Ready to take your workouts and fitness goals to the next level? Thought so!

That may mean it’s time to invest in a fitness tracker. These devices will give you the ability to dive deeper into your workouts, both in real time and post-sweat, to see things like heart rate, calories burned, pace, distance and more. These numbers will help you better understand the work you’re putting in day in and day out, leading to better results.

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What to Look for in a Fitness Tracker

When spending major money on a tracker, it’s important that you get one that suits your needs (and workouts). “Ask yourself what range of activities you’ll be using your tracker for,” says Chelsey Wilkens, NASM-certified personal trainer and nutritionist in New York City. “Are you going to sleep, run, swim, lift and do yoga in it?”
Whatever your level of activity, it’s important your watch or band can track these activities. If you want to be able to see your running or hiking routes post-exercise, too, you’ll want your tracker to have GPS mapping.

Some watches even come with apps that allow you to track your menstrual cycle. “What our bodies go through—whether it’s stress, travel or menstruation—affects how we bring ourselves back into balance,” explains Wilkens.

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Don’t Forget Style and Comfort!

Once you’ve found the features you’re looking for, then you need to match the tracker to your style. You’ll be wearing it daily, after all!

Do you want a smartwatch or just a tracker band? There are leather, cloth, and rubber options for your wrist, too. “I like something comfortable and discreet,” explains Wilkens. “I prefer a cloth band, as it’s more comfortable to sleep in, and a tracker without a watch face, so I don’t have to worry about it lighting up in the middle of class or accidentally dropping a weight on it.”

Within this wide range of features and styles, we found some of the best fitness trackers for women. Which one fits all of your needs?

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