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Looking to get fit for your post-lockdown glam up? With the stages for us coming out of lockdown finally mapped out, we can finally set goals for ourselves to work towards. Whether it’s losing weight, tone up, or change your lifestyle to a healthier one, using a fitness tracker to monitor your progress and ensure you’re hitting your goals every week.
With technology getting better and more affordable every year, we’ve had to update our list of the best fitness trackers in 2021. Fitness trackers used to be used strictly for when you work out, but as of more recently, they’re sleeker in design and can pass for a standard smartwatch, making them perfect for everyday use.
It can be a tricky thing to find the one best suited to your needs and budget? Let’s take a look at what’s available.
Fitbit Charge 4, Health and Fitness Tracker, Black
The Fitbit Charge 4 unsurprisingly sits at the top of our list; the sleek, recognisable design often mimicked by other brands makes this one of the most recognisable fitness trackers on the market. It’s water-resistant up to 50 meters, so it can be worn out during runs in the rain or even in the pool with you and is created with a battery that will last up to 7 days, so you only need to charge it once a week on the weekend. There’s also a built-in GPS to track where you’re heading, making it perfect to link to Strava. Track your heart rate throughout the day, from when you wake up until your walk home from campus.
To help you work smarter, Fitbit features AZM, also known as Active Zone Minutes, distinguishing the different exercise levels. Differentiating a high-intensity run is more likely to burn more calories than a brisk walk. This allows you to hit your exercise goals easily.
Fitbit also uses Smart Wake, a feature that will slowly bring you out of your sleeping stage at the right time, beginning 30 minutes before the alarm you set. This not only makes waking up easier in the mornings but by pairing this with overall sleep tracking, you can get the best sleeping pattern that’ll make all the difference to your metabolism and even your day-to-day concentration when studying!
Galaxy Watch Active
£199.00, £129.00 (Save £70.00)
The Galaxy Watch Active can go underwater up to 50 meters, so you won’t need to take it off as you hop in the shower after a quick workout. The watch's design is thin and lightweight yet robust, so whether you’re on track or dancing in the club, you won’t feel weighed down, nor worry about it breaking. The battery will last for up to 45 hours, depending on usage. The built-in GPS will automatically track your everyday activity, as little as your walk up the stairs to class to swimming lanes. While it’s designed for fitness, you can still use this watch as a smartwatch, it shows your messages, and you can control your music or podcast easily, instead of having to reach for your phone when you’re in the middle of a set. Efficient sleep is just as important as your workouts, which is why you can ensure you’re getting the right amount of REM sleep your body needs. The 1.1” Super AMOLED display is made with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is easily visible in most lighting conditions. The inbuilt heart rate monitor notices if your stress levels are high and recommend breathing exercises to wind down.
Huawei Band 4
£39.99, £29.99 (Save £10)
A more affordable alternative to some of the other fitness trackers on the market, the Huawei Band 4 covers all the basic features you need to track your progress. Touchscreen, waterproof up to 50 meters, and a home button to control your way through the different features, such as settings, stopwatch/timer, Activity reminder, target setting and achievement reminder, heart rate monitoring and warnings, daily activity tracking and monitoring, and even your sleeping activity, plus much more! You can even download the free Huawei Health app. The app allows you to connect your tracker to your phone and manage and monitor your fitness; you can connect your band to your phone and better manage your progress. You can also check your fitness and health data and better understand your physical conditions and fitness status.
Garmin vivoactive 4S Smartwatch 40mm with Silicone Band, Silver/Powder Grey
The extremely well-made Garmin vivoactive 4S watch is on the higher end of fitness trackers. The display is a level above the rest; with animated workouts, you can see directly on the screen. You can even connect your wireless directly to the watch instead of having to connect through a phone. Whether you're a beginner training for your first 5K, or if you’re working on your half-marathon, Garmin Coach will help direct you on what you need to do to achieve your targets. The 4S has all the basic features most fitness trackers have, plus additional features. And if you’re rushing into the shop to buy a drink quickly, you can pay directly using Garmin. You can even get personal with the 4S by downloading custom watch faces, add data fields, other apps, and widgets, which you have access to through the Connect IQ Store.
COROS APEX Premium Multisport GPS Watch
The COROS APEX Premium Multisport GPS Watch is built from high-quality and robust materials to last you through the toughest workouts, from the sapphire glass lens and stainless steel bezel. Select one of the three battery modes, including the YltraMax mode, which lasts up to 100 hours. The regular mode stays charged for 30 days. The operating system is easy to navigate your way through. And speaking of navigation, your routes can be mapped out instantly, with every detail logged, from elevation and notifications to ensure you stay on course. Training is about efficiency. This watch breaks down your energy input through stamina level (0-100) and training effect (0-6); this allows the APEX to choose your breaks and rest times to maximise your performance. Work in collaboration with trained professionals by downloading their workouts through the COROS App, or choose between over 200 already pre-downloaded exercises. If you're a runner, APEX features an intelligent Stride Algorithm that calculates your run when training indoors, such as a treadmill, or in locations where there's no GPS service.
Some of the supported workouts include Run, Indoor Run, Trail Run, Track Run, Mountain Climb, Hike, Bike, Indoor Bike, Pool Swim, Open Water, Triathlon, Gym Cardio, GP Cardio, Ski, Snowboard, XC Ski, Ski Touring, Multisport, Strength, Training.