Hands up if one of your New Year resolutions was to get fit, get in shape or get more exercise? There will be a lot of hands out there as this kind of resolution is on the top of many people lists, especially following the excesses of Christmas. But one of the most common reasons that people fail in this aim is that they don’t see the progress they are making. That’s where fitness trackers come in and there are some excellent ones available. Here are five of the best for 2017 in no particular order.
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
The Vivosmart HR+ from Garmin has received consistently high ratings from customers who have purchased it and it won Fitness Tracker of the Year at the Warable Tech Awards last year. One of the reasons that it is so popular is the range of features that it includes – it blends activity tracker, GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring as well as being water resistant to 50 meters. It also offers sleep monitoring to help provide a full picture of your health.
Current price $219.99
Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit are one of the big names in fitness trackers and the Charge 2 has quickly earned a rating as a top general fitness tracker. It does the sleep and step tracking and uses new VO2 Max to scientifically gauge fitness alongside heart rate monitoring and resting hear rate. There is even breathing training to combat stress included in the wellness features. It can even track runs if you take your smartphone with you, which most of us will do automatically.
Current price $149.99 but there are promo codes to reduce this down through Amazon
Misfit Shine 2
The Shine 2 from Misfit shows that not all trackers need to adorn your wrist – this is a clip-on style tracker that can be worn on shirts, waistbands, shoes or even your pocket. It is a smart and minimalist looking device that is surprisingly powerful for its size. The data accuracy compared to a GPS running watch saw only 0.1km difference and it also includes smartphone notifications and vibration alerts.
Current price $99.99
If you want to use advanced sports training plans to up your fitness, then the Moov Now is the perfect partner. This devices straps around your leg and pairs with a smartphone to monitor a range of sport activities including running, swimming and cycling. It can help you up your activity levels at the right time and increase your stamina while also offering daily step and sleep tracking facilities.
Current price $59.99
If your goal is more about weight loss than fitness or steps taken, then the TomTom Touch is the device for you. It uses built-in body composition sensors that means you get an accurate analysis of body fat and muscle percentages just by placing your finger on the sensor. This allows you to track the benefits of your new workout routine on your waistline.
Current price $129.99