These days, there’s no excuse to be sedentary. With all the robust technology to cheerlead you to activity (one step, good work!), you no longer have to rely on the Rocky-era pen and paper to record your workouts. Trackers both obtain and retain all your precious fitness data, and they provide analyses of it so you can see improvement and have some hard facts to back those impressive endurance claims.

And, perhaps best of all, most trackers today are not only sleek, but fashionable — so you can track calories burned, sleep quantity and quality, heart rate and steps taken without looking conspicuous or unstylish. In all, they’ve come a long way since 2013, when we last compiled a list. Back then, things were different, but, for a trip down tracker lane, check out our old picks on Page 2.


Jawbone UP3


Best Stylish Tracker: Jawbone has a way of designing the hell out of their tech for optimal handsomeness, and the UP3 is no exception. But it’s far more than just a pretty face — Jawbone states that it is an “advanced multi-sensor platform” with a tri-axis accelerometer, bioimpedance sensors and skin and ambient temperature sensors. Those specs make it one of the most advanced trackers available. And since it’ll keep its charge for a full week, there will be few interruptions as it logs data. It’s also water resistant, and with a secure anodized aluminum bracelet, it stays put during the most vigorous activity.

Compatibility: iOS, Android
Tracks: steps, calories, continuous heart rate, sleep, perspiration, body mass index and hydration
Features: automatic workout recognition and logging, smart alarm
Battery Life: 7 days
Water Resistance: 10 meters / 30 feet
Pros: slick but subtle design; robust, advanced sensor system
Cons: no time or caller ID displayed

Runtastic Orbit


Best No-Nonsense Tracker: The Orbit won’t win any beauty pageants, but it’s an impressively functional tracker at a very reasonable price. The big silver function button seems odd, but works surprisingly well. Data from runs and activities is immediately visible, so you don’t have to view your phone to get the information. And since it’s an affordable $100, it makes it a great option for those who don’t want to take a bigger financial plunge.

Compatibility: iOS, Android
Tracks: steps, distance, calories, sleep, total active time
Features: time and stats fully visible on LCD screen; swappable straps
Battery Life: 7 days
Water Resistance: 91 meters / 300 feet
Pros: affordable, excellent onscreen running data
Cons: thick for a narrow tracker, cheap-looking silver function button

Withings Activité


Best Classic Watch that’s Also a Tracker: For those who want to don’t want to double up with a wristwatch and a tracker (or look like a nerd with a giant smartwatch), the Withings Activité is your timepiece. It’s first and foremost an analog timepiece, and second a functional tracker that tracks activity via a subdial. It accounts for your steps, distance travelled, sleep and even laps in the pool. For the last feature, it also includes a waterproof strap, so you don’t have to punish the leather in the pool.

Compatibility: iOS, Android
Tracks: steps, distance, active minutes, sleep, calories, swim laps
Features: time, alarm
Battery Life: 8 months
Water Resistance: 50 meters / 165 feet
Pros: doubles as a dress watch
Cons: limited viewable data, too nice to thrash, expensive

Basis Peak


Best Smartwatch Tracker: The Peak is a vast improvement over its B1 predecessor, which was as thick as Popeye’s forearms and less user-friendly. The design is futuristic without looking too nerdy, thanks to the leaner squarish case and the dark, textured silicone straps. The built-in heart rate sensor is accurate for a wrist-based monitor, and the goals and achievements are tailored to the user, lending a more personal feel. It could use a bump in the app department, since it can’t track diet and doesn’t sync with third-party apps. But, since it can receive smartphone notifications, perhaps you can set up calendar events to remind you to drop the doughnut.

Compatibility: iOS, Android
Tracks: workouts, heart rate, steps, sleep
Features: real-time heart rate tracking, email/SMS/Calendar/phone alerts, automatic workout recognition
Battery Life: 4 days
Water Resistance: 51 meters / 169 feet
Pros: easy-to-read display, both active and resting heart rate tracking, personal feedback
Cons: limited app capabilities

Polar Fitness M400


Best Tracker for Runners: The M400 does an impressive job of melding the two worlds of fitness tracking and GPS tracking. Along with tracking typical things like steps and calories, the M400 uses GPS for accurate distance and pace measurements. It will even prod you when you’re too sedentary, and, on the other end of the spectrum, it initiates sleep tracking automatically. For the sake of convenience (since runners are so damned busy), it uses a standard micro USB port and syncs via Bluetooth to your iOS or Android device. Just be aware that the display, though easy to read, is very large.

