The latest fitness watches, bands and trackers will remind you to stick with your fitness goals - they'll track your progress and they'll sync the info with your phone. There are basic heart rate monitor and, calorie counter options too. The only thing they won't do? Work out for you.
With a battery life of at least one year, you won't have to take off this water-resistant watch for quite some time. It will monitor your steps, heart rate (an external monitor is required for this), calories and sleep - as well as tell the time. Vívofit automatically learns and personalizes your daily goals, tracks progress and reminds you when you should be moving by displaying a red move bar on the watch when you've been inactive for an hour.
$129.99 at buy.garmin.com
This watch is basically a personal trainer attached to your arm. It offers personalized training programs, and it rewards you when you complete them. It also displays your calorie count and fat-burning percentage - and it'll store 100 training files. It pushes you to work out harder by telling you how long you've been in different fitness zones by tracking your heart rate, so you don't slack at the gym.
$179.95 at polar.com
Timex Personal Trainer
Less expensive than most of the higher-end fitness watches on the market, this watch simply monitors your heart rate while still helping you maintain your fitness goals. It is easy to use, has a large display and counts calories. It also beeps when you run outside of your heart zone (it'll beep if your heart beats too quickly or too slowly).
$70 at timex.com
Blue SC Speed and Cadence Sensor
Cyclists can wirelessly pair this odometer with any cycling app (or use the free Wahoo Fitness Odometer app), including Cyclemeter or Strava Cycling, to track cycling data like speed and cadence numbers. The gadget records lifetime bike mileage by week, month and year. It connects via Bluetooth with iPhones and iPads.
$59.99 at wahoofitness.com
Lifeband Touch Activity Tracker
This smart activity tracker is compatible with many heart rate monitors and smartphones - and it can transmit data to third party apps such as MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness and RunKeeper. It can display time, biometrics, incoming calls and music controls, and it also measures your distance, speed, number of steps, calories consumed and projected pace. All the info is visible with a swipe of your finger. The watch has a motion-sensing algorithm that turns on the display when you rotate your wrist.
$149.99 at bestbuy.com
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