When it comes to fitness trackers, the choice of wearables has never been better. But, with so many to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? We put Dean Evans, technology journalist, through his paces to find out…

With the latest smartwatches giving you the ability to track heart rate, steps, sleep quality and so much more, it’s no surprise that wearable tech is tipped to be the top health trend for 2020. According to Statista, 6.6 million of us already wear a smartwatch or fitness band, with this figure predicted to rise to 7.1 million by 2023.

If you’re looking to join the wearables revolution or simply want to upgrade your current smartwatch, Vitality offers member discounts on the latest models, including the Garmin Venu; Polar Ignite; Apple Watch Series 5 and Withings Steel HR.

To find out more, we dig a bit deeper into their health and fitness features.

Garmin Venu

Garmin Venu

Top features: This slimline, round-faced beauty is designed to give you a full picture of your health, so features Pulse Ox sensor (to gauge blood oxygen saturation), heart rate monitoring, respiration tracking and advanced sleep monitoring, plus it gives you the chance to track how much water you are drinking.

When it comes to tracking activity, the Venu enables you to track 20 different activities, plus your standard steps. And, if you’re training for a 5k, 10k or half marathon, the Venu offers coaching on your wrist. For those wanting extra everyday tech, the Venu also boasts a colour display, phone call management, contactless payment and music playback.

Battery life: Up to five days on a full charge

Who is it for? Super sporty types

Polar Ignite

Polar Ignite

Top features: The Polar Ignite is another streamlined and stylish waterproof that offers all the classic features you expect – daily activity tracking (using built-in GPS technology), steps and calories burned.

Where it stands out as different, however, is that its features are all focused on helping you get fitter or healthier. The built-in sleep tracking, for example, will suggest how you can get a better night’s rest, the heart rate tracking keeps a digital eye on your overall health, and there are adaptaive training recommendations to help you progress your fitness.

Special mentions go to the on-demand workouts (shown on the colour touchscreen) and the ‘Serene’ breathing exercises, designed to relax your body and calm your mind.

Battery life: Up to five days on a full charge

Who is it for? Someone who wants a training partner

 

Apple Watch Series 5*

Apple Watch Series 5

Top features: When it comes to stylish, sleek and fully-featured, few smartwatches can outdo Apple Watch. The Series 5 model incorporates a range of features from step counting to heart rate tracking, and the seamless syncing to hundreds of apps means that you can add built-in workouts, music playback and contactless payments (via Apple Pay).

Run with it, cycle with it and swim with it, this is one of the most powerful smartwatches available.

Battery life: Up to 18 hours on a full charge

Who is it for? Apple fans and iPhone owners

*Only available to Health members. Selected straps and colours apply.

Withings Steel HR

Withings Steel HR

Top features: The Withings Steel HR is another beautiful timepiece, but it’s not like the other smartwatches here. Crucially, it shuns a big touchscreen for a classic analogue watchface, with a smaller digital display showing activity metrics.

Despite its refined looks, it doesn’t skimp on core features, squeezing in heart rate monitoring, activity tracking (including steps, calories, distance and swimming) plus sleep monitoring.

While it might lack the more advanced functionality that other watches wow you with, it makes up for it with a battery life that’s almost five times greater than the Venu and Ignite and a timeless styling that means you’d be happy to wear this pretty much anywhere.

It will last: Up to 25 days on a full charge

Who is it for? Style conscious everyday health enthusiasts

 

Wondering which one might be the perfect fit for you? Explore Vitality’s activity tracker discounts. If you’re an existing member, simply log in to Member Zone to check out the discounts available with your plan.

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