THE GAMECHANGERS - OUR TOP 6
Whether you're breaking daily activity targets, pounding the pavements, taking to the water or hitting the slopes, the right fitness tracker can help you get the most out of your workout. Here's a roundup of some of our favourites
Being in water doesn’t mean you can’t track your workout. Advancements in waterproofing design allow you to dive right in with monitoring your stats and progress. The Fitbit Ionic logs calories burnt, monitors heart rate levels and counts the number of laps you’ve swum. Afterwards, the on-screen guidance and a personalised Cardio Fitness Score let you to look back over your time in the pool and learn how you can improve.
Spur yourself onto another lap by listening to music, too – it can store over 300 songs and, paired with a set of waterproof headphones, such as Flyer headphones, it’s the perfect swimming partner.
Fitbit Charge 2
While it may not be as strenuous as a HIIT session, walking is still a fantastic form of exercise. The main areas that are monitored – calories burnt, distance travelled and heart rate – are covered by the majority of trackers on the market, meaning you have plenty of choice.
Look for additional elements to encourage you to keep moving – the Fitbit Charge 2 features reminders that gently nudge you to reach a goal of walking 250 steps per hour. The screen also displays call, text and calendar alerts and, if you decide you want to boost your workout, the watch automatically recognises and tracks other activities such as running, weight lifting and cycling.
Garmin fenix 5
While it’s interesting for skiers to see figures of their heart rate peaks and calories burnt as they race through the snow, more slope-relevant data is required to really take runs up a notch.
The GPS on the Garmin fenix 5 tracks your route, helps record speed and distance, and monitors altitudes before collating the information to give tailored guidance on the effectiveness of your workout and shows you ways to improve.
The in-built thermometer, barometer and 3-axis electronic compass are great safety features that also allow you to be more aware of your surroundings and stay safe.
Garmin vivoactive 3
Whether you rack up the miles outdoors or on a treadmill, a fitness activity watch helps you really up the pace. Built with functionality in mind, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 ensures you’re well-equipped without feeling weighed down. Use this clever tech to pay for a drink or snack on your route without having to carry cash or cards, or pair it with your smartphone to listen to music and respond to messages on the go.
With up to 7 days of battery life, you don’t have to worry about recharging it after you head out each time, and the easy-to-use Side Swipe interface makes navigating its features seriously simple.
There’s plenty that a good wearable can track as you head out on two wheels. The Samsung Gear Fit2 offers you a good range of data you can use to assess and improve your cycling performance. Its in-built GPS maps your route and allows you to track distance, speed, pace, ascent and elevation; and being able to see how your heart rate changed at various stages of your ride provides a better, more rounded understanding of the data.
You can also use it to set challenges with friends – great for adding a bit of healthy competition to your weekend cycling group.
Nokia Steel HR Activity Tracking Watch
Most fitness trackers are housed in a functional or sporty case - but the elegant, minimal design of the Nokia Activity & Sleep Tracking Watch sets it apart.
Perfect for helping you work some extra exercise into your daily routine, this sleek all-rounder shows your activity in real-time and syncs with your smartphone to provide you with in depth details and analysis of your activity. The built-in silent alarm can wake you through a series of gentle vibrations and will help you start the day feeling refreshed.