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Today is known as “fail Friday”. It’s the day that most of us will finally fall off the wagon and give up on our new year’s resolutions. Apart from getting a personal trainer, there are of course other ways to get fit. A great way is by using a fitness tracker. These little gadgets are usually in the form of a wrist watch, and can monitor how many steps you are doing, what your heart rate is, how many calories you’ve been through, how you are sleeping and other useful measurements. So if you’re falling off the wagon, try one of these, the best fitness trackers 2016.
1 – Fitbit surge. A great all-rounder, the surge can track both exercise and general health. It can automatically see what type of exercise you are doing – running, cycling, rowing – and will help you keep track of how you’re sleeping too. In-built GPS tracking monitors your training route, with run time, distance, pace and elevation stats clearly displayed. Whether you jog, run or cycle, you’ll be able to review your workout summary and spilt times at the end of each session. (£148 from www.currys.co.uk)
2 – Garmin forerunner 630. The big daddy here, this is a more comprehensive fitness tracker than many of it’s rivals. With a chest strap it can measure when you are getting close to your lactate threshold, essential for properly zoned training at an advanced level. When running it can also analyse your cadence, step rate and form. You can get predicted race times based on training, stress scores, a recovery advisor to tell when is the optimal time to go for another intense running session and a performance condition number based on pace and heart rate variability in real time. If you see a +5 reading, you’re in a good state to go running. (£330 from www.gamin.com)
3 – Polar M400. The best value of the fitness trackers looked at here, it’s really slim and compact, and doesn’t get in the way. It has built in GPs to track outdoors activities and can also monitor sleep patterns and track your steps. is one of the first fitness devices to bridge the gap between the fitness band and the GPS sports watch.It will also give you a nudge if you’ve been stationery for a long period. (£98 from www.fitnessdigital.co.uk)
4 – Tom Tom Spark. The tom-tom is one of the only dedicated fitness trackers that can also play music. With storage of 3GB it can stream music to bluetooth headphones – great as there are no niggling wires and you won’t have to take an iPod as well. It’s one of the few fitness trackers that actually looks ok as a watch, plus it has built in GPS, a heart rate sensor and you can track both daily and weekly goals. Our personal favourite. (£190 from www.johnlewis.com).
5 – Microsoft band 2. A hybrid between a fitness tracker and a smart phone, it has 11 sensors that monitor your heart rate, measure UV levels, tell you how far it is to the next green (golf setting) and other features. And you can read emails. But we feel it’s best to stay disconnected when running, keep hold of your zen. (£200 from www.microsoftstore.com)