Fitness trackers started out as an accessory to encourage and promote daily walking. They are now being worn as a fitness buddy that not only looks advanced, fabulous and funky, but does amazing things too!
Medic Sports specialist, Dr Ahmed says: “Reminding us to stay active is one benefit of health tracking watches. With the advent of technology and improved transport, our daily lives have become more convenient and we are moving less than previous generations. Also, many of us now have jobs that require little or no physical activity. This causes many health and personal problems such as the onset of chronic illnesses, weight gain and productivity.
“With built-in trackers to measure how much activity you are doing each day, health tracking watches can remind you when you are falling short of the recommended 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week for adults and encourage you to live a more active lifestyle.”
Some of my favourite wearable fitness trackers on the market are:
1. Fitbit Flex 2 – £49.99 Argos
Keeping it simple and effective. The app it connects to is easy to use and looks fashionable, which is always a plus with these wearable trackers. The Fitbit Flex 2 is great for those of us that swim and the battery lasted me for 5 days, so no need to panic about charging it every evening before bed.
2. Xiaomi Mi Band 3 – £37.35 Gearbest
This is a cheaper fitness tracker but it certainly does the job. It may not look as funky as the others but if you’re simply wanting to monitor your daily steps then this is the one for you. It includes heart and step monitor, and will tell you all you need to know on your wrist. No app available with this one.
3. Moov Now – £45 Amazon
This is supposed to be one of the best fitness trackers currently on the market, and loads of influencers are raving about it. It’s got a 9 axis accelerator which is the same one used in missile navigation systems. The battery has a guarantee of 6 months and then needs to be replaced, so no remembering to charge this tracker is necessary.
4. Huawei Band 2 Pro – £49.99 Argos
You get a lot for your money with this tracker as it comes with a sleep tracker, heart rate monitor, VO2 Max sensor and a GPS system. So when you’re out on a run, you are able to plan and execute your miles in style. It’s not just tech advanced but it’s stylishly advanced too.
5. Misfit Ray – £45 Amazon
This is perfect for those of us who want to wear something that doesn’t look just like a tracker, it styles itself very nicely as a bracelet. There are plenty of colour options to choose from too. You can also get vibration alerts for incoming calls, messages and any personal fitness targets you set for the day.
So if you want to ‘up your fitness game’ then these wearable trackers are a great place to start!