Best Fitness Trackers of 2017

If you care about your health and well-being, you likely know how helpful fitness trackers and wearable technology can be: these activity bands provide inspiration, tracking and insights on your overall health 24/7. But which one is right for you? Here’s an overview of the most stylish and effective fitness trackers on the market. Whether you’re a beginner or a die-hard fitness buff, there’s a tracker with your name on it.

Fitbit Charge 2

If you liked the original Fitbit, you’ll love this new technology that is hailed as one of the best fitness trackers on the market for 2017. It has a large OLED screen with tap display, and its PurePulse Heart Rate Feature tracks your heart rate around the clock, which helps you maximize your workouts and  improve tracking of your calorie burn. The device also offers a multi-sport tracking feature with connected GPS. Through its innovative app, you will get important notifications on your smartphone or tablet, including guided breathing sessions, sleep tracking patterns and reminders to move around. US$199,

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

This smart wearable tracker features a Wrist-Based Heart Rate plus GPS that tracks your distance and pace while mapping out your walk or run, and it’s swim-friendly too. The “always-on” touchscreen display shows your stats, even during daylight, and it also measures your steps, distance, calories, floors climbed, activity intensity, heart rate and sleeping patterns. Use the app to receive notifications on your smartphone or tablet, with updates about your overall health and coaching tips from the Garmin Connect team. $249,

Samsung Gear Fit2

The Samsung Gear Fit2 features a built-in GPS that tracks your running, walking and cycling routes, in both distance and speed, in real time. Stylish and innovative, this device has an impressively accurate heart rate monitor, and its Super AMOLED display is big enough for you to easily check your stats during a workout. Its app also sends selected notifications to your mobile device, including calorie count and sleep patterns. It also offers one-on-one coaching to keep you moving, and its rechargeable battery will last you between three and four days. $179,

Misfit Ray

This wearable is way cool: it tracks your steps, distance, calories and sleep patterns, and offers vibration alerts for call and text notifications, movement reminders, and alarms. Even better, its smart-button feature allows you to control other household devices. The Misfit Ray is also swim-proof and sports an impressive LED display screen, and its non-charging, replaceable batteries will last up to four months. US$99,

Misfit Shine 2

This new swim-proof wearable has innovation written all over it. You can sport the Misfit Shine 2 on your wrist or clip it on your shirt, jacket or shoes. Its non-charging batteries will last up to six months, and the device tracks your steps, running and walking distance, calories burned, and sleep patterns—all of which are displayed on its stylish LED display. Throughits app, you will also receive an array of smart notifications; movement reminders and health updates. US$99,

Moov Now

Moov Now is a cutting-edge device that you sport around your wrist, arm or leg.  The device captures and analyzes your motion in 3D space via its Omni Motion technology to help you reach your fitness goals faster. It also tracks your steps, sleeping patterns, running and biking distances and offers users one-on-one sports coaching through its app. Its rugged waterproof design is perfect for all-day wear and its battery will last up to six months. $76.76,

TomTom Touch

While many wearables track your steps, sleep and heart rate, the TomTom Touch also tracks your body composition. Whether you want to be stronger, fitter, leaner or just want more insight, this technology tracks what you are actually made of. With one quick tap on its display screen, you can find out your body fat and muscle mass percentage, and it features a built-in 24/7 heart rate monitor. Through the TomTom Touch app, you will also keep track of your steps, active minutes, distance walked, calories burnt and sleep time. Its rechargeable battery will last about five days, and it’s also splash-proof. US$129,


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