We live in a modern world, technology creeps its way into our even most ordinary daily activities, including fitness. Tracking your fitness journey is more than easy with all the different gadgets available in the market, encouraging the population to compete against each other on daily steps taken, weekly challenges, resting heart rate, and keeping a tap on personal fitness progressions.
The huge variety of brands and models available make it hard for an individual to choose, comparing brands and models and deciding on a purchase can take a while before you find just the right gadget for yourself. We have picked from the recent releases and all-time favourite small personal fitness tracking gadgets on the market to show you some of the available options from a variety of brands.
The Moov Now
The probably smallest of them all, the Moov Now tracker, although released in 2015, is one of the most surprising and affordable devices out there. It provides you with all the basic and reliable activity tracking, is waterproof, had GPS function when connected with your phone (iOS or Android) and has a battery life of up to 6 months! In world where majority of us doesn’t leave the house in the morning without a phone charger on us, having a device that lasts that long without charging is unheard of. However, if you are looking for a tracker that can be used as a watch, this one won’t be for you. It also lacks a heart rate monitoring function.
The FitBit Charge 2
The FitBit Charge 2 is another rather small but comfortable fitness tracking device. One of the newer additions to the FitBit brand offers a screen, heart rate and activity tracking, GPS though phone (compatible with iOS, Android, Windows), and battery life of 4 days. This device is unfortunately not waterproof, therefore not available for swimming. It also offers interchangeable straps so that you can pair it with any outfit. The phone app is easy to navigate, showing you your daily progress, sleep statistics, heart rate, activity level and acts as a hub to communicate with your friends and join communities. Another drawback of this device is the screen notification are very limited.
The Garmin Vivofit 4
The Garming Vivofit 4 is a very well performing newcomer into the Garmin family. It has a (small) coloured screen, activity tracking, and the best feature of 1-year battery life. A device you can wear 24/7 and not worry about running out of juice and losing your steps. The watch is water resistant and compatible with iOS and Android. However, it does not contain a heart rate monitor, GPS tracking, and does not support phone notifications. This affordable tracker will give you the statistics you are looking for within an app that is installed onto your phone.
The Huawei Band 2 Pro
Huawei Band 2 Pro is another small fitness tracker with a screen and displays the most relevant statistics. This tracker is waterproof, monitors your heart rate and sleep, has GPS, and even tracks your swimming activity (which many of the above devices don’t do). It is affordable and simple enough to use, compatible with iOS and Android, and has a battery life of up to 3 weeks. One feature we like is the breathing coach, that aims for you to improve your mindfulness and relaxation by guiding you through a breathing activity from your wrist.
The Xiao Mi Band 2
Xiao Mi Band 2 is a second and improved fitness tracker from the Chinese tech Xiao Mi. It offers the standard fitness tracker features including step count, calories burned, distance, and heart rate monitoring. It stands out in the market by being available at a very affordable price, undercutting many of its competitors. The tracker comes in a rubber strap and the device feels safely positioned and held in it, unfortunately the only official colour supplied is black, but you can find third party sellers that offer other strap colours. One great feature is the on-screen button which is used to wake the tracker up, instead of having to wave your wrist around in the hope of the tracker registering the movement. Xiao Mi runs on both Android and iOS.
Whichever brand or model you choose make sure you know what features you are looking for to have within the tracker. You want to be looking for specific requirements, such as waterproofing, heart rate monitoring, compatibility with your phone, battery life or any other must have features you need to ensure you end up buying the right tracker for you.