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If you own an Apple Watch, you know that in order to take advantage of all of its fitness-tracking features, you have to actually wear it while you work out. But for anyone who doesn’t want to deal with sweaty wrists and heavy straps or who’s constantly worried about the band giving out on them mid set, it might seem easier to just leave their Apple Watch in the locker room.
Contrary to popular belief, it actually doesn’t have to be that way, as there are hundreds if not thousands of different watch bands that are designed for a variety of athletic activities. For a more comfortable workout, all you have to do is swap out your default watch band for one that’s made specifically for your preferred activity — whether it’s running, lifting weights, or enjoying a more movement-intense sport like volleyball.
To help you elevate your next workout or competition, our expert editors rounded up the best Apple Watch bands that are stylish enough to match with your go-to workout set, functional, and equipped to withstand anything from HIIT to long hikes. These selects come from a range of different retailers, like Amazon, Target, Apple, and more. Keep scrolling to find the best one for your routine.
— Additional reporting by Kyley Warren