10 Best fitness trackers (2021) UK: trackers to help you reach your fitness goals
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10 Best fitness trackers (2021) UK: trackers to help you reach your fitness goals

04/07/2022  |   288 Views

Tracking your fitness has come a long way since the early days of pedometers.

These days fitness trackers come with a wide-range of functions, from GPS and heart rate monitoring, to counting your swim strokes - all of which are useful to help you monitor your progress and track your fitness goals to achieve your desired results.

And as well as all the health statistics you'll be able to read from your wrist, many of the smart watches and trackers available now will also allow you to answer and make phone calls, check your diary and even listen to your favourite playlists.

Depending on your budget, lifestyle, and what metrics you want to track, there's something for everyone out there. We've taken a look at the best fitness trackers currently on the market and rounded up the best to buy now below.

Top fitness trackersGarmin Vivosmart 4

As well as boasting some of the top features to optimise your fitness journey, the Vivosmart 4 also has an all-day stress tracking tool, as well as a relaxation breathing timer.

This is ideal for people who need to take a breather and practice mindfulness in between workouts.

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This fitness tracker might be super slim and fashionable in design, but it still manages to pack in a sharp screen to show all of your metrics and is safe for the pool and shower.

Aside from the standard metrics is can measure, the Vivosmart 4 has an all-day stress tracking tool, a relaxation breathing timer – great for those of you looking to find stress points and up your mindfulness.

An innovative feature we can find on this fitness device is its 'Body Battery'. This tells you how much energy you have (or are lacking) and helps you decide when the best time to exercise is depending on your energy levels.

The Fitbit Charge 4 is hailed as one of the best fitness trackers you can buy and it's packed with features that will have you adding it to your basket in no time.

This iteration of this advanced Fitbit is compatible with most sports and it recognises most sports as you do them, so no need to adjust it depending on what you're doing, and you'll likely get more accurate results.

Built from a waterproof body the device is swim-proof, has a Bluetooth 4.0 radio receiver, and a battery life of up to 7 days. The built in heart rate monitor means you'll be able to see fluctuations in your resting and active heart rate at all times of the day, so you can better optimise your workouts.

In addition to being a fitness tracker, you can track you deep and light sleep with this tracking device, to ensure you're getting enough of the right kind of sleep.

The Huawei Band 3 Pro might be slightly lower in price, but that doesn't make it lower on features.

With up to 12 days usage, this fitness tracker goes the distance. Crafted from a waterproof exterior, the band shows a 0.95" AMOLED colour touchscreen (great for use in the sunlight), and a precision heart monitoring system to keep track of your body fluctuations during both indoor and outdoor activities.

The Band 3 Pro has GPS built in as well as a scientific sleep monitor to track your resting activity levels and try one of the 200 solutions to better your sleep.

Whether you're on land or in the water, Samsung's Fit 2 fitness tracker is water resistant up to 50 metres in the water and will help you to log your strokes too.

The smart watch has a f ull colour AMOLED display, allowing you to easily view all of your vital stats; including calories burned, heart rate, steps and sleep.

You'll get around 15 days of battery life, so no need to worry about frequent charging. If you don't use the heart rate or workout tracking feature the battery can even last up to an impressive 21 days.

It wouldn't be a fitness tracking article without an Apple Watch and the latest instalment from the tech giant is the series 6 watch.

10 Best fitness trackers (2021) UK: trackers to help you reach your fitness goals

Not only you track your heart rate and exercise stats, the Apple Watch Series 6 lets you measure your blood oxygen levels, with a revolutionary new sensor and app.

Users can reply to calls and messages straight from their wrists, even whilst training. You can also set a bedtime routine and track your sleep to ensure you're getting the most out of your workouts and day to day life.

Designed for runners of all levels, NURVV offers a completely unique running insight.

Unlike other wearables, it measures your running from your feet, rather than the wrist with two smart insoles that have 32 precision sensors capturing your every move.

Unique technique metrics measured at 1,000 times a second give insight into foot strike, cadence and stride length and how to improve these. A running health score that is built up from your run data will also advise if you're over or under training too.

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Looking like more of a traditional smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa Lite takes a sleek form with some modern features.

Praised for its comfortability – especially on smaller wrists, this is an aesthetically pleasing piece.

Other design features include being water resistant up to 50M and 300x300 resolution full colour touchscreen display. Keep track of your light, deep, and REM sleep patterns, keep note of your calories burn with the 24/7 heart monitor and reach your activity goals by tracking steps, distance, and active minutes.

The Fitbit Versa Lite connects to GPS vis your phone and its also compatible with other smart experiences Strava, Uber and even guided breathing.

The second fitness tracker from Garmin on the list, this is a slightly more advanced version for people much more into their sports. Sporting an always-on colour Chroma display, it's small enough to wear everyday without interfering with your style or activities.

Complete with built in GPS, the tracker also features a heart rate monitor and a smart activity tracker that can log floors climbed, calories burned, intensity minutes and sleep patterns.

GPS-enabled activities include strength training, walking, biking and running, while you can keep on top of your mental state with the all day stress tracking feature and relaxation-based breathing timer.

Another Fitbit for the list, this health tracker takes queues from the design of a smart watch and has been highlighted as a great option for runners and cyclists.

The main feature this waterproof tracker-watch hybrid compared to the others on this list is that it has is the Fitbit Pay feature. This makes it a serious rival of other more expensive smartwatches on the market that don't have this functionality.

Constructed from aluminium, it is lighter and more comfy than many other designs, and there are a selection of plastic and leather wrist straps that can easily be swapped out and matched to your personal style.

This tracker watch has a superbly bright LCD screen for easy viewing in the sunlight, an interactive touch screen to swipe through apps easily, while the three hardware buttons on the side of the face make for easy navigation when you're in the throws of exercise.

If you want a stylish smartwatch, but need full functionality at an affordable price tag, this fitness tracker from Garmin is a great option and comes in different colour styles to suit your preferences.

Featuring a more pared back black and white screen, this device has a built-in GPS, accurate heart rate tracker, sleep tracker and VO2 Max tracking capabilities which measures oxygen uptake as well as multi-sport tracking.

It's complete with Move IQ automatic activity detection, allowing it to recognise the activity you're doing without having to programme. Meet your fitness goals with help from various sports profiles, vibration alerts and many more.

Many of the top models of fitness trackers can look at multiple health stats at once. These include calorie logging and calories burnt, blood pressure, heart rates and even track your sleep schedules.

Aside from health stats, with integrated features like GPS you can also track your location and multiple different exercises. You'll also find most can pair with your smartphone via an app, making it easy to keep track of your progress and push yourself if you feel as though you're ready to.

Fitbit might be the best-known brand in the world of fitness tracking but, there are plenty of other options out there for customers to choose what's right for them - many of which have the same features for less money.

Among some of the top competitors are brands such as Garmin, which is known for its versatile range of watches with dedicated and powerful trackers for your overall fitness.

Whether you're a serious gadget-mad techy looking for something with the maximum functionality, a fitness fanatic or an exercise amateur, there's a fitness tracker for all needs, budget and experience.

Once you've found the perfect tracker device, why not check out our rundown of the best fitness apps to help you achieve your goals.