fitness tracker A fitness tracker is a great tool for keeping you honest as you work toward your fitness goals. It’s really hard to justify sitting on the couch when that fitness tracker lets you know you haven’t gone for a run in a few days, and it’s gratifying to see the calories and the miles add up when you’re constantly logging your daily activity.

Fitness trackers work great on their own, but if you’re new to the world of wearable technology and you’ve already been using an app on your phone to log your runs, you’ll be happy to know you can still use that app with your fitness tracker. The key is picking a tracker that will work with your app, and there are quite a few to choose from.

If you use Runkeeper, consider an Apple Watch

apple watch runkeeperRunkeeper is an amazing app for tracking your runs. You can log everything from your runs to the shoes you’re wearing and it will let you know your time, distance, calories, burnt, and provide you with a GPS map of your run. Runkeeper will also tell you how much wear you have left in your shoes so you know when to replace them.

If you use Runkeeper on a daily basis and you want to start wearing a fitness wearable, you’ve got a few choices. Runkeeper will work with Apple watch as well as Android wearables. In the case of Apple watch, you can download the Runkeeper app straight to the watch and use it completely free and clear of your phone.

To use Runkeeper untethered on your Apple Watch you need a second or third generation watch, and once you’ve downloaded it you can track your heart rate, pace, duration, and distance without having your phone along for the run.

If you use Strava, consider a Fitbit Versa fitness tracker

Fitbit Versa Strava Strava is a popular app for people who aren’t attached to one sport. You can bike, hike, swim, and run with Strava, making it a popular choice for all types of people. If you’ve logged your runs on Strava and you’ve made friends in the Strava community, you’ll want to continue using that app when you’ve added a fitness wearable.

With the Fitbit Versa it’s easy to keep using Strava. It’s actually one of the apps that’s already pre-loaded when you first set up your Versa, and all you have to do is tap the touchscreen and you’ll be ready to keep tracking your data without bringing along your phone.

If you use 7 minute workout, consider a Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running watch

garmin forerunner7-Minute Workout is really popular with runners, and there’s a good reason for that. Who doesn’t have 7 minutes to go through a series of exercises every day? It’s hard not to carve out a quick workout when you know you’ll be done in less time than it takes to search through new movies on Netflix, and that cross training will make you that much faster and stronger when you’re running.

If you’re wondering which fitness wearable will work with 7-Minute Workout, look no further than the Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running watch. You can do your workout without your phone by following along on the face of your watch, and it will walk you through reps and note your calories burnt while you go.

These are just three fitness wearables you can use to track your runs or improve your strength to run faster, longer, and smarter. No matter what your favourite running app, you can find a fitness tracker to go along with it on Best Buy.

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Shelly Wutke
Editor TV & Home Theatre
I'm a Vancouver freelancer and tech enthusiast. When I'm not writing you'll find me on my farm with my alpacas, chickens, and honeybees. Visit my website Survivemag