Today, when most of us have sedentary lifestyles that pose serious health risks, fitting exercise into our daily routine is more important than ever. However, focusing on fitness with all the demands on our time isn’t easy. Here’s where step-watches come in. They track our activity and monitor how we’re doing on the fitness front, helping us take concrete steps to attain our fitness goals.
How to decide on a stopwatch
Step watches can monitor numerous aspects such as your daily step count, sleep quality, heart rate and activity levels. Make your pick based on the purpose you wish to use it for, whether you want some casual step counting or a detailed breakdown of a workout.
Even with this guideline, the sheer variety on offer makes choosing a tough task. To help you out, here is a list of the top 5 step watches of 2018.
If you’re looking for a device high on accuracy and low on bulk, the Alta, FitBit’s most stylish offering, with the newly added feature of a heart-rate monitor, is just what you want! Good battery life (one week), and smarter sleep-tracking features add to its appeal. However, Alta has no GPS and isn’t waterproof.
USP- Best battery life
In addition to standard fitness tracking features, the Vivosmart3 has a heart-rate monitor, VO2 Max testing (for Crossfit training), automatic exercise detection, and rep counting for gym exercises, making it a great choice for serious athletes.
An amazing battery life of a year and an excellent user-interface make it one of the most user-friendly options. However, it too lacks GPS.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
USP- Best budget buy
If you’re more into features than design, this is a great budget buy. Just slightly more expensive than a plain pedometer, it still manages to offer heart-rate monitoring and sleep tracking, in addition to the regular steps, distance and calorie count. It also has an excellent battery life of 20 days. The user interface isn’t flawless and accuracy may falter at times, but overall, this tracker offers great value for money.
USP- Ideal for serious athletic training
Another great budget step watch, Moov Now can measure a large variety of movements and can track everything from running to swimming, and cycle to boxing with extremely high accuracy. It also monitors sleep and has a great six-month battery life.
However, it lacks heart-rate tracking and GPS and being purely about fitness, it’s not a wristwatch replacement.
Fitbit Charge 2
USP- Great blend of the form (design) and function
In addition to providing standard tracking features, this advanced tracker accurately supports multiple sports modes such as running, weight-training and cycling. The water-diary that monitors hydration is a great added feature. Smartphone notifications are also available. The battery lasts for around five days. The navigation is slightly tricky, but with a heart-rate monitor and access to GPS on connecting it with a smartphone, this step watch is pretty much packed with features.
So, now that you know what to watch out for, grab the one of your choice and kickstart your journey towards a fitter version of you.