The days when the whole purpose of a wristwatch was to tell you the time are long gone. Nowadays, besides serving that noble purpose, watches can add time to your life. This may seem quite an overstatement, but there were cases where a smartwatch was a lifesaver. And this shouldn’t shock us — after all, technology is all about making people’s lives easier and safer (or, at least, it should be).
Let’s get back to watches: we’re literally using computers on our wrists these days. They usually come with a touchscreen interface and, when associated with other devices, can be used to measure data. With the help of this small device, you can track your heart rate, count your steps, check how many calories you’ve burnt, among a myriad of other things. And it’s the possibility of using these watches as a fitness tracker that contributed decisively to their rise in popularity in the last years.
Whether you’re a regular gym-goer or if you’re only starting, a fitness tracker can be the gym buddy you need to keep you motivated to achieve your goals. That’s why we decided to test and share with you the best fitness trackers and watches available right now.
Fitbit is a pioneer in the fitness trackers industry. However, they’ve encountered fierce competition in recent years — some offering a similar product at a lower price, others incorporating its qualities in a more comprehensive product (we are looking at you, Apple Watch). Yet, they remain the best option for people who practice sports regularly due to their beauty and affordability. Plus, they’re super easy to use. So, if you’re not a pro athlete, this is your best choice.
And we can’t stress that enough! Integration with your phone will be super easy, but, most importantly, this new series brought a few perks that make this watch a great option. Its water resistance has improved, and it’s also dust-proof. The latest upgrade paid particular attention to cycling: it has enhanced fall detection, and it’s now able to differentiate when you’re riding an indoor bike or a regular one.
A fitness tracker just for runners may, at first, seem oddly specific, but this one will certainly change your mind. It is super light, which is great because the last thing you need while running is extra weight in one of your arms. It has built-in GPS and integration with Strava so that you can track your runs; plus, it’s affordable. Nonetheless, the feature we love the most is its battery: it can last up to 20 days. A runner’s dream!
At EVO, we believe fitness is for everyone, and the only thing you need to start is your body. As you progress, you’ll try to find a gym with the right set of features for your workouts and later a fitness tracker to help you go the extra mile. If you’re still doubtful and not willing to spend too much on the latter, then this is your best option. You’ll notice that the materials aren’t as good, but it still has excellent perks: it’s waterproof, and its battery can last up to a week.
On the other hand, if you want to combine fitness and health tracking, then this is your watch. Its sensors allow you to measure your heart rate and take ECGs, and it’s the first significant smartwatch with body composition analysis, making it easier for you to manage your health goals. If body composition is not on your mind, don’t worry: this watch also has all standard features for your training sessions.
If you’re a regular sportsperson and have a thing for outdoor and extreme sports, then this should be a no-brainer — this watch can draw power from the sun. Yes, its battery life is impressive but is also great in its primary job: tracking your fitness details. It’s not as elegant as some we’ve seen before because it was designed to go with you on adventures.