The fitness trackers Mumsnetters swear by
A fitness tracker is a great way to motivate yourself and get moving. Whether you’re a fitness newbie or you want to take your workout to the next level, read on for some of Mumsnetters' favourite fitness trackers for adults and kids
Fitbit Charge 2, from £102.48
The priciest, but also the most popular, fitness tracker on our Talk boards was undoubtedly the Fitbit Charge 2. The Charge 2 is decked out with a plethora of features, ranging from a heart rate monitor to a GPS, that allow you to see real-time stats as well as your location when in unfamiliar terrain. Multi-sport mode ensures the Fitbit can tailor its tracking based on whether you’re lifting weights or reaching for your yoga mat (or running away from both). If you’re more about inner peace than indoor sprints, you can use the Charge 2’s guided breathing sessions to wind down after a hectic day. Plus, its in-depth sleep tracker will let you know if you're getting enough REM sleep (though if you're a parent of young kids you probably already know the answer to that one…). If the classic Charge 2 doesn't fit with your signature style, you can always personalise it with accessories like stylish sport and leather bands.
“I've just got the Fitbit Charge 2 and I'm really pleased with it, much nicer looking than the Charge HR and the notifications are great.”
“I also have a Fitbit Charge 2 which I highly recommend. It keeps me very motivated and is easy for even a technophobe like me to set up/use!”Buy it now from Amazon
Garmin Vivosport, £130.25
One of three Garmins on this list, the Vivosport is a particularly popular model with some pretty special features for fitness fanatics. The Vivosport can calculate your VO2 max (essentially the maximum volume of oxygen your body can take in at a given moment) as well as your fitness age to give you up-to-date analysis on your progress. Plus, with an impressive stress-tracking feature you can identify what’s got you biting your nails and nip it in the bud. With a Vivosport you’ll have access to Garmin’s online community where you can share goals or compete with others. On top of this, you get the more standard tracking information like calories burned, distance travelled and sleep tracking, for a holistic understanding of your body over the course of the day.
“One great feature is the activity minutes that it calculates – it's a big incentive to walk faster or start jogging. The higher intensity minutes (i.e. higher heart rate) count double towards your 150 a week. It has got me running again.”
“I love my Garmin Vivosport, it does everything you could ask for.”Buy it now from Amazon
Garmin Forerunner 35, £109
In the same price range as the Garmin Vivosport, the Forerunner 35 has a slightly different set of features, designed specifically with runners in mind. It allows you to track your heart rate and see which heart rate zone you’re in during your workout, with different activity and sport profiles based on whether you’re out for a run, on a bike or just lounging around. The GPS feature allows you to check your distance travelled, time taken and pace so that you can push yourself to hit a new personal best. With music control and regular reminders to keep moving, the Forerunner 35 is a great accompaniment to your work day as well as your weekend runs.
“The battery life is brilliant (usually around eight or nine days) and it's quick to charge when needed. The screen is bigger than my Fitbit was (but I have small wrists and it doesn't look too big at all) and it's also really comfortable. It's also a nice looking device and I like that I can have my watch face in analogue because I hate digital watches.”Buy it now from Amazon
Bellabeat Leaf, £79
The first of its kind, the Bellabeat Leaf is a fitness tracker made specifically with women’s health in mind. Track your steps, your sleep, your menstrual cycle and your stress levels to get a cohesive look at how you’re doing physically and emotionally on a day-to-day basis. Plus, the Leaf comes with a guided breathing activity that you can follow to unwind after a rough day (or after reading a particularly infuriating AIBU thread). A gentle alarm makes waking up as peaceful as it can be, and, once you’re up, the Leaf can remind you to stay active if you so wish. Mumsnetters love the Bellabeat for its sleek design – you can wear it as an elegant necklace or bracelet, or simply clip it on somewhere out of the way.
“Bellabeat is just so pretty! I ordered one for myself for Christmas.”
“I much prefer it – it's versatile and seems to do more than Fitbit.”Buy it now from Amazon
Best fitness trackers for kids
Fitbit Ace, £79.99
If your little (or slightly bigger) ones love running around and playing sports, or if you'd like to encourage them to get stuck in, then the Fitbit Ace can prove a fun and practical accessory. It also helps when it comes to setting goals or dishing out chores, with the ability to reward your kids with fun virtual badges every time they complete a task or hit a goal; preventing chores from being – ahem – a chore, and instead turning them into a healthy competition to see who collects the most badges. With a showerproof and practical one-size-fits-all design, you shouldn’t have trouble making the Fitbit Ace last. The Fitbit app has a parental section which gives you the option to track all the stats and activities the Ace records. Plus, a healthy battery life of five days means your child won't have to remember to plug it in every night (because, let's face it, they won't).
