The Best Fitness Trackers for 2020

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The Best Fitness Trackers for 2020

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The start of the new year is a great time to commit to your fitness, whether it be starting new habits or reinforcing and upgrading old ones. One way to ensure success is to track your progress through time, and fitness trackers provide an easy way to do that. After all, you can’t improve on what you don’t know. Depending on the form factor and onboard features that you prefer, there’s something in this list to help you achieve your fitness goals for the coming year.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4

Xiaomi Mi Band 4

Purchase
Key Features
Extremely long battery life
Clear colored screen
Exercise-specific modes
Specifications
Case Width
11mm
Battery Life
20 days
Sensors
Optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, capacity proximity sensor
Reviews


Price
$
Providing great value for money and the longest battery life of all the trackers on this list, the Mi Band 4 packs a lot of features in its slim and compact body. The Mi Band 4 works with your phone’s GPS tracking and the Mi Fit app to track your sleep and your exercise data. You can specify the type of workout, too, whether it be running outdoors, running on a treadmill, cycling or swimming. You can also program vibration alarms to remind you to drink regularly or stand up periodically during long work sessions. Aside from heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking, the Mi Band also relays your messages, emails and phone notifications via its touchscreen display.
Moov Now

Moov Now

Purchase
Key Features
Great battery life
Ultra lightweight
Real-time coaching
Specifications
Case Width
28mm
Battery Life
20 days
Sensors
Heart rate, multi-axis motion sensors
Reviews


Price
$
The Moov Now is a simple-looking device with no screen and only a single button, worn on your wrist or ankle via a comfortable silicone rubber strap. Working in coordination with the Moov Coach app (free on iOS and Android), this tiny tracker features sleep tracking, downloadable workout data, and real-time coaching for cross-training and running via audio prompts on your phone. If you’re looking for a sleek wearable that you can use to monitor and motivate your workouts this coming year, this is it.
Fitbit Charge 3

Fitbit Charge 3

Purchase
Key Features
Crisp and legible touchscreen display
Good battery life
Works with phone and app notifications
Specifications
Case Width
22mm
Battery Life
7 days
Sensors
Heart rate, SpO2 sleep tracking sensor, altimeter
Reviews


Price
$$$
The feature-laden Charge 3 easily straddles the gap between smartwatch and fitness tracker, with synced app notifications and onboard functions such as a weather forecast and timer. It features the standard multi-sport fitness tracking capabilities, including swim tracking, all-day heart rate tracking and the ability to track your exercise automatically, so you can just jump right in and start recording workout data without having to fiddle with your watch.
Motiv Ring

Motiv Ring

Purchase
Key Features
Lightweight and durable titanium construction
Works with Apple Health, Alexa, and Google Fit
Easy to wear 24/7
Specifications
Case Width
N/A
Battery Life
3 days
Sensors
Optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer
Reviews


Price
$$$$
Fitness trackers don’t need to be confined to your wrist, and if you’re looking for a minimalist wearable to help you with your fitness goals, the Motiv Ring is a slim, ultralight, and unobtrusive option. Designed to be worn 24/7, it tracks your fitness through your heart rate and calories burned, and tracks your sleep activity as well. It syncs this through the Motiv app on your phone, or store your activity data for five days before syncing. Waterproof up to 165 feet, this is one fitness tracker you can keep on you wherever you go and whatever you’re doing, all day, every day.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Purchase
Key Features
Touch-enabled digital bezel
Automatic workout tracking
Built-in speaker for calls and music
Specifications
Case Width
44mm
Battery Life
2-3 days
Sensors
Heart rate, ECG, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, ambient light, GPS
Reviews


Price
$$$$
Featuring the Tizen wearable OS and a capacitive digital bezel to help with scrolling through its functions, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 manages to provide smartwatch accessibility in a muted, minimalist form factor. As a fitness tracker, it features heart rate, GPS, altimeter, and sleep tracking functions, and can automatically track different activities, including running, cycling, swimming, rowing, and elliptical workouts. A built-in speaker allows you to not only receive calls but also play music and videos from your wrist, aside from giving you clearer and louder audio notifications from your apps. If you’re looking for a feature-rich fitness tracker that looks more like a regular watch, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is for you.
Garmin Forerunner 245

Garmin Forerunner 245

Purchase
Key Features
GPS tracking with incident detection
Onboard music
Features and apps suited for serious runners and athletes
Specifications
Case Width
42mm
Battery Life
Smartwatch: 7 days, GPS mode: 24 hours, GPS with music: 6 hours
Sensors
Heart rate, compass, accelerometer, onboard GPS, Glonass, Galileo
Reviews


Price
$$$$
Designed for outdoor athletes and runners, the Garmin Forerunner 245 lets you measure and track your long-term training improvements, daily recovery levels, and even your V02 max. The free Garmin Coach app tracks your progress and keeps you on a program, and the Running Dynamics function even analyzes your stride through an optional separate accessory. For all those miles spent on the road, it features onboard music storage, pulled from your personal collection or your Spotify account. And to keep you safe while you’re out, it features incident detection and the ability to share your location with selected contacts, in case you get lost or need help.
Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5

Purchase
Key Features
Always-on display
Accurate heart rate monitoring
Full smartwatch capability
Specifications
Case Width
44mm
Battery Life
18 hours
Sensors
Heart rate, barometer, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope, onboard GPS
Reviews


Price
$$$$
Those looking for a smartwatch that has fitness-focused functionality will find it in the latest series of Apple Watches. Despite lacking a sleep tracking function. the Series 5 watches provide very accurate fitness tracking that syncs with the Health app and many other third-party fitness apps like Strava. An always-on display eliminates the need to flick your wrist every time you need to see your data, and a new Compass app lets you navigate your surroundings in conjunction with an updated Maps app. As part of the Apple Watch series, there are many variants: there’s a version with cellular functionality, different case materials, and it even comes in a smaller 40mm version to better match your wrist. If you’re invested in the Apple ecosystem, this watch precludes the need for any other fitness tracker.

What are you using to track your fitness and workouts? Let us know in the comments below!

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