Accountability and benchmarking are two proven ways to get you fitter. It’s simple — if you know what you achieved last week, you know what you need to aim for to beat it this week. Better still, if you publicly commit to doing something, it’s far harder to back out of it. And that’s how fitness trackers can help to keep your exercise regime on track, ensuring you smash your workout goals.
A budget option that can still track 14 different sports and compete against pricier models TEMINICE
Way before fitness trackers got smart, there were pedometers that simply tracked the number of steps you took each day. While that’s definitely one metric that can be useful for checking in on how healthy you’re keeping, there are many more — whether it’s heart rate tracking, counting the calories you burn in a workout, or checking how well you’re sleeping. This tracker might have an entry-level price, but it’s no slouch when it comes to functionality, tracking your heart rate, sleep duration, distance walked, calories burned and allowing you to log workouts. It works best when you connect it via Bluetooth to your smartphone and use the accompanying app, as it uses your phone’s GPS to record a map of your run or cycle route, and you can also set it to notify you of any incoming calls, alerts or messages. With a long battery life (up to 15 days) and an integrated USB plug so no need for a separate charger, it packs a lot of features into a small space.
All round exercise and sleep tracking with special functionality for swimmers. Fitbit
With most trackers, they will only log your workouts when you tell them that you’re about to start one, but some have a feature known as Automatic Exercise Recognition, meaning they’re able to detect the movements that you’re using, and will start to keep a record of your session — great if you’re prone to forgetting to notify your tracker before you exercise. This one has the capacity to log 15 different forms of exercise, including swimming, and can automatically start to collect data when you start walking, running, cycling or swimming. By detecting arm movements, it’s able to track how many laps you do and give you your distance and pace, as well as how long you’ve been working out for and how many calories you’ve burned.
Smart in all senses, this waterproof watch tracks numerous health parameters too. Willful
While many electronic trackers started out looking like simple bands or bracelets, in recent years we’ve seen a shift towards watch-style trackers that don’t necessarily look like big chunky sports watches. These offer all the same features as the more pared-down bands, but the larger face means you can get more information. Unlike some more expensive models, this one won’t sync with third-party apps, such as Strava or MyFitnessPal, only its own VeryFitPro app, but in can track nine different forms of exercise, as well as keeping an eye on your heart rate and sleep, with a battery that will last up to a week.