Instead of stepping onto the weighing machine with trepidation every few weeks, it’s so much easier to track your fitness progress with a fitness or step tracker strapped to your wrist.
These days, there’s a whole host of fitness trackers that you can use to track your heart rate, sleeping patterns, how many steps you take per day and so on, all with a view to helping you improve your fitness.
Top 9 fitness trackers in Singapore
|HPB step tracker||Free|
|Xiaomi Mi Band 3||$42|
|Fitbit Flex 2||$88|
|Garmin VivoSmart HR||$230|
|Fitbit Charge 2||$250|
|Samsung Gear S3||$328|
|Garmin Forerunner 235||$386|
HPB step tracker (Free)
Does the acronym HPB sound suspiciously like Singapore’s Health Promotion Board? Well, it is. No, your eyes are not deceiving you, you can get a free fitness tracker from the government if you participate in HPB’s National Steps Challenge.
Download the HPB Healthy 365 app to your smartphone, using the app to join the National Steps Challenge. Link the app to your fitness tracking device (a smartphone that can measure your steps will suffice if you don’t have a fitness tracker) and earn points based on how many steps you take per day. These points can then be exchanged for vouchers.
You can then collect a free HPB step tracker, which is a very basic fitness tracker that can also monitor your heart rate. Pick up your free HPB steps tracker at Singpost outlets after making an appointment or at National Steps Challenge roadshows. If you participated in Season 3, you can also make an appointment to pick up your new steps tracker at various malls.
Do note that the HPB step tracker is only free to collect for members of the public 17 years old and above with a valid NRIC or FIN number.
Xiaomi Mi Band 3 ($42)
Once again, Xiaomi astounds by selling good-looking electronics at crazy low prices. The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is no different.
It’s a waterproof, lightweight fitness tracker with basic features like step-tracking and heart rate measurement. The battery life is also great and it can stay charged for several days. Don’t expect more advanced features like GPS tracking, however.
If you’re looking for a basic fitness tracker at a low price, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is definitely one to consider for its low price. As there have been complaints that the heart rate tracker doesn’t work that well, it is recommended for those who aren’t hardcore athletes and mainly want to use a fitness tracker to become more active.
Fitbit Flex 2 ($88)
Fitbit Flex is another popular model, mainly because of its wallet-friendliness. It’s a basic, uncomplicated fitness tracker that is easy to use and also waterproof so you can wear it while swimming.
The Fitbit Flex is ultra lightweight so you won’t feel like you’re dragging a ball and chain around on your wrist. The battery life isn’t the best, but if you’re just looking for an uncomplicated, inexpensive fitness/step tracker to log your runs, walks and swims, it does the job well.
Fitbit Blaze ($230)
Fitbit Blaze is a smartwatch-fitness tracker hybrid that not only looks snappy on wrists in an Apple Watch kind of way, but also has some basic fitness tracking capabilities. It was also the first Fitbit product to receive a colour display.
That being said, the Fitbit Blaze definitely lacks the advanced features you’ll see in the Charge 2. Sure, it can track basic forms of exercise like running and cycling and also has a timer, but there’s nothing groundbreaking here.
If you’re after a smartwatch, this is one product you can consider, but not if you’re looking for advanced fitness tracking features.
Garmin VivoSmart HR ($230)
The VivoSmart HR is one of Garmin’s more basic models, but it has a decent number of options.
While it lacks super advanced features, it has a solid selection of the basic functions, including heart rate monitoring, distance travelled, calories burned, steps taken and so on. One flaw is the lack of a GPS, but if you’re just using the watch to monitor your fitness it’s not essential.
Fitbit Charge 2 ($250)
Fitbit is to fitness trackers what Google is to search engines. There are several Fitbit models to choose from, but the Fitbit Charge 2 is one of the more popular ones thanks to the wealth of fitness feature’s it’s got.
Other than the usual daily step count and heart rate, Fitbit Charge 2 can track your performance in a number of sports, including walking, cycling and weight-lifting. It can also help in interval training by indicating when to begin and end a particular exercise. Finally, by reading your heartbeat, the Fitbit Charge 2 can also measure your heart health.
Samsung Gear S3 ($328)
The Samsung Gear S3 is undeniably one of the most handsome smartwatches out there. It is, however, on the large side, so take note if you have dainty wrists.
It is basically Samsung’s answer to the Apple Watch, and is quite feature-rich, with heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, GPS and an altimeter. You can also sync it with your smartphone, although you should be prepared to download a bunch of Samsung apps if you want to do that.
Garmin Forerunner 235 ($386)
The Garmin Forerunner 235 is a solid fitness tracker that’s packed with features, and compared to some of the other models out there, it’s not even that expensive (everything is relative though).
With a nice round colour screen, it’s definitely one of the better looking fitness/ step trackers out there. It can track your heart rate 24/7, which is great if you need to monitor your health. It can also track running, indoor running and cycling. And thanks to GPS, it can monitor distance and speed as well.
Apple watch ($599)
Like most Apple products, expect to pay a premium for the features. If you’re okay with that, the Apple Watch is one of the best smart watches on the market with a battery life of a respectable 18 hours.
The Apple Watch also has fitness tracking capabilities, which include the ability to detect and record steps taken, calories burned and distance travelled. It can also track workouts including running, walking and cycling. If you’ve got an iPhone, you can sync your Apple Watch with it to check your data.
Best fitness tracker for running
The Garmin Forerunner 235 is about as complete a fitness tracker as a runner could ask for. The device can track your activity, measure your heart rate and also offer information on distance and speed thanks to its GPS function, all while looking great on your wrist.
Best waterproof fitness tracker for swimming
The Fitbit Flex 2 is an affordable waterproof fitness tracker that can be used in the pool. It is able to automatically detect swimming and measure the number of laps you’ve done, which is enough for most casual swimmers. As an added bonus, your wrist won’t have to struggle under the weight of a heavy device since it’s super lightweight.
What is your favourite fitness tracker? Share your recommendations in the comments!
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