It's nearly summer which means many of us are scrambling to get more active and maybe slim down a bit before hitting the beach. And a fitness tracker can help you reach your goals, but there's nothing worse than investing hundreds of dollars into a top-of-the-line Fitbit or fitness smartwatch only to wear it for a few weeks and then leave it to collect dust in a drawer.

Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable fitness trackers out there for your consideration. They're offered across a range of designs, and you're sure to find one that will meet your needs without breaking your bank.

Here are the best fitness trackers you can buy for under $50!

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is the latest fitness tracker from the Chinese company which is known for delivering quality products at a low price of around $30. It's a great option for someone looking for a more traditional wrist tracker on the cheap.

This tracker is packed with features: it's water resistant (IP67) and will track your daily exercise and sleep, give you message and call notifications on the OLED display, and also includes an ADI photoelectric heart rate sensor (though you'll need to load up Xiaomi's Mi Fit app to see those stats).

Basically, Xiaomi managed to offer all the features you'd expect from a premium fitness tracker and pack it into the sleek and affordable Mi Band 2. With its replaceable wrist strap, you're able to swap for colorful bands — you can get an 11-piece set of colorful bands to chose from for under $20.

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Fitbit Zip

Fitbit is the leading brand in the fitness tracker space, but its wrist accessories aren't for everyone. Fortunately, there's the Fitbit Zip that conveniently clips onto a coat, shirt or jeans pocket and tracks your steps, distance traveled, and calories burned throughout your day.

It connects to your phone via the Fitbit app, allowing for wireless syncing of data so you can view your weekly progress. There's also a popular social element built into the app which lets you connect with friends in fun challenges to keep yourself motivated.

The Fitbit Zip is available in a variety of fun color options and is water resistant. Best of all, you don't have to worry about recharging it since it comes with a replaceable watch battery that lasts up to six months of wear. For a hassle-free Fitbit experience when you're just looking to track steps, the Fitbit Zip is an affordable and convenient option.

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Moov Now

The Moov Now fitness tracker is different, in that it's more of a coaching tool than a fitness tracker. When you wear it on your wrist, it tracks your daily activity via the Moov Now app. And unlike most other fitness trackers there's no distracting screen, no need to charge it nightly, and it's waterproof enough for tracking swims.

The real fun begins with the coaching. Moov offers a selection of workouts and activities that work with the Moov Now to monitor your body's movements and provide instant coaching feedback. By strapping the Moov Now to your ankle, it's able to not only follow your time and distance progression, but also specifics related to your stride and how your feet land as you run.

There are several different training modes for running and walking, which help you to train different aspects of your stride. There are programs for improving your form and run more efficiently, improve your pace and distance, or work on sprint intervals to burn fat. The feedback it provides is surprisingly accurate and helpful, offering quick tips on maintaining a steady breath, feedback if you're stepping too heavily or landing heel first, or encouragements to pick up the pace a bit. As someone who's injured himself because of poor form in the past, it's nice to have a subtle piece of tech looking out for me.

It doesn't track steps or calories, but Google Fit still does a decent job of that for me. Plus, since it's an ambient fitness tracker I can comfortably wear it to sleep and get statistics on my sleeping habits as well. Plus, at under $50 you can afford to buy two, which opens up the ability to do shadow boxing training. You may also be interested in the Moov HR Burn, a heart rate monitor that's used for High-Intensity Interval Training via the Moov app.

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Misfit Flash

The Misfit Flash includes all the tracking abilities you'd expect from a fitness tracker: sleep, steps, and calories. It's also very water resistant with an IPX7 water-resistance rating — not quite enough to guarantee it for swimming, but certainly able to survive a rainstorm.

If you hate the idea of charging your fitness tracker each night, you'll be happy to know the Flash features outstanding battery life; it can last roughly six months on a single watch battery. It wirelessly syncs to your smartphone and transmits its data via the Misfit app.

Misfit Flash starts at around $18 and goes up to about $30 depending on which color you'd prefer.

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Update January 5, 2018: Added the Moov Now fitness tracker and real-time audio coaching tool, now available for under $50!

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