Three to watch: The must-have fitness trackers for 2018
It may be a little early to start thinking of the ‘new you’ that the new year will bring – and it’s certainly too soon to think about stepping away from those mouth-watering mince pies. But come January, you’ll want to be prepared to kick start you year the healthy way, and if you’re the type who needs a little extra motivation then it may be time to think about investing in a fitness tracker – or upgrading the one you’ve already got.
Whilst there are a plethora of smart watches and fitness trackers now available on the market, wading through the sea of options can be something of a minefield if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Nowadays, there about much more than just counting your steps; with an emphasis on heart-rate monitoring, sleep tracking and exercise coaching, they’ve become something of an all-round tool for wellness, and if you know what you are looking for then there is something for everyone.
If you plan to use your tracker as a timepiece, too, then it’s worth noting that not all fitness trackers resemble wristwatches, and many come in the form of small, lightweight bands like the Fitbit Alta HR, or can be attached to your ankle like the Moov Now. Smartwatches, meanwhile, can support a number of apps, making them a great tool for more advanced fitness lovers.
Here are our top three fitness trackers and smart watches to buy now to have you ready and waiting to run into the new year.
Huawei Watch 2
The Huawei Watch 2 is making waves in the fitness world, and not without good reason. Standalone 4G connectivity means you can connect it up to your phone – giving you the freedom to step away from it every once in a while and give all your attention to your exercise session. Boasting a professional running coach feature to guide and motivate you, the HUAWEI WATCH 2 will track your walk or run via GPS, and comes in sports and classic watch styles – making it a great piece of arm candy that ticks all the right boxes in terms of functionality.
The new Fitbit Ionic is a motivating timepiece packed with fitness guidance, health insights, music storage, apps and more. Offering dynamic personal coaching, users benefit from on-screen guidance for every move and routines that adapt based on your feedback. It’ll provide you with your heart rate at all times, too – so you can always be sure that you’re in that all-important fat burning zone.
One device that is purely about fitness and not aesthetics, the Moov Now is a smart choice for those dedicated to their regime. With a slim design that can be attached to your wrists or ankles for versatile analysis, this tracker measures a wide range of motions such as walking, running and cycling – and unlike many trackers, it’s perfect for use in the pool, too. Small and compact, it’s comfortable and easy to wear – though don’t expect functions such as heart rate monitoring here.
Still undecided? We’ll be putting the very best fitness trackers and smart watches to the test in the new year, so keep an eye out in January! However, if you searching for an altimeter watch that will help you conquer the mountains in 2018, then head over to RunnerClick.com who have put together an excellent article on the very best altimeter watches to purchase in the January sales.