Recommended fitness trackers to buy in 2019 for all budgets

Recommended fitness trackers to buy in 2019 for all budgets

Recommended fitness trackers to buy in 2019 for all budgets

Fitness trackers or activity trackers, as they are sometimes known, are wearable devices to record fitness-related measurements such as steps taken, calories burnt heart rate, quality of sleep etc. 

What can fitness trackers do?

Track your steps throughout the day - the simplest feature of most fitness trackers is recording the steps you take during the day. In the UK we apparently over cover around 1000 steps a day although doctors recommend up to 10,000!

Record your routes - Some trackers have GPS built in and other sync with your phone to use GPS but they let you record how far you have travelled and the route itself. You can share these details online to show off on Facebook! 

Vital signs - Fitness trackers will generally monitor vital signs such as heartbeat. This is important if you know you need to achieve a certain heartbeat for bodies to start breaking down fat. 

Sleep - Tracking the quality of your sleep is important. Too little emphasis is placed on good quality sleep and fitness trackers can help you make decisions about trying to achieve better quality sleep. 

Sync with your smartphone - Most fitness trackers will let you sync your data with a smartphone. You can record all the information mentioned above and start to look at a detailed overview of your current fitness. 

Track your fitness journey - The most powerful feature of fitness trackers is the ability to let you map your fitness journey and see how well you have progressed over time. You can see yourself getting fitter, faster and more active over time. It's a record of achievement!

Recommended fitness trackers for all budgets

Below we have compiled a list of 10 fitness trackers with range in features and prices. It's important to understand which one is right for you. Make sure it can pair with your smartphone to record all your data. Some devices are better for certain types of activities and obviously comfort is a big factor for anything you wear on your wrist! 

Fitbit Versa 

  • Heart rate monitor
  • Altimeter
  • 4-day battery life
  • Sleep tracking
  • Music player
  • Water resistance to 50 meters
  • Colour screen
  • Replaceable band
  • Compatibility with Android, iOS, and Windows

Fitbit Charge 3

  • Heart rate monitor
  • Altimeter
  • Up to 7-day battery life
  • Sleep tracking
  • Water resistance to 50 meters
  • Grayscale screen
  • Replaceable band
  • Compatibility with Android, iOS, and Windows

Garmin Vivosmart

  • Heart rate monitor
  • Altimeter
  • 7-day battery life
  • Sleep tracking
  • Stress monitoring
  • Wearable while swimming
  • Grayscale screen
  • Compatibility with Android, iOS, and Windows

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

  • Heart rate monitor
  • Altimeter
  • Up to 3-day battery life
  • GPS
  • Music player
  • Water resistance to 50 meters
  • Colour screen
  • Compatibility with Android and iOS

Garmin Vivosport

  • Heart rate monitor
  • Altimeter
  • Up to 7-day battery life
  • GPS
  • Sleep tracking
  • Stress monitoring
  • Rep counting
  • Wearable while swimming
  • Colour screen
  • Compatibility with Android, iOS, and Windows

Fitbit Alta HR

  • Heart rate monitor
  • 5-day battery life
  • Sleep tracking
  • Wearable in the shower
  • Grayscale screen
  • Replaceable band
  • Compatibility with Android, iOS, and Windows

Fitbit Ionic

  • Heart rate monitor
  • Altimeter
  • 4-day battery life
  • GPS monitor
  • Sleep tracker
  • Music player
  • Water resistance to 50 meters
  • Colour screen
  • Replaceable band

Samsung Galaxy Watch

  • Heart rate monitor
  • Altimeter
  • 3- to 4-day battery life
  • GPS monitor
  • Step and calorie counter
  • Water resistance to 50 meters
  • Replaceable band
  • Compatibility with Android and iOS

Garmin Forerunner 235

  • Heart rate monitor
  • Up to 9-day battery life
  • GPS monitor
  • Music player
  • Water resistance to 50 meters
  • Colour screen
  • Compatibility with Android, iOS, and Windows

Fitbit Flex 2

  • 5-day battery life
  • Sleep tracker
  • Water resistance to 50 meters
  • No screen
  • Replaceable band
  • Compatibility with Android, iOS, and Windows

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