The Best Fitness Gadgets For Everyone

The ever-changing roster of fitness trackers is once again ready for a big update. The “regulars” are launching new, souped-up models. Meanwhile, a batch of newcomers, all aimed at improving our health, is changing how we interact with data. Not only are the looks of these gadgets evolving (expanding beyond the typical band or clip-on models), but the types of information they collect are changing as well.
Now, tech companies are finally addressing the issue of cost (in addition to design and wearability), offering models that measure more than the basic step count, yet still start at a budget-friendly (under $50) price. And, while aesthetics definitely matter (you want to feel good sporting it, after all) there’s more to consider before purchasing new fitness tech. You want to look for one that aligns with your fitness personality, has an intuitive data interface, and seamlessly blends into your everyday life. When you find your match, just sporting the gadget can be motivation to take another lap or climb another flight of stairs.
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So, which tool is right for you? Ahead, your best bets for fitness trackers — past, present, and future.
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The New Crew

From models that incorporate heart-rate tracking to ones that cost less than a trip to the Pilates studio, these new trackers are aiming to paint a more accurate picture of your everyday health.

Fitbit has released three new models: the Charge, ChargeHR (available soon), and Surge (pictured, available soon).
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A wristband and app that costs $1 per month.
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An advanced training GPS watch from Polar.
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The new Jawbone UP3 tracks all of the regular workout and sleep data, but now also keeps tabs on your resting heart rate. The brand is also debuting a stripped-down, clip-on Move Tracker that retails for $50.
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A health band that also aids with productivity, providing email snippets and calendar notices.
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The new Fit Smart watch measures heart rate, calories, pace, distance, and stride rate, with real-time data display.
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The Regulars

There have been a few minor tweaks and updates, but these are the sweat-tested-and-approved bands and gadgets you’ve heard of before.

The UP24 tracks your activity and sleep and offers fancy features such as an idle alert (a gentle vibration that notifies you when you've been sitting for an extended period of time).
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A heart rate monitor that also offers in-ear coaching.
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The lights on the band notify you of how close you are to your daily step-count goal.
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A sleek band that tracks the intensity of your movement and syncs with your device, for seamless tracking.
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A band (for Samsung Galaxy users) that integrates a fitness manager with constant connection to your emails, texts, and calls.
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Insert Misfit Shine "pebble" into various hardware options for "anywhere wear" — including around your wrists, shoes, waist, pocket, or neck. The new Flash model (coming soon) will debut at $50.
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What’s Next

The next batch of fitness gadgets may not be available yet, but they're already reinventing your workout.

This intelligent yoga mat senses your balance and weight distribution, offering real-time advice on how to correct your poses.
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The next frontier for fitness technology is smart fabric. Brands including Sensilk (pictured), Hexoskin, and Athos offer a new type of wearable tech that weaves tracking technology (measuring stats such as muscle strength and heart rate) into apparel.
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Measuring your heart rate via your headphones isn't new, but there hasn't been a product that has totally nailed it yet. The coming-soon, wire-free coaches such as LumaFit (pictured) and FreeWavz show promise.
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The fitness tracker that wants to make all other trackers obsolete is the new Apple Watch, debuting next year. Here's what the new gadget will do for your fitness goals.
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