The best on the market to beat your personal bests
Keeping fit is no longer just a case of getting sweaty for as long as humanly possible. Now we have unnecessarily expensive gym memberships, state-of-the-art running shoes and, best of all, high-tech fitness watches. If you haven’t yet invested in the latter, then you’re missing out.
Why is such a purchase necessary when you’re already jotting down all your macros, calories and exercises in that dog-eared notebook? Well, for that very reason. A fitness watch can do all the tracking much more quickly and accurately, allowing you to carve out (and upgrade) your exercise regime from there.
Convinced? Take a look at our best in class for 2019 from the likes of Garmin and Samsung…
The Garmin Vivoactive 3 isn’t quite top table material. And that’s precisely the point. Unlike a smartwatch that can channel Swiss prestige, this is purely for performance: built-in GPS, pre-set workouts via a multitude of sports-specific apps, and all-day stress tracking.
Vivoactive 3, £159.95, amazon.co.uk
Heart rate monitoring is a good indication of an optimal workout, and subsequent improvement. Which is lucky, as Huawei’s Band 3 Pro offers a more accurate, more granular reading than its predecessor thanks to a TruSeen 3.0 system.
Band 3 Pro, £59.99, amazon.co.uk
3 Fitness Watch, £200, mrporter.com
Fitbit is now a ubiquitous name in the sports-tech world. So, pair that with a juggernaut like adidas, and you can anticipate great things from this particular smartwatch. Expect a unique coaching experience from one of the biggest sport brands in the world, alongside all the usual trimmings.
Ionic Health & Fitness Smartwatch, £219.88, amazon.co.uk
In a market dominated by iPhone accessibility, Samsung’s Galaxy watch is best suited to the smartphone of the same name. And, with military grade Gorilla glass, it’ll survive the mandatory tumble that befell your previous six telephones.
Galaxy Watch Active, £209.95,amazon.co.uk
Ironman GPS Watch, £99.99,timex.co.uk
Fashioning instruments that monitor the old ticker since 1977, Polar’s 2019 output is a lot more advanced. Which means training schedules tailored to your sport of choice, fitness tests and tips on the best route to recovery.
Unisex M430 Fitness Watch, £149.69,amazon.co.uk
Apple, arguably, started this whole smartwatch thing. So instead of trying to outdo the competition, Nike teamed up. Four times in fact, with the latest iteration – the Apple Watch Nike+ – proving to be the best yet in the form of a fully optimised fitness watch.
Apple Watch Nike+, £399, apple.com