Since lockdown we all seem to be tracking our movements more and more – I know that I’m obsessed with getting my 10,000 steps a day in and tracking how my miles I’ve cycled!
I don’t have an Apple Watch or wrist tracker of any sort, as I tend to use my smartphone and various apps to track my movements. (I worry if I did have an ‘on body’ tracker I’d be even more obsessed with my activity levels.) However, for the purposes of this article, I’m going to take a look at the technology that’s out there and if any of the latest offerings are worth the investment.
Take your choice
Most fitness trackers now cover the basics but it’s vital to consider what you want to use the tracker for to get the features you most need – for example, making sure it’s waterproof if you’re a swimmer!
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) organised by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) the latest cutting-edge wearables were on show and it seems the Fossil Gen 5 LTE was the star of the show. The big feature of this watch is its ability to answer calls and track your run even if you’ve left your phone at home and with 8GB of storage it has plenty of room for all the latest Apps. At £279.00 its also great value, but is only available on Verizon and Android phones.
If you’re looking for something more affordable then the Amazfit GTS 2e might fit the bill without skimping on features. The watch provides stress level, heart rate and sleep quality monitoring in addition to all the usual activity tracking options and is a good all-round choice for under £120.
Looking for something a little more classic? The Skagen Jorn HR watch has a classy look with a touch of smart thrown in, including a heart rate monitor, workout and sleep tracking, phone alerts and many more features to keep you entertained. At around £190 the watch offers good value for both Android and iOS users.
Best for Women
Good Housekeeping magazine recently ranked the 8 Best Smartwatches for Women on the Move with the APPLE Watch Series 6 coming out as the ‘Best Overall Smartwatch for Women’. The watch has a range of wellness features but does come with a hefty price tag ranging from £379 to nearly £700. If you want to try an Apple Watch but don’t want to spend that amount of money then you can get most of the features with the more affordable Apple Watch SE.
Finally, if you’re looking for something even more stylish take a peek at the water-resistant Bellabeat Leaf which can be worn as a bracelet, necklace or brooch and tracks everything from sleep, stress, meditation and even reproductive health.
With all this exciting technology at our fingertips, we have no excuse but to get off our office or surgery chairs and start moving more!