How to choose the best fitness tracker

Fitness trackers have come a long way from being just step counters. Although they still do a solid job of that, these days they do a lot more as well. Today’s crop of fitness bands can track all manner of activities and health-related data like heart rate, sleep patterns and training such as running, cycling and swimming. With some models you can also manage your diet, calories burned or even connect with friends to compete with them. 

Here are some key features to look for when making your purchase.  

GPS

Built-in GPS tracking can now be found on many of the more advanced activity trackers, such as the Fitbit Ionic or Garmin Vivoactive HR, which means you can head out the door with just the band, and leave your phone behind. This makes for a lighter, less hassle workout, while still keeping track of your essential training stats like time, distance and course. 

Music

If you need music to exercise or if  you want to listen to a podcast on your commute then consider one of these activity trackers.  With Garmin Vivoactive3 Music you can download up to 500 songs.  Or if you are a Fitbt fan the Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa both hold up to 300 songs.  

Water resistant

If you are looking for a water resistant activity tracker there are now some strong contenders.  The Fitbit Flex2 is safe to wear in the shower and automatically tracks swimming.  The Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch is water resistant up to 50metres so ideal if swimming if your activity of choice.  Alternatively the Garmin Vivofit4 can be worn in the shower and for casual swims at the beach or pool.  

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Battery life

For the most part today’s fitness trackers boast long-lasting battery technology, but do keep in mind that the more a device does, the quicker it’ll run out of juice. Either choose a device with fewer features, or make sure you turn off any unnecessary functions to conserve power on longer activities. 

The Garmin Vivofit4 has an impressive one year battery life - no charging required. Alternatively, the stylish Fitbit Blaze has a battery life of up to five days.  

Look and feel

Another vital decision point for many people is how a device looks!  If you are after a activity tracker that looks like a watch then go no further than the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier.  The stylish Fitbit Versa comes in a variety of colours to suit yout look or one for the kids is the cool Garmin Vivofit JR2 Minnie Mouse.