Are you in love with running but find it tough to keep track of your fitness progress? Being able to easily see and review the details of your run can make a huge impact on your health and performance levels. Luckily, there are a range of fitness trackers, also known as activity bands, which can record data from your run. You can use the information to create customized routes, measure your heart rate, and track how far you run each day, week, and month.
But with so many fitness trackers on the market, it can be difficult to know what’s to choose. We reveal three of the most highly-rated fitness trackers out there, so you can pick the best one for your running needs in no time.
Fitbit Charge 2
Perhaps one of the most famous names in fitness tracking is Fitbit. Although they have a huge range of watches and trackers on the market, the Fitbit Charge 2 is the one that appears to be most-loved by its loyal users. It has a large screen and comfortable strap which makes it easy to wear, even on long-distance runs in the desert. It has a heart rate tracker and activity tracker, plus the battery can last up to four days. The device will connect to the GPS on your smartphone, and from that, you can view all of your data a few touches of the screen.
If you love to have a lot of notifications sent to your phone, then this may not be the fitness tracker for you as notification messages are limited. However, this fitness tracker has one of the most extensive ranges of fitness features and data presentation options. The Fitbit Charge 2 is highly recommended for those with the budget, and it is undoubtedly one of the best fitness trackers available.
Huawei Brand Pro 2
Next up is Huawei’s rather impressive Band 2 Pro. This sleek and small watch is great for those who don’t want a big bulky strap and screen on their wrists, plus it is ridiculously affordable too – at under $50. It has a heart rate tracker, activity tracker, GPS and a 21-day standby battery life. Users also report that the step tracking feature is highly accurate too.
One downside is that it does not boast the same breadth of features that the latest Fitbit models do, however, the price more than justifies this – making it a great entry-level fitness tracker for those who don’t want to shell out a lot of money.
For those on a teeny-tiny budget, the Moov Now app may tick the right boxes. Although it doesn’t have a screen or a heart rate tracker, it does offer a varied activity tracking data (as well as running, there is a swimming mode and rep-based training option) plus it is waterproof. But perhaps the most outstanding feature is the six-month long battery life! Despite having no screen, it looks stylish, and there are several colors to choose from. Moov Now is available for Android and iOS devices.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
And last on the list, but certainly not least is the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro. This mighty device packs a punch with its innovative design, 1.5-inch AMOLED screen, and built-in GPS. The tracker is waterproof and can track your swimming activity too. It has heart rate tracking, activity tracking and it is compatible with Android and iOS. Sadly it’s one of the more expensive fitness trackers on the market, but it’s an excellent choice for running pros who want a stylish watch and super-accurate tracking.
So whether you go for the high-tech Fitbit or a more wallet-friendly Huawei Band 2 pro, these watches are sure to cater to your fitness tracking needs. Tech-lovers may also want to look into the large range of smartwatches which also offer tracking capabilities: the Apple Watch 3, Samsung Gear Sport and LG Watch style are three which have wonderful activity features. It’s also worth calculating your current BMI before you begin recording your runs, so you can track your progress more accurately. Happy tracking.