Compatibility: iOS, Android
Tracks: steps, calories, pace, distance, heart rate (with strap), activity, sleep
Features: GPS
Battery Life: 30 days (time and daily activity), 8 hours (continuous recording)
Water Resistance: 30 meters / 98 feet
Pros: ideal for runners, great battery life, easy charging, easy to read
Cons: despite comfort, it’s a bit big on the wrist



Best Coaching Tracker: The Moov is the workout genius of the bunch. It automatically tracks your workouts, offers motivation and corrects you with immediate feedback. Your stride too short? It tells you how to correct it as you run. Right hook form needs work? It’ll tell you that, too. The nine-axis motion sensor measures and records specific movements and the real-time audio coach (who sounds a lot like Siri) gives you the feedback. The development team is working on adding even more activities to the Moov’s repertoire in addition to running, walking, cardio boxing and swimming. Plus, you can attach it just about anywhere with the included wrist and ankle straps. Just keep in mind that if you hate being corrected, you might end up giving the Moov that right hook.

Compatibility: iOS, Android
Tracks: sleep, steps, automatic workout recognition
Features: real-time fitness coaching and feedback, ankle and wrists straps
Battery Life: 7 days (time and daily activity), 8 hours (continuous recording)
Water Resistance: 10 meters / 32 feet
Pros: affordability, detailed coaching feedback, versatile attachment options
Cons: straps can use better security

Garmin vivoactive


Best Tracker for Swimming: Garmin’s foray into smartwatches is a worthy one. The vivoactive does activity tracking and GPS, but it also issues notifications from your smartphone. So though you might not care mid-jog that you’re missing a staff meeting, at least you’ll know about it. Like the Polar M400, the vivoactive has a built-in GPS to track pace and distance, but unlike the M400, the vivoactive’s screen is color- and touch-capable. It has running features like vibration alerts for heart rate, pace and run/walk intervals, as well as Auto Lap and Auto Pause feature. It can compute swimming stroke efficiency via a SWOLF score, and it even holds data for 38,000 golf courses used in conjunction with GPS for detailed info on each hole, along with automatic updates. Because golf is exercise, too.

Compatibility: iOS, Android
Tracks: steps, distance, running speed, heart rate, pace, calories,
Features: GPS, email/SMS/Calendar/phone alerts, golf course data, swim stroke analysis, Connect IQ customization
Battery Life: 21 days (time and daily activity), 10 hours (GPS mode)
Water Resistance: 50 meters / 165 feet
Pros: ideal for runners, swimmers and golfers, great visibility in bright light, GPS enhanced
Cons: extremely square aesthetic is less stylish

Apple Watch Sport


Best Must-Have Tracker: Apple’s new baby is a smartwatch that happens to be a fitness tracker, but the company has ensured the Apple Watch does its fair share to keep your health on track. It has the ability to track steps, floors and activity level — and it can prod you to move if you’re sedentary for over an hour. It also has the nifty Activity app with three rings: Move (calories burned), Exercise (minutes of brisk activity) and Stand (time spent standing versus sitting) and can track elapsed time, distance, calories, pace, and speed for running, cycling and elliptical. There’s no swimming, though, since the Apple Watch has limited water resistance.

Compatibility: iOS
Tracks: steps, floors, activity, sitting/standing
Features: touch and color screen, wi-fi, GPS, built-in heart rate sensor, personal feedback and progress
Battery Life: 24 hours
Water Resistance: n/a
Pros: visually stunning, highly interactive, well made, different case sizes
Cons: bulky, expensive, limited water resistance, no details on sleep monitoring (yet)

Misfit Flash


Best Bargain Tracker: Your limited budget doesn’t mean you have to go without fitness technology. The Flash costs less than the well-received Shine thanks to the less expensive plastic case, but it still has the simple signature LED ring to show activity progress and it can tell time with a series of blinks (morse code, anyone?). The Flash also has the ability to track sleep and steps, is waterproof and is actually quite good at tracking swim activity. Plus, you can attach it to the included belt clip or slip the main unit into a pocket. It also works seamlessly with apps like RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal, making it easy to log workouts.

Compatibility: iOS, Android
Tracks: activity, steps, distance, sleep, calories
Features: time, wristband and belt clip
Battery Life: 6 months
Water Resistance: 30 meters / 98 feet
Pros: light, inexpensive
Cons: looks its price

Fitbit Charge HR


Best All-Around Tracker: The Charge HR leads the, well, charge for the most comprehensive fitness tracker of the bunch. Not only is this iteration better designed than the original Charge (the clasp is much more secure), it also offers continuous heart rate tracking, incredibly accurate step tracking and automatic sleep tracking. The crisp OLED screen has caller ID, so you can either stop your workout to take an important call or just continue on without interruption. Integration with Fitbit’s own software is simple, and you can even throw down with your friends via the included Fitbit Challenges. See? It’s not just about tracking, it’s about bragging rights.

Compatibility: iOS, Android
Tracks: workout, steps, stairs, heart rate, distance, calories, active minutes, sleep
Features: time and caller ID display, alarm, strap-free heart rate sensor, running routes, stats, workout summaries
Battery Life: 4-5 days
Water Resistance: 10 meters / 32 feet
Pros: continuous heart rate without a strap, secure watch clasp, robust app and social features
Cons: medium battery life
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