From advanced step counters to serious smartwatches, there’s something here for every fitness enthusiast
Not all fitness trackers look the same. The Moov Now is a perfect example of this: it doesn’t have a conventional screen, nor does it have a built-in pedometer to track your steps. Instead, the device relies heavily on Moov’s smartphone companion app.
“It’s designed to be a personal trainer on your wrist,” The Daily Telegraph says. Using the app, the device records your fitness data and guides you through a workout it recommends to you. It will even send instructions through your earphones, so there’s no need to keep checking your phone.
“The best thing about it all is that the app starts you off slow,” making it a solid option for those who are just starting out, the newspaper says.
Moov Now, £55, amazon.co.uk
Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit arguably kick-started the fitness tracker craze earlier in the decade. They’re cheap, accurate and boast a design that’s minimal yet colourful.
One of the latest iterations of the Fitbit tracker is the Charge 3. The third-generation model features an improved touchscreen display, the ability to tag on to your smartphone’s GPS chip and a mode that monitors your sleep patterns, says Tom’s Guide. It can also be used underwater, making it an ideal companion for swimmers.
Buyers can expect seven-day battery life from the device. That’s significant, given that the more expensive devices on this list will run out of puff in a matter of hours.
Fitbit Charge 3, £119, amazon.co.uk
Apple Watch Series 4
Don’t be fooled by the Apple Watch Series 4’s appearance. It may look like a regular smartwatch, but the Watch 4’s unique features make it a left-field choice for fitness fanatics.
What sets the Watch Series 4 apart from the rest is that it’s equipped with special electrodes that can identify “alarming cardiac irregularities” for users with heart issues, says Wired. The Series 4 also boasts a better heart rate monitor than its predecessor, which means it’s better at recording your workout data.
With prices starting at £399, the Watch Series 4 isn’t as cheap as some of the other trackers on this list. But the tech site says it’s a “no-brainer” for iPhone users because it benefits from being a conventional smartwatch, allowing you to keep tabs on your messages and manage your songs while on the go.
Apple Watch Series 4, £399, apple.com
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus
Those who are more serious about their fitness regime need look no further than Garmin’s Fenix 5 Plus.
It is “about as comprehensive as it comes”, says TechRadar, tracking a host of sports including swimming, running, cycling, snowboarding and cross-country skiing to name but a few. It’s also great at helping you recover from a workout, such as suggesting a rest period if your resting heart rate becomes “unusually elevated”.
It may be the most expensive tracker on this list by quite a margin, but that’s to be expected from a “serious performance and adventure” tool, the tech site says.
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, £513, amazon.co.uk