Which fitness tracker gives you the time of day?

You're a busy person. You squeeze in your workouts in between the afternoon meeting and picking up the kids from school. You need a fitness tracker with a watch so that you know how upset your significant other is going to be when you're late for dinner for the billionth time this month. Here are three options to consider.

Fitbit Charge HR

Charge HR

Starting off, we have Fitbit's middle-of-the-road tracker, the Charge HR. Not only does its display give you the time, it also shows you all of your daily statistics such as steps taken, floors climbed, calories burned, and of course, your heart rate. It also tells you who is calling so you can decide if they're worth pausing your workout to talk to them.

  • Trackable statistics: Steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, exercise with auto-logging, active minutes, sleep, and heart rate.
  • Display: OLED. Shows daily stats, time of day, and Caller ID.
  • Colors: Black, magenta, blue, orange, and mint green.
  • Battery: Rechargeable. Lasts up to 5 days between charges.
  • Water resistance: Resistant to damage from splashing, rain, and sweat. Cannot be worn in the shower or while swimming.
  • Smartphone app available? Yes. Fitbit app.
  • Unique features: Wristband available in five different colors. Exercise is automatically logged in app without any user input.

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Other Fitbits with time displays include:

Vivosmart HR

Vivosmart HR

Priced about the same as the Charge HR, is Garmin's Vivosmart HR. It gives you a touch screen display that shows you all of those important stats in addition to the time. It also tells you how hard you are working out, so if you're trying to kill yourself doing a Tabata workout, you'll know if you're doing it right. Oh, and you can also wear it while swimming in a pool and in the shower, too.

  • Trackable statistics: Steps, distance, calories, heart rate, sleep floors climbed, workout intensity.
  • Display: Touch screen. Shows daily stats, time of day, and full smartphone alerts.
  • Colors: Black, midnight blue, and imperial purple. Only black is available in X-large size.
  • Battery: Rechargeable. Lasts up to five days between charges.
  • Water resistance: Can be worn in the shower and while swimming in shallow water. (For example, in a pool)
  • Smartphone app available? Yes. Garmin Connect.
  • Unique features: Measures workout intensity. Has the ability to control the music on smartphone. Has VIRB control for VIRB action camera.

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Other Vivo Fitness trackers that include a watch are:

Under Armour Band

UA band

Finally, there's the Under Armour band, a team effort on the part of Under Armour and HTC. It runs about $40 more than either the Charge HR or the Vivosmart HR. Like the Vivosmart HR, it also has a touch screen display that shows you the time plus all of the relevant statistics. The display can be triggered to stay on during a workout so you don't have to get smudges all over it from your sweaty fingers.

  • Trackable statistics: Steps, sleep, heart rate, and workout intensity.
  • Display: Touch screen. Shows daily stats, time of day, and all smartphone alerts.
  • Colors: Black.
  • Battery: Rechargeable. Lasts up to 5 days between charges.
  • Water resistance: Water resistant for rain, splashing, and sweat. Can be worn in the shower. Cannot be worn while swimming.
  • Smartphone app available? Yes. UA Record.
  • Unique features: Has display that can remain on during a workout so you don't have to touch a button. Has ability to control music on your smartphone.

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Time after time

There never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish everything we want to do, but there's always time to make your health a priority. Whether you go strutting about town in a tangerine colored Charge HR or jump headlong into the pool with a Vivosmart HR strapped to your wrist, make a commitment to move, even a little, every day. Your heart and your joints will thank you for it for years to come.