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The Best Fitness Tracker for Every Kind of Exercise

Posted On02/15/2017

ContributorShirin Miller

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GQ‘s Favorite: Garmin vivosmart HR+

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Fitness trackers have come a long way since your grandma power-walked hot laps around the local mall and checked her pedometer every time she cruised by Hot Topic. But we’ll say what everyone else in the fitness industry won’t: tracking steps is useless. It’s a meaningless metric. When was the last time you counted steps? The answer is never.

Now fitness trackers will tell you the actual distance you traveled each day with a quantifiable number—miles (or kilometers if you’ve fled this lousy country for our friendly northern border)—which feels far more tangible than hitting the arbitrary 10,000 steps benchmark. And now fitness trackers are practically glorified smartwatches with everything from wrist-based heart rate and GPS to sleep tracking and various exercise modes (swimming! yoga! cycling!). We like the Garmin vivosmart HR+ because it does, well, pretty much everything—only more accurately than other trackers, and with a ridiculously long battery life. Oh, and it’s waterproof to 50 meters for all you dudes who joined your local YMCA after the Olympics to channel your inner Phelps.

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