The Best Fitness Trackers to Help You Achieve Your Fitness Resolutions

By Tom Pritchard on at

A brand new year is upon us, and with it comes everyone attempting their own personal New Year's resolutions. Lots of people tend to opt for the business of dieting or getting fit, and thankfully there is tech to help you out along the way. Particularly if physical fitness is your main end goal.

Here are a few options you should take a look at if you want some help keeping track of your progress.

Fitbit Charge HR, from £75

Fitness tracking isn't an exact science, but throwing a heart rate monitor into the mix helps the accuracy side of things. The Charge HR continually monitors your heart rate and your daily activity so you can keep track of what you've been up to. It also has caller ID, an exercise mode for recording workout sessions, and sleep tracking. There's even a watch in there for good measure. [Buy it here]

Misfit Shine, £53

A fairly minimalist tracker that functions also functions as a watch and lasts four months without running out of power. Making it perfect for people who don't want to have to deal with charging their gadgets up every few days. It measures steps, distance, calories, and is also water resistant up to 50 metres. [Buy it here]

Moov Now, from £59

Would you rather have a fitness device that's more actively involved in helping you make progress? Check out the Moov Now. Not only does it monitor your activity, the Moov Now also happens to be a dedicated fitness coach that talks through your workouts in real time. It's also waterproof, has a six month battery life, and tracks your activity and sleep like any other tracker. [Buy it here]

Jawbone UP3, £90

Jawbone describes the UP3 as the "world's most advanced activity tracker." It's debatable whether that's true, but it does have some great features. It's got more in depth sleep-tracking features that others, recognising when you fall asleep and what stage of the sleep cycle you're in. The UP3 is also able to learn and recognise your workouts for easier tracking, and includes personalised fitness and nutritional information to make achieving your goals that bit easier. [Buy it here]

Fitbit Zip, £49

Fitbit's budget offering looks like a plain old pedometer, but there's a bit more to it than that. The main feature is step counting which gets displayed on the front of the device, but it's also capable of tracking distance and calories like any good fitness tracker. [Buy it here]

Microsoft Band 2, £170

It's certainly not a cheap option, but the Microsoft Band does do its job well enough. Microsoft's newly updated Band tracks your heart rate, steps, calories, and sleep quality. It also packs a screen for SMS, calls, email, calendar alerts, and has a whole bunch of customisation options. [Buy it here]

Misfit Flash, £25

Misfit's budget offering, with the same fitness tracking capabilities and minimalist design. It's got a watch, tracks steps, distance, calories, and can even be used to control smarthome devices. It also has the added bonus of lasting 6 months before you need to swap out the battery. [Buy it here]

Xiaomi Mi, £13

A dirt cheap tracker with an incredibly minimalist design that still manages to pack in all the basics. It records your daily movement, how far you've walked, the calories you've burnt, and a vibrating alarm to gently wake you up in the morning. [Buy it here]

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