Best fitness bands and smartphone tracking apps

Published October 22nd, 2015 - 09:24 GMT

Hit the track with:

* Polar M400: A decent running companion, it tracks steps, calories and runs via GPS. The Smart Coaching features offering a summary of how your run went, are a bonus. Another reason to opt for the Polar M400 is that it's easy on your wallet.

* Garmin Forerunner 225: Among the best fitness trackers you can get your hands on right now, it offers in-depth training insights - including distance, and pace and heart rate. Ideal for those looking to take up running more seriously.

* Adidas MiCoach Smart Run: It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or someone running for a while now, the MiCoach system works for all. Another plus is the integration with MixRadio to keep you motivated on those jogs. The device is quite the looker too.

* TomTom Runner Cardio: It offers five levels of intensity that range from sprinting and endurance to basic warm-ups. But experts recommend this device as the "industry's leading heart-rate monitor" that tracks the flow of blood with the help of innovative sensors on the wrist.

* Suunto Ambit3 Sport: Another feature-rich device, it is apt for anyone looking to run a significant distance. One can track navigation, speed, heart rate, altitude and a whole lot more, with this device.

Keep score with these apps:

* MapMyRun Trainer: Access training plans designed by Olympians and running professionals. For beginners and experts alike, you can also customise these plans to fit your schedule.

Available on: App Store, Google Play

* Google Fit: The search giant's first attempt at a native Android fitness app is not too bad. Sleek and well-animated, it gets the basics right by counting steps and calories, while setting personalised goals. The best part - it works across Android devices.

Available on: Google Play

* Daily Running Quotes - MilePost: This is the go-to app for those in need of motivation to train. It sends quotes related to running every day to get you up and going. These can be customised as per your training requirements.

Available on: App Store, Google Play

* Nike+ Running: Most apps would have you pay for what this basic app offers for free. It gives runners week-by-week workouts to work toward specific goals, like running a 5K. Moreover, your time, pace, elevation change and calories burned is also recorded.

Available on: App Store, Google Play

* Couch to 5K: A paid app, it deserves a special mention purely for its aim - to turn sedentary people into joggers. It is perfect for someone looking to set a routine. This is done with the help of preset workouts that last 30 minutes, to be done three times a week for nine weeks.

Available on: App Store, Google Play

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