If today is the day you're going to head down the path of healthy living, one of the best ways to help you stay on that path is with fitness tech gadgets — partly because they make tracking fitness goals easier and partly because they cost so much money you feel obligated to make the most of your purchase (ask my mom, it worked for her). If you're looking for the perfect fitness tech, this is where you want to get started.
Apple Watch is bursting at the seams with fitness tech. Not only can it track your heart rate and movement, but it also offers heart rhythm monitoring and Gym Connect, which allows you to connect your Apple Watch with supported gym equipment like treadmills and ellipticals.
Fitbit is the most popular fitness tracker maker in the industry, but did you know they also make a smartwatch? It's got a great battery life and exclusive workout routines that you can deliver right to your wrist.
Fitbit's Charge 3 is an ideal all-around fitness tracker with all the basics; step tracking, calories burned, sleep tracking, swimproof, and more. It's also got guided breathing sessions, woman's health tracking, and FitBit Pay. It's also our top pick for the best fitness tracker with heart rate monitor.
Withings Go tracks steps, calories burned, and sleep, and also automatically recognize when you're swimming or running. It also provides detailed sleep tracking, letting you know not only how long you slept, but also how long it took you to fall asleep, and the length of time spent in deep sleep versus light sleep.
The Ray is a simple cylindrical device that looks like nothing more than a band around your wrist, but it's actually a step tracker, distance monitor and sleep tracker. It also sends you vibrations on your wrist for call and text notifications. Simple but useful.
The Fitbit Aria features a polished glass surface with a digital display that syncs your weight, BMI, and body fat percentages straight to your Fitbit account and recognizes up to 8 users while keeps everyone's results separated and private. It's also one of iMore's favorite smart scales.
The Withings Body Cardio smart scale is a comprehensive scale that gives you a total-body readout, complete with high-accuracy weight, BMI, body fat, muscle mass, bone mass, and even water measurements, using what Withings calls "Position Control" technology.
The Index tracks a slew of in-depth metrics including body weight ,BMI, water percentage and skeletal muscle mass. It's able to recognize 16 different users through the Garmin Connect app and has extra-large white-on-black numbers to make it easy to read the display, even in the dark.
Under Armour's calorie counter and diet tracker is awesome for helping you lose weight and eat right, and the fact that it connects with over 50 fitness trackers and apps means you can build yourself an ecosystem of fitness support, helping you set goals and actually reach them.
Strava is a wonderful run tracking app that tracks your routes and distance, journaling your progress as you jog your way to good health. You can set personal records and pit yourself against other users on the leaderboards to see how you stack up.
RunKeeper is one of the best ways to keep track of your running goals and routes with a premium element for even more. The Apple Watch companion app lets you leave your phone at home while still tracking your stats.
There's no shortage of amazing tech to help you lose weight, get fit, and stay in shape. If you're looking for the ideal all-around tracker, Fitbit's Charge 3 offers an amazing array of features and connects to other great fitness devices like the Aria smart scale.