It’s important for older people to remain as fit and active as possible, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and lower their chances of any long-term medical conditions. There are plenty of ways of staying active, but perhaps one of the easiest methods of doing so is by using fitness trackers.
Fitness trackers are perfect for monitoring your activity and achievements each day, and can be a great motivator. We’ve browsed the internet’s tech experts and put together a list of the top three fitness trackers available in 2018.
1. Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 Pro is one of the most modern-looking of all the fitness trackers on the market. It comes with a 1.5 inch AMOLED screen and includes several pre-installed fitness-centric apps such as MapMyRun and Speedo Go.
If you like to listen to music as you run then you’re in for a treat. The Fit 2 Pro can use Spotify’s offline mode, which means your fitness tracker can act as a standalone music player which will play music through to the wireless headphones. It connects to your mobile phone as well. Once connected, you’ll be able to send and receive texts, accept phone calls and control your music.
With average use you can expect your fitness tracker to last between two and three days before running out of battery, with charging lasting around 90 minutes. The device will also auto-detect several different workouts and is swimming friendly thanks to a Water Lock feature which turns of touch functionality on the screen.
2. TomTom Runner 3
Voted as the Independent’s Best Buy fitness tracker in 2017, the TomTom Runner 2 is one of the best looking devices on the market. Updates from the previous model include a compass and on-screen route tracker – just encase you get lost whilst on a run.
The Runner 3 comes with a silicone strap and can be bought in black with green highlights or pink with orange highlights. The device comes with a chunky control pad, designed to help you control your fitness tracker whilst you’re running. This TomTom device comes with a monochrome LCD screen with a front light, with a black background and white and grey font.
Top versions of the device include Bluetooth headphone and music storage capabilities, with the headphones coming in a neckband device. According to Techrader, the Runner 3 is water resistant to five atmospheres, meaning it can be used when you go swimming.
Fitness trackers are great for tracking your progress, on this device you can see calories, distance, heart rate, time and pace – just as a few examples. Depending on how you use your device, the TomTom Runner 3’s battery can last up to 11 hours.
3. Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit is the brand that you immediately think about when somebody mentions fitness trackers. There range of fitness trackers is huge but we’re going to suggest the model that was chosen by Techradar as the best Fitbit earlier this year.
The Charge 2 comes with a an OLED display which makes the information being delivered by the device easy to read, perfect if you struggle with your vision. Unlike previous Charge models, the Charge 2’s screen is also touchscreen.
The device will monitor your step count on a daily basis, setting a default goal of 10,000 steps each day. The device also has automatic multi-sport tracking so that you can track your progress in running, walking and weight training.
The Fitbit Charge 2 works as a standalone fitness tracker, but you’ll need to connect to your phone over Bluetooth to use GPS or receive notifications. According to Fitbit, the Charge 2’s battery will last up to five days and will recharge in under two hours.
There is plenty of customisation available too. You can have the rubber strap in light blue, dark blue, black or purple. If you’re looking to spend a little more on your device you can choose rose gold and gunmetal, or go for the real leather options.
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