“We've just got our child the new Fitbit Ace, designed for children, and he is really pleased with it.”
“My son (8) just got a Fitbit Ace. He wanted to be able to compete with other family members who have Fitbits. He is very skinny and the small Fitbit bracelet for the Ace is fine.”Buy it now from Amazon
Garmin Vivofit Junior, £49.99
If the Fitbit Ace didn’t quite tick all the boxes when it comes to a fitness tracker for the kids, maybe the Vivofit Jr. is what you’re looking for. An ingenious rewards system allows you to award coins to your kids from your app for completing tasks or goals; they can then use the coins for treats that you’ve agreed on, for example, extra screen time. There's also a task timer which makes helping around the house (sort of) like a game. Kids can also track their steps and sleep — hopefully encouraging active days and early nights. An astonishing one year battery life and a choice of fun colours and designs make it the perfect choice for younger kids.
“They are really good and have a great app too. My nine-year-old daughter loves hers.”
“Mine had the Garmin vivofit junior as a birthday present and is getting along great guns with it. I like that you can add chores and they get prizes for completing things. They come in loads of designs & with a stretchy band as well.”Buy it now from Amazon
Best waterproof fitness trackers
Withings Activité Steel, £69.99
The Withings Activité Steel is the fitness tracker of choice for anyone who doesn't want to look like they're wearing a fitness tracker. It comes with a wide variety of features, ranging from sleep tracking and activity recognition to automatic syncing, making it a top-of-the-game tracker that can keep up with Fitbit and Garmin. There’s no need to switch from one mode to another as you go through your day — the Steel can tell when you’re sleeping, swimming or just at work, leaving you free to concentrate on what you’re doing. What truly sets this tracker apart is a sleek and attractive stainless steel design that makes it look just like a regular, rather chic, watch.
“Another vote for Withings Activité Steel – I've had a few compliments since I started wearing mine this week.”Buy it now from Amazon
Swimovate Poolmate Plus, £70.15
The Swimovate Poolmate Plus (as the name suggests) is for those who prefer the pool to the park, and is the perfect tracker to accompany an open water swim or a few laps indoors. It recognises all of the most common swimming strokes, and will store your efficiency, strokes, times, laps and more for up to 50 sessions at a time. Plus, you can sync all this data to your phone or PC to keep tabs on your progress. A staggering battery life of 24 months will give you plenty of time to perfect your front crawl.
“Their customer service is really good too. Data from the watch can be downloaded onto your computer and/or on their online system so you can see if you’re improving.”Buy it now from Amazon
Best budget fitness trackers
Mi Band, £20
If some of the more premium prices on this list have got you feeling sweaty (and not because you’ve been hitting the gym), you’ll be pleased to know that there are some much more budget-friendly options out there, too. The Mi Band has all the standard tracking features like steps, distance and calories burned, as well as a 30-day battery life and missed call alerts. The Mi renowned for its ultra-comfy, hypoallergenic and anti-UV band, which means you won't even notice it’s there while you're busy getting on with the important stuff. If you’re willing to pay a little more, this tracker's big brother, the Mi Band 3, will offer you even more bang for your buck.
“I have a cheap Mi Band that was given to me when its owner bought a Fitbit. I'm really impressed with it – even better, there are attachments on Amazon that turn it into a necklace.”Buy it now from Amazon
Letscom Fitness Tracker, £16.99
Another budget option, the Letscom is an absolute steal. With a battery life of five to seven days, you can make the most of the Letscom’s all-day distance, calories burned and active minutes tracker. Along with handy reminders to stay active and notifications from your phone apps to your tracker, you can also view text messages and any incoming calls to make sure you’re in the loop on what’s happening at home. Plus, if you ever lose your phone down the back of a sofa
or your toddler has run away with it, you can find it again using the Letscom’s nifty bluetooth feature.
“It fits a small wrist, charges easily and holds charge well – I'd recommend it.”
“My kids (six and nine) have the Letscom ones.”Buy now from Amazon
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