HEALTH TRACKING WATCHES

Story By
Kyle Gregorio

A health/fitness tracker is a gadget that can be worn by an individual throughout the day to keep track of various body parameters. The best ones are good tools for getting more active, getting more sleep, and getting more insight as to your overall health.

As exercise-oriented wearables/smartwatches, fitness trackers can measure your heart rate, read your blood oxygen levels, accompany you as you do sports, and tell you if you're well-rested. They can help you track your progress and offer guidance on how hard you should be pushing yourself, too. When you're not working out, some can be used to conduct online payments, play music, answer texts and much more.

It helps to set fitness goals such as meeting basic regular exercise activity, burning a specific number of calories in the day, and even drinking a set number of glasses of water. It can reinforce motivation, by showing the individual exactly how much of a goal has been met. They are easy to use and extremely convenient at measuring different parameters.

With the main things to factor in before making your next smartwatch purchase being looks, features and price, where do you begin your search?

APPLE WATCH SERIES 6

Part of Apple's latest generation of smartwatches, featuring an always-on display, the S6 chip, an always-on altimeter, and blood oxygen monitoring.

The Apple Watch Series 6 lets you measure your blood oxygen level with a revolutionary new sensor and app. According to Apple, this new sensor comprises four LED clusters and four photodiodes built into its crystal back and informing a blood oxygen app to help determine the amount of oxygen in your blood. Once you’re wearing it, the Apple Watch 6 will regularly monitor your blood oxygen levels and your heart rate.

You can see your fitness metrics on the enhanced Always-On Retina display, now 2.5 times brighter outdoors when your wrist is down, set a bedtime routine and track your sleep, and reply to calls and messages directly from your wrist. It’s the ultimate device for a healthier, more active, more connected life.

SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE 2

This watch will compliment your busy lifestyle and is ready for all occasions, whether you're hitting the gym, meeting clients in the office, or heading out with friends.

With the Galaxy Watch Active 2, it's easy to keep track of your general wellness and take steps to improve it such as creating healthy habits with sleep tracking, and breathing exercises to help reduce stress.

The built-in monitor helps you to keep an eye on your blood pressure and heart rate, and together with fitness tracking that automatically recognizes when you're working out, you get a more complete picture of your health. You can also set daily goals to give you that extra motivation, and control your music and pair your Bluetooth wireless headphones, perfect when you're commuting.

GARMIN VENU 2S

A big improvement on the original, and a good all-round health and sports watch, the Venu 2S is ideal for anyone looking for an everyday watch that’s at home in the gym, the great outdoors, or the office.

The Venu 2S has two sizes, making it more unisex than its predecessor, and an updated heart rate monitor that’s at the center of improved sleep, stress and energy tracking. It also has a new focus on HIIT workouts.

Select HIIT from the list of sports and you can dive into an open workout, or choose a guided session. There are a handful on the watch, and loads to download from Garmin Connect, which in turn can be sent to the watch. Yoga and Pilates sessions can also be downloaded from Garmin Connect and are also guided.

FITBIT CHARGE 4

Sleek, swim-proof and feature-packed, the Fitbit Charge 4 helps you know your workouts and your body better. It boasts a GPS, Active Zone Minutes, updated exercise modes and sleep tracking. It's remarkable that Fitbit's trackers remain affordable, attractive, and comfortable, with an easy-to-use app and a huge, devoted community. The Charge 4 is the first Fitbit device with Active Zone Minutes, which measure how hard you worked during an activity based on your age and resting heart rate.

If you’re looking to level up your health and fitness, the Fitbit Charge 4 and its excellent companion app offer a wealth of insights that can help encourage you to get moving and improve your sleep.

The Charge 4 is the best Fitbit yet, with features normally seen only in much more expensive trackers.