Are you looking for something to buy a friend or something to help you keep to your training routine? Either way, you'll want to buy something reliable and easy to use. Keeping track of basic things like sleep and health is important, particularly if you live a very busy life. In that sort of circumstance, you'll need a tool that can help you. Health, sleep and fitness trackers are available as apps through the App Store and Google Play Store. They may be good enough for some people's needs but a device that's designed to track your health and sleep is always going to be better than a piece of software attached to your phone.
This is a device that covers all your fitness needs at a cost that's affordable and from a brand name that's synonymous with the fitness monitoring market. It's slim and user-friendly and it comes with fitness tracking and sleep-cycle monitoring. You can use it for contactless payments and it will store your music. It has smart notifications and there are a host of other apps you can use with it. If you opt for the $40 yearly plan, you can get personalized workout videos.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music
There are 15 pre-loaded exercise trackers on here so this device sometimes feels a lot more prepared than you are for your workout. It will count your active steps and it'll measure how quickly or slowly you recover from workouts, which is then used to decide if you're better off with more training or a break from the gym. The device's stress and body battery metrics allow you to understand how your sleep and your activity levels are affecting your overall wellness. In terms of the technology, the Vivoactive 3 Music has built-in GPS, can access cellular data and has a Gorilla glass touchscreen.
Fitbit Inspire HR
At less than $100 this makes the list because it does everything you need it to at a price everyone can afford. It's water-resistant, it's battery will last five days between charges, and it offers 15 types of exercise and fitness tracking tools including sleep and heartrate monitoring. It comes in a tiny package so it's discreet.
If you have an Apple Watch, you can currently download third-party apps for it that work fine but they won't compare well to the proprietary software Apple will release in 2020. Since 2015, Apple has made every effort to get us to think of the watch as a health and fitness device so this next step is a logical one. According to an article in Bloomberg, Apple is still testing the software so there's no official word on it but if they release it in 2020, it will improve on several fitness tracking features including electrocardiograms, which were introduced with the Series 4 watches, and automatic workout detection, which came our way with watchOS 5.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
Do you need a fitness tracker or can you use your smartphone or watch to monitor your health, fitness and sleep?
- The Fitbit Versa doesn’t come with on-board GPS.
- The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music can last up to seven days between charges.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“The Apple Watch doesn't have an online dashboard to view/analyse your results/runs/heart/sleep - Fitbit does.” (Calvin Gates reviewing the Fitbit Versa on Amazon)
“Great battery life. Reasonably straightforward set up. Best to have a smart watch to pair it with.” (JimRB reviewing the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music on Amazon)
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