Its that time of the year again and many are deciding to go into the New Year as healthier versions of ourselves. Unfortunately, most of us will fail to keep our 2019 resolutions. Research shows that 80% will not make it past mid-February before going back to their old ways. Ultimately, only 10% will succeed.
Essential reading: Top fitness trackers and health gadgets
If you’ve decided to walk more and shed those pounds, an activity tracker can be a great motivator. For the average person who is interested in tracking their fitness and does the occasional run here and there, any Fitbit fitness tracker will do. If you are a swimmer or are after something more sophisticated, Versa is the way to go.
There are some great discounts to take advantage of if you’re after a Fitbit fitness tracker or smartwatch. They’ll run until January 19th and it’s likely it will be a while before the next sale.
Versa is the San Francisco manufacturer’s second attempt at a smartwatch. The device comes with most of the sensors you’ll find on Ionic, but with its rounded edges, polished look and more compact form factor, it looks much better.
In terms of fitness tracking there’s everything you’d expect from a Fitbit device, along with capturing real-time stats on 20 different types of activities including swimming. And you’ll be able to keep tabs on all this in real-time on the gorgeous hi-res 300 by 300 pixel LCD touchscreen.
Admittedly there is the lack of built-in GPS, but you are unlikely to notice this unless you are an avid runner. Plus this helps to keep the price down. There is on-board storage for music too, smartphone notifications and Fitbit pay.
Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit Charge 3 is our pick as the best fitness band for the average person who does the occasional run here and there. It comes with a large OLED, high-res display, water-proofing and excellent 7 day battery life.
You’ll find everything you need for 24/7 activity monitoring, along with a great software ecosystem. Last but certainly not least are the smart features. These have progressed so much that they are starting to blend the line between fitness tracker and smartwatch.
Fitbit Alta HR
Fitbit calls the Alta HR the “world’s slimmest” wrist-worn tracker with a continuous heart rate sensor. With this fitness band, the company has shown that it is possible to bring its Pure Pulse technology to a device this narrow.
In addition to heart rate, the Alta HR can track steps, distance, calories and sleep. The only thing it won’t do is count floors. As you’d expect, there are some non-fitness features as well. The device, which weighs only 15 grams, also displays notifications for incoming calls, text messages and calendar alerts.
With its blocky, retro design, Ionic may not be a looker but at least it packs some decent specs under the hood. When it comes to activity monitoring, the watch includes almost everything Fitbit has on offer.
For outdoor fitness tracking, the built-in GPS/GLONASS will keep tabs on your pace, distance, elevation and split times. Fitbit has, however, taken its first timepiece beyond the fitness tracking environment. You get 2.5GB of internal storage for music, notifications and payments.
Fitbit Flex 2
The Flex 2 is the company’s slimmest tracker yet. A simple LED display uses color-coded lights to show progress toward your daily goal, and keeps you connected with call and text notifications.
Most importantly, the device is water resistant down to a depth of 50 meters, whether you’re in the shower, pool or ocean, and it automatically tracks your swims.
The Blaze is Fitbit’s first wearable with a color touch-screen, which pops out so you can swap bands.
The device tracks activity and records heart rate, but lacks the GPS of the Surge and Ionic. Instead it has something Fitbit calls Connected GPS. This means its capable of tapping into your smartphone’s GPS for readings. With a battery life of 5 days, this is a stylish wearable which represents a great compromise between a fully fledged smartwatch and fitness tracker.
Fitbit Flyer headphones
If dad already has a great fitness tracker, pair it with the Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones. These buds are sweat-proof and water resistant so will survive the most robust of workouts, come rain or shine. You’ll get 6 hours playtime with music and call controls via the 3-button control box. A 15-minute quick charge over Micro USB will get you another hour of battery life.
The headphones are able to connect with two devices at the same time so you can keep them talking to both your smartphone and smartwatch. There’s the additional bonus of a quick pairing feature with Ionic.
Fitbit Aria 2
The new Aria 2 has a fresh design and a few other updates, but its core features remain largely the same. This means it will track weight, BMI, body fat percentage, with now the addition of lean mass. Just like its predecessor, it can recognise up to 8 users and you can set weight goals with a daily calorie plan, log food and other workouts.
If you’re looking to lose weight or just keep tabs on your current weight, this scale makes a good choice. Particularly if you own a Fitbit fitness tracker.
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