Whatever your fitness level or type of physical activity, exercise trackers can be a great way to help you stay – or stay – in shape at no extra cost or the bulk of a full blown. The best exercise tracker holds you accountable for your physical activity and offers health features such as monitoring, sleep tracking and more. Your workout tracking data is then shared with an app to give you a broader view of your overall fitness.
There are dozens of training tracks to choose from (many of which we have not tested yet). But we have rounded up five of the best training choices based on price, shape and function. Many of them require you to use a mobile app to track your progress and configure smartphone alerts. Whatever yours, this list can help you get started on the search for a portable device that monitors your activity and helps you achieve top fitness. However, it goes without saying that not even the most advanced tracker will do the job for you.
So if you are looking for the best workout tracker there, read on! And let us know if your favorite was left out of the list; we are going to test others down the line.
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If you are looking for a training track that behaves a lot like a smartwatch without extra mass, the Fitbit Charge 4 may fit perfectly. It checks all the boxes when it comes to health and exercise functions, and even goes beyond the basics with things like heart rate zone alerts during exercise and advanced sleep tracking measurements. It also has a built-in GPS tracking to track outdoor workouts regardless of your phone. If you want to keep track of your data, you will download the Fitbit app, which does a good job of breaking down how much progress you have made and how close you are to achieving your training goal. This training tracking device can also facilitate mobile payments and the ability to reply to texts and messages if you are an Android user. Read our Fitbit Charge 4 review.
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If you are looking for an exercise band that is even more discreet (and cheaper), you can also consider the Fitbit Inspire 2. You do not get the built-in GPS or mobile payment options, but it has the most important when it comes to health and fitness including heart rate tracking, automatic training detection and a detailed sleep meter analysis with Fitbit Premium (free for one year with the purchase).
It is also the closest thing to jewelry with a screen I have used so far. If you want to dress it, the silicone straps can easily be replaced with a mesh strap in leather or stainless steel (sold separately). But the biggest benefits: battery life. It can take up to 10 days for a charge, while Charge 4 will end approximately five days if you turn off the GPS. Read our Fitbit Inspire 2 for the first time.
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For less than $ 35, the Mi Band 4 is the best exercise tracker you can buy. This exercise watch has most of the features you get in a more expensive exercise track, such as an AMOLED touch screen that is easy to see in sunlight, 24/7 heart rate and sleep tracking. Battery life is also unparalleled, as you get around two and a half weeks of use before you need to charge. The one thing this cheap exercise tracker misses is a workout. This Xiaomi Mi Band can only detect running, walking, cycling or swimming, so any other exercise such as Pilates or yoga will need to be tracked under the generic “exercise type”. Read more about Xiomi Mi Band 4.
I know what you’re thinking: This is not a tracker. But even if you remove all the smartwatch features, the Apple Watch will still keep itself as a standalone training track. And the cheaper Series 3 has everything you need. Not only does it keep track of your health and activity like the rest of the trackers on this list, it also gives you access to dozens of exercise apps, ranging from treadmills to strength training routines, to guide you through your workouts. Read our Apple Watch Series 3 review.
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