Audio Coach - [NEW] Run Walk Swim Cycle Workout Cardio Boxing


I really enjoy my Moov now for the coaching-related aspects. I do not use it as my everyday tracker (Google Fit takes care of that), but it's wonderful for working out, especially for people who don't like a lot of group classes but want to learn proper techniques. Plus, it tracks my swimming laps, even knows what type of stroke I did on each lap.


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#1.Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch, Regular fit - Black


Play all the sports you love with even more heart. Elevate heart rate technology measures heart rate at the wrist, gauging your efforts without the need to wear a chest strap. Add life and style to your color touchscreen device by downloading free custom watch faces, apps and more through the Connect IQ online store. It offers an 8-day battery life in watch mode, as well as being water resistant.


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