As the New Year brings in new resolutions to get fit and lose weight, we round up the best fitness trackers and smartwatches currently on sale this January
Fitness Trackers are a great tool to monitor how fit and active you are. They can record how much exercise you do, how many calories you intake and burn off, monitor your heart rate and also analyse the quality of your sleep.
With January here and people trying to shift the extra weight they put on over Christmas, now’s a good time to get a fantastic deal on a fitness tracker.
If you’re looking for recommendations, then you’ve come to the right place.There are so many fitness trackers available on the market offering so many looks and a myriad of features that it can be tricky picking out one that’s right for you.
We’ve compiled this list of the best fitness trackers and smartwatches on sale this January to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions and smash your fitness targets. There’s a wide range of devices on this list for a variety of needs and budgets.
Apple Watch 2015 Sport 42mm
The Apple Watch measures your workouts, tracks your activity and helps encourage healthy living, all adding up to a better you.
Designed to reflect a wide range of tastes and styles, you can make it even more personal by switching straps and changing watch faces, anytime you want.
The Apple Watch is worth getting if you own other Apple devices to pair it with. It’s a smartwatch that does it all. Not only is it a fitness tracker but also allows you to read emails, summon Siri and make and receive phone calls from your wrist.
Although Series 2 of the Apple Watch is out, you should not discount the 1st generation watches if you don’t need a built-in GPS chip, waterproof specs or more than a day’s worth of battery life. The cheaper original Apple Watch is still a good fit.
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
A smart activity tracker geared for running, cycling and everyday life, the Garmin Vivosmart HR and GPS Activity tracker is an essential for the fitness conscious individual.
The sleek low profile shape is specifically engineered for comfort under all clothing, with a robust build quality and water resistant capabilities.
The always-on display remains readable in even the brightest sunlight, displaying the accurate fitness data in an easy to process layout.
Samsung Gear Fit 2
Samsung have made a lot of wearable devices over the years, but none as impressive as the gear Fit 2.
Samsung has refined its original design to make it a lot more useful for athletes. It has built-in GPS, a slightly larger screen and smarter activity tracking.
We can’t recommend the Samsung Gear Fit 2 enough. Now that it offers iOS support, we feel it’s a fantastic alternative to the Apple Watch as it’s affordable in price and offers a lot of functionality.
Fitbit Charge 2
The Fitbit Charge 2 is a fantastic improvement on its previous Charge and Charge HR models.
As well the usual steps and sleep tracking – all logged within Fitbit’s superb app – the Charge 2 tracks heart rate continuously, monitors resting heart rate and now rates VO2 Max, a scientific gauge of fitness.
Fitbit Flex 2
Slim and swim-proof, the Flex 2 from Fitbit is a ready-for-anything update featuring an ultra-thin removable tracker that can hide in bands, bangles or pendants to fit your life and style.
An automatic all-day activity and sleep tracker keeps track of your numbers while a discreet progress display keeps you connected.
Coming in at just under £70, the Flex 2 is a great entry-level Fitbit for those who want a tracker that’s slim, versatile and of course, waterproof.
Misfit Ray helps you monitor your daily activity so you can improve your routines and habits for a healthier lifestyle.
It can measure steps taken, calories burned and distances covered. The activity tracker helps you improve your sleep cycles too by monitoring sleep duration and quality each night.
To help you train more effectively, the fitness band also tracks activities like walking, running, cycling and sports like basket, tennis, cycling and even yoga. You can go swimming with it too, as the Misfit Ray is waterproof down to 50 m.
The Jawbone UP3 came out to a lot of fanfare in 2015 due to the bold claims by its makers about just how advanced the tech in the sensor-laden wearable is.
Jawbone had big ambitions to create a waterproof fitness tracker and was so focused on the UP3 being pool-proof. Unfortunately, after months of delays, Jawbone eventually had to bring a splash-proof, rather than a waterproof, product to market.
Despite it’s mess of a launch, The UP3 delivers fantastic battery life, accurate step tracking and a fantastic accompanying app. It’s also had a firmware update which has brought passive bpm readings.
The Jawbone UP3 is lightweight, comfortable and incredibly stylish. Given it was £129.99 at launch, you can now purchase one for as little as £45 which is an absolute steal.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
The Mi Band 2 is a cheap but cheerful fitness tracker from Chinese hardware giant Xiaomi.
Don’t let the price put you off. While the Mi Band 2 may be one of the cheapest fitness trackers on the market, it’s incredibly feature laden.
The new version of Mi Band 2 has an OLED-display and a touch panel, which will make more information available to you. You can find out the detailed information about the covered distance, time, heart rate, body temperature and many other useful data with just one touch of a finger.
At just £30, the Mi Band 2 represents incredible value when set against some of the established fitness wearables, offering more functionality than many of its rivals at a fraction of the price.