There was a time when monitoring your fitness, sleep, stress levels, blood oxygen saturation and heart rate required a visit to a clinic or strapping a rather cumbersome device to your chest. Now, thanks to the wearable technology revolution, all this and more can be recorded and accessed from your wrist and a connected app, delivering a snapshot of your health and wellbeing and highlighting any problem areas that will benefit from improvement.
Fitbit is one of the leaders in wearable tech with a range of comfortable, affordable and versatile fitness trackers for all types of activities; it’s simply a case of selecting the one that best suits your needs.
FITBIT VERSA 3
Packed with fitness monitoring options, built-in GPS, Alexa and Google Assistant, the Versa 3 is an affordable entry-level tracker with essential smartwatch features. With a focus on fitness, the Versa 3 measures all-day activity and heart rate and motivates you to take your workout to the next level with Active Zone Minutes, which uses your resting heart rate to track time spent in target heart rate zones while exercising. Moreover, an in-app Workout Intensity Map will record your heart rate zones and pinpoint the ones of greatest exertion. It also boasts advanced sleep monitoring – incorporating an SpO2 sensor that measures blood oxygen levels during sleep cycles – and will score you on the quality of your kip. The square, 40mm AMOLED touchscreen is always-on and bright for quick checks while on the run, and the reliable battery is good for three days of maximum use and connectivity, and up to six days with moderate use.
The newest addition to the Fitbit range combines fashion and fitness into a slim, lightweight wearable that includes advanced features previously only available on Fitbit smartwatches, as well as Fitbit’s first colour AMOLED display. With a focus on holistic health and wellbeing, the Luxe offers a variety of in-app stress management tools including sleep monitoring to keep tabs on your shut-eye, nightly heart rate and breathing variability. And when it comes to hitting the track, the Luxe is designed for all-day activity tracking like step counts, real-time pace and distance, calories burned, oxygen saturation and 24/7 heart rate monitoring. There are over 20 exercise modes to choose from, and Fitbit’s SmartTrack feature automatically recognises and records your workout routines and metrics. The Luxe has Google Fast Pair for Android devices and up to five-day battery life, and is available in three colours – Soft Gold, Platinum and Graphite – so it looks as good as you’ll feel.
FITBIT ACE 3
For the little ones in your life, this kids’ activity tracker provides a great incentive for children to get out and get active, while sporting a cool-looking watch to boot. With a streamlined face and touchscreen atop a comfy silicon band, this activity tracker is good for counting laps of the playground or pool, monitoring sleep duration, and setting those all-important bedtime reminders and alarms. Parents can set up a family account using the Fitbit app that will let them keep an eye on their child’s activity, or add a competitive edge with fun step challenges. And if your child has a phone, call notifications can be received on the wrist if the device is nearby. Ideal for children aged six and up, the name says it all – this Fitbit is ace!
Those flashing LEDS under the watch face detect blood volume changes in the capillaries in your wrist to calculate beats per minute (BPM). Target heart rate zones are calculated according to the maximum number of times your heart can safely beat in one minute. To estimate your maximum heart rate, simply subtract your age from 220.
According to your max heart rate, Fitbit trackers monitor activity in three target zones of intensity:
80–100 per cent of maximum heart rate (for increased performance speed)
70–84 per cent (for building muscle strength and cardio fitness)
FAT BURN: Moderate
50–69 per cent (for increased aerobic endurance)