The best activity trackers and fitness bands

Misfit Shine

Misfit Shine

Misfit Shine

Sync the Misfit Shine, a medallion-shaped fitness tracker, with its companion smartphone app, set a goal, and check your progress in steps, calories, miles traveled, and time spent doing certain activities, including cycling (It also tracks sleep.) Tap the face twice and white LED lights dance around the edges to show your current activity status. Wear the waterproof disk like a watch, as a pendant, or clipped onto a shoe. Available in four wardrobe-friendly metallic colors.

Price: $120

Nike Fuel

Nike Fuel

Nike Fuel

Strap the Nike FuelBand SE fitness tracker on your wrist, choose a goal, and get moving. To keep you from lazing around, the band flashes hourly reminders to get up and move; you can get credit for cycling and other activities. Lights illuminate from red to yellow to green when you reach a goal; check progress on the fly at the press of a button. Use the smartphone or web app afterward to see activity totals, share your accomplishments, and create motivational online groups.

Price: $149

JayBird Reign

JayBird Reign

JayBird Reign

With Reign, JayBird is banking on the idea that fit people want to record their activity but also want to know when to chill. The fitness tracker can distinguish between different activities, including running, walking, cycling, and swimming. In addition to tallying calories burned and distance traveled, Reign tells you whether you need an easy spin or a smashfest via a built-in heart sensor. It'll even gauge how much sleep you should get on a given night (available late summer).

Price: $199

 

Garmin Vivofit

Garmin Vivofit

Garmin Vivofit

The Garmin vivofit fitness tracker will recalibrate the goals you set if you regularly exceed them or fall short. But don't dally: Sit for more than an hour and a red bar appears on the screen and lengthens until you literally walk it off. The vivofit syncs with any ANT+ heart-rate monitor (not included) to provide accurate calorie-burn data for activities like strength training and cycling, which standard step trackers don't pick up well. The water-resistant band comes in five interchangeable colors.

Price: $130

Omegawave Personal

Omegawave Personal

Omegawave Personal

Rather than nudging you to get up and move, the Omegawave Personal fitness tracker assesses your body's readiness to ride. Strap on the sensor for two minutes each morning and it reads recovery markers such as resting heart rate and heart-rate variability. It then syncs the data to a smartphone app that spits out a cardiac-readiness score, anywhere from zero (stay in bed) to 10 (throw the hammer down).

Price: $99, strap and sensor; $4.90/monthly subscription

This is the best activity trackers and fitness bands you can buy in 2016. 

 

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