The worldwide pandemic has forced much of the world inside. Lockdowns have just hit the United Kingdom once more. Restaurants and pubs are closed. You must wear a mask everywhere you go. Routine tasks like going to work, shopping at the market, or going to the hairdresser have become complicated processes.
It also means getting to the gym or a fitness centre is nearly impossible. The lack of fitness centres poses a dangerous problem for those relying on exercise for emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. Maybe you’re a bit sad – even depressed. Perhaps the holiday season just wasn’t the same through the computer screen.
Maybe you’ve gained a bit of extra padding around the midsection, thighs, or arms. With the new lockdowns in place, you’re only supposed to be outside one hour per day. You better make that hour count.
The future of COVID-19 is continuously in flux, but the way your body reacts to movement is not. The body craves movement, needs movement. As a species, we were not meant to sit on the couch all day flipping through television channels every day for a year. We need action, exercise, and movement to remain sound in body and mind. Without it, the human body starts to deteriorate.
Luckily, the online marketplace Amazon has loads of smartwatches to aid you in your fitness journey. Never has counting steps been so much fun. It’s a great gift to buy for yourself if you neglected self-giving throughout the holidays, and also makes an excellent gift for that special someone in your life. Who said it needed to be near the holidays to dole out presents?
Here are 8 of the best fitness watches you can purchase today:
Fitbit Charge 4CHECK PRICE
Use this watch’s built-in GPS to track your distance and pace on the screen during your outdoor rides, hikes, and runs. This watch also shows you how intense your heart rate changes along your route for a clear picture of how you’re doing.
Set your target heart rate before you exercise and celebrate when you feel the buzz signalling you’ve made it. You can also set a steps goal every day to ensure that you are hitting your weight loss goals in no time.
Fitbit uses a Bluetooth connection and is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer and Android phones using 7.0 or newer. This watch also integrates seamlessly with Spotify for a musical experience while exercising. Cue up your favourite playlist, press play, and exercise. You’ll also be able to call and text through the smartphone app.
YAMAY Smart WatchCHECK PRICE
YAMAY automatically tracks your steps, calories, distance travelled, and heart rate. This watch comes with seven sports modes to help you track exercise patterns and connects with smartphone GPS to give you a visually-inspired exercise routine.
Sync the smartphone app with your watch and never miss a beat: You’ll be able to see missed calls, read texts and emails, and even receive notifications through your watch.
This fitness watch also detects sleep patterns and analyzes sleep quality. The number of hours you sleep per night directly relates to health, wellness, productivity, and motivation throughout your day and week. The watch also comes stocked with a music controller, deep breathing guide, sedentary reminder, stopwatch, timer, and alarm clock.
Fitbit Versa 2 Smart WatchCHECK PRICE
Premium watch with a slightly larger screen with now AMOLED display, which means wonderful sharp colours and brightness in the outdoors. Customize the screen to show the measurables you check most often.
You will find Fitbit Versa much snappier than any of its predecessors. The battery will last you 5 days and there are many features to enjoy.
Check all your fitness stats at a single glance with the all-day fitness tracking feature that shows minutes active, calories burned, steps taken, distance travelled, and weekly accumulative data.
This watch also comes stocked with sleep tracking software to ensure a better understanding of your sleep patterns, and what you can do differently to optimize rest.
The Fitbit Versa watch also includes 24/7 Heart Rate, Water resistance to 50m, App and Notifications, Music control, Amazon Alexa built-in. All to ensure you stay fit and in control of your health and wellness.
Willful Smart WatchCHECK PRICE
Perfectly compatible with Apple or Android smartphones, this watch has a powerful app that allows you to receive calendar, SMS, incoming call, Facebook, Whatsapp, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter notifications straight to your fitness watch. It’s one of the most socially-integrated watches on this list and punches above its weight in fitness features.
The Willful Smart Watch can track nine different activities (cycling, hiking, treadmill, yoga, walking, swimming, running, and more), and is entirely waterproof so you can go for a swim in the pool, or the ocean, without worrying about ruining it.
It will also track your heart rate in real-time so you can monitor your vitals whenever you would like. The Willful comes with a sleep tracker, sedentary reminder, music controller, and alarm clock.
SoundPEATS Smart WatchCHECK PRICE
This smartwatch touts its ability to last up to 10 days on a single charge and comes with all the bells and whistles you would look for in a workout partner, including real-time statistics and a live feed of your heart rate. Switch to a specific sport mode to monitor your favourite exercise activities such as hiking, biking, climbing, or running.
This smartwatch syncs up to all your favourite health and social apps. Use the alarm, sleep tracking, or timer mode to monitor your health and wellness. Connect your watch to your phone and take Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, and other social media platforms with you, wherever you go.
This watch is suitable for men and women alike, as it fits a variety of wrist sizes. The touchscreen itself is customizable, as users can pick between five different watch faces. It’s waterproof, too, so you don’t have to take it off in the shower, or when you go for a dip in the pool, lake, or ocean.
Garmin InstinctCHECK PRICE
From one of the pioneers of GPS technology, this watch from Garmin is built with durability in mind. Adhering to government and military standards, this watch was explicitly created for thermal, shock, and water resistance (up to 100 meters).
It comes with a built-in, three-axis compass and barometric altimeter. The Garmin is a rugged GPS watch built to withstand the harshest environments for down to the foot GPS accuracy. This helps support tracking in challenging terrains such as hiking, backcountry trekking, extreme cycling, and climbing.
This watch comes stacked with everything you need to track your fitness, and offers easy access to your heart rate, current activity level, and stress. You’ll be able to train with preloaded activity levels when you download the smartphone’s app.
Virmee VT3 Smart Watch
This watch has an incredibly vivid HD display and comes with a 1.5-inch touch screen. This watch is always on and tracks your health data round the clock. You’ll be able to monitor your real-time blood oxygen level, heart rate, step count, caloric intake, sleep health, and stress data at any time – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This watch has a jam-packed 18 sports modes, including scientific monitoring for swimming, running, skipping rope, basketball, football, tennis, sit-ups, yoga, and much more.
With the seamless integration to your smartphone via Bluetooth, you’ll be able to take your notifications with you, wherever you go.
This watch is compatible with all smartphones and has excellent battery life. It features a compass, alarm clock, timer, stopwatch, and even camera control.
Aikela Smart WatchCHECK PRICE
The Aikela has specifics in mind. Instead of focusing on every type of fitness monitoring, this watch focuses on certain features and does them well. It offers round-the-clock monitoring for three critical health indicators – heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels. By monitoring these vitals all the time, you’ll better understand your body and your physical fitness needs.
This smartwatch supports nine sports modes, including running, cycling, hiking, and more. It records your daily activities, such as active time, steps, sleep, and distance travelled. Connect your phone to your smartwatch and get all your emails, texts, and social media notifications delivered right to your wrist. With this watch, you’ll get 7-9 days of life on a single charge.