Even if you are not a gym bunny and simply want to take note of how many calories/steps you are taking every day, a fitness tracker is the best way to do this.
You will need a smartphone as all fitness trackers require an app in order to work, and you should look at what kind of exercising you’ll be doing and what you need the fitness tracker to do before you buy one.
If your main exercising is outdoors, for instance jogging or cycling then a fitness tracker with GPS built-in is quite handy. Swimmers should make sure theirs is waterproof and not just water-resistant and if you only want to check on steps then basic devices will suffice.
Here are our recommendations for the best fitness trackers:
Misfit Shine 2 – $39.99
Misfit Shine 2 tracks everything from steps, calories, distance and sleep. It gives you notifications in a circle of beautiful rainbow mini-LEDs and will vibrate gently to encourage you to get moving. You can also get alerts when calls and texts come through, plus reminders and alarms. You can connect it to other household devices to play music, take pictures and it is swim-proof too. Other colours available, powered with non-chargeable, replaceable batteries that last around 6 months.
Misfit Ray Activity Tracker – from $40
We really liked the innovative design of this fitness tracker that comes in an anodised aluminium cylinder with a multi-colour LED display. It can track steps, distance, calories and sleep and it can send notifications to your smartphone to remind you about exercising. It also connects to other household devices, is swim-proof and works with removable batteries that can last up to six months. Lots of other colours available.
Moov Now – $59.99
Fancy your very own coach encouraging you throughout your work-out routine? MOOV NOW has real-time audio coaching that talks to you whether you run, swim, cycle, box or walk. It actively monitors your exercising habits and gives you advice as to how you can better your routines. Won several awards in the fitness industry and has a dedicated following. Completely waterproof, you can wear it on the wrist or ankle and it comes with a battery that should last around 6 months.
Garmin Vivofit 3 Activity Tracker – $71.99
Do you need a nudge when you’re slacking off? This fitness tracker won’t put up with excuses, it gives you a gentle alert after one hour of inactivity and can measure steps, distance, calories, intensity, sleep and the time and date. It will learn your routines and activity levels and set you achievable targets, then once it sees how you are getting on it will adjust them accordingly. It is water resistant, comes with a 1-year battery and you can get different coloured bands.
Polar A360 Fitness Tracker – from $120
Known as one of the best fitness trackers that ‘does more’, it is fully waterproof and is a wrist-based heart monitor that comes with the Polar’s personalised training guidance. Lovely colourful display that offers a host of data including how many steps you’ve taken, your heart rate, calories burned and more. It gives you guidance every day and sets you goals that you can achieve at your own pace. You also get frequent feedback that explains how your activities are benefitting your health and there are over 100 sports profiles for you to choose from so that you can get the right training session.
Samsung Gear Fit2 – $128.95
Oneof our favourite fitness trackers here, this one has a built-in GPS that can record distance, route and speed all in real time. It can monitor your heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, and the quality of your sleep. It’s water-resistant and can work out immediately what sort of exercising you are doing, whether you are on the treadmill, bicycle or cross-trainer. The full-color Super AMOLED screen displays texts and other notifications alongside real-time activity stats from your smartphone.
Fitbit Alta HR – $149
Reach all your fitness goals with the help of this fitness tracker from Fitbit. This one looks like the regular Alta but it features an additional heart rate tracker that measures your rate continuously. It can measure calories burned, exercise intensity and resting heart rate trends, and all this means a better way to guage your exercise routines and overall health.