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The 5 best fitness trackers to conquer your health goals in 2020
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It may seem like everyone is wearing a fitness tracker these days – and it’s for good reason. The unobtrusive accessory gives a real-time glimpse into your overall physical health by tracking your daily activity, resting heart rate, estimated number of calories burned, and more. By putting your vitals at the tips of your fingers, this small addition to your lifestyle is an easy way to start taking control of your health.
Below, we’ve outlined the top picks for fitness level, and lifestyle to help you find the best fitness tracker for your needs.
Best for women: Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch
When fitness trackers first came out, they often got bad raps for clunky and heavy designs, but Fitbit’s latest release is proof of how far they’ve come. This sleek watch not only tracks your heart rate, steps, and calories burned, but it also gives an insightful look into your sleep quality each night by tracking your light, deep, and REM sleep stages. But what really makes this watch a winner for women is the addition of period tracking, which lets you log cycles, record symptoms, and analyse trends that’ll eventually lead to you receiving a notification two days before your period even starts. Throw in a long-lasting battery life (up to six days) and built-in voice assistance by Amazon’s Alexa, and it’s no surprise this watch has already accumulated more than 1,600 5-star reviews.
Best with blood pressure monitor: Fitfort Fitness Tracker
You won’t find a blood pressure monitor in most fitness trackers, but this budget-friendly find is a welcome exception. Along with the ability to track your steps and pulse, it gives accurate blood pressure readings that many reviewers say comes within points of readings completed with medical-grade blood pressure cuffs. You’ll have to make a few adjustments to get a more accurate number – including a tighter band fit and a few calibrations – but this important feature gives you real-time insights into a vital part of your health and turns this otherwise typical tracker into a rare find.
Best for kids: Garmin Vívofit Junior 2
If you’re trying to stay active as a family, Garmin delivers the perfect fitness tracker for kids with a simple band that tracks your child’s step count, sleep, and daily activity levels. Available in child-friendly designs – including Disney Princess, Star Wars, and Marvel-themed options – the tracker encourages kids to stay active by unlocking adventures and prizes in a corresponding app. You can also send alerts and set task timers to keep your little ones on top of their daily chores or tasks, like practicing the piano or brushing their teeth. Naturally, parents call it “the perfect incentive for good behaviour” and praise the waterproof construction and year-long battery life.
Best for heart health: Apple Watch Series 5
While most fitness trackers monitor your heart rate, the latest model of Apple’s smart watch takes it to the next level by also tracking your heart rhythm with a single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). Built-in electrodes read your heart’s electrical signals to track heart health and warn wearers of any irregularities. The advanced technology in this watch can even sense falls and call emergency services if you don’t get up within a minute. Apple warns that it should never be relied on to determine medical emergencies, like heart attacks, but it’s still a useful tool if you want to get a better sense of your current cardiovascular health. And just like previous models of the Apple watch, you can set workout-specific goals and track your exercises – including cycling, yoga, and high-intensity interval training – which are auto-recognised by the watch. With other new features including period tracking and a built-in GPS, it’s no surprise this watch is our favourite.
Best for men: Suunto 3 Fitness Sports Watch
Whether you consider yourself a runner, a swimmer, or anything in between, this fitness-focused watch has you covered with a lightweight, waterproof construction that’s built to track a wide range of activities. It not only allows you to create seven day training plans for a wide range of workouts, but also offers exercise recommendations based on your current fitness level to help optimise your training. While the rugged design is slightly on the large size, the screen can be personalised to meet your preferences with options for a minimal clock face or a home screen that displays your fitness level, step count, and heart rate. Called a “terrific fitness watch” by one reviewer, it also boasts a 5-day battery life and mobile notifications.
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