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The best fitness trackers of 2017

This Fitness tracker is more simple than others and is not all fitness trackers are wristwatches.

Fitness trackers have become a popular way to keep active with success of wareable devices from Fitbit, Garmin and the popularity of the Apple Watch as a fitness aid encouraging keep tabs on their health.

And the devices are still improving, offering functions including sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring and different exercises. There have been some questions over their accuracy, but many offer a path to a more active lifestyle.

Smartwatches have also come into the same market as many fitness trackers and there is some overlap, making the choice between them harder. If you are interested in a smartwatch you can see our full list of the best smartwatches for 2017.

Fitness trackers are a great way to stay fit and active and can monitor users daily step count, sleep, heart rate and activity levels.

Not all fitness trackers are like wristwatches and many come in the form of small, lightweight bands like the Fitbit Alta HR, or can be attached to your ankle like the Moov Now. Others are simple dongles that can be clipped onto items of clothing.

Most are also unlike smartwatches and are not made to support multiple apps, although they do share some similar functions and the line is quite blurred, as more smartwatches gear themselves towards health tracking. Fitbit produce their own sports watch, the Fitbit Blaze, while the Apple Watch is a powerful fitness tracker in its own right.

A fitness tracker works alongside an app built for your smartphone and other devices. Having solid software to support the fitness tracker will make keeping a tab on your activity far easier. The app, such as the Fitbit, Garmin Connect or Apple's Health app, can be used to log activity targets and keep a tab on your progress.

Most fitness trackers will only be able to break down relatively simple exercises, such as running or cycling, and calculate your calorie burn from this. Many cannot adapt to analysing different lots of types of sport or activity, although some trackers can include walking, running, cycling, weights, elliptical, boxing and swimming.

Some more advanced fitness tracking devices come with a GPS built-in, others instead link up to your smartphone to provide a breakdown of location data. This can help monitor running, but adding a GPS can add to the price and weight of a fitness tracker.

The apps also have other features that contribute to keeping healthy, such as asking you to check how much water you drink or how you are eating. Most will also offer a way to calculate the number of calories in your food, although this should normally be taken as a guide, and a rough breakdown of how many calories you have burned that day.
The best fitness trackers of 2017 The best fitness trackers of 2017 Reviewed by ThankGod Okoye on June 28, 2017 Rating: 5