Top-rated fitness trackers to help you reach your goals

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The best fitness trackers to help you reach your goals [Photo: Getty]
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We don't really agree with the "new year, new you" mottos that are rolled out around this time of year, but we do know that we're keen to feel a little healthier after the onslaught of Christmas. 

Whether you’re a fan of jogging, swimming or an energetic boxing session, there’s no doubt that working out has major benefits for our health, our body and our mood.

Just how much of a difference it makes, or how effective our workouts are though, isn’t always measurable - unless, of course, you have a fitness tracker.

These smart gadgets used to only belong on the wrists of athletes, but now anyone can use them to keep track of exactly what’s going on when we exercise.

Whether you’re working towards a specific goal, wanting to make the most of a workout or keen to use it to make adjustments to your exercise regime, a fitness tracker is a brilliant and easy way of staying informed and motivated.

The problem is, with so many out there, which one do you choose?

Well, we’ve handpicked the best selection of top-rated fitness tracking watches at the moment. Whatever your budget or your bigger goals, you’ll find one to fit your lifestyle here.

The best fitness trackers for any budget

Fitness Watch | £19.99 from Aldi 

With up 10 days of battery life, this £19.99 watch from Aldi is packed with tonnes of features, from monitoring your heart rate to messaging notifications. 

It also features a flexible wristband and is both dust and water resistant.

Fitbit Inspire 2 | £89.99 from John Lewis 

Fitbit Inspire Health and Fitness Tracker
Fitbit Inspire Health and Fitness Tracker

Want some extra fitness motivation but don’t want to spend a fortune? The Fitbit Inspire 2 Health and Fitness Tracker is probably the one for you. 

As the name suggests, the watch is designed to motivate you to hit your weight and fitness goals. It can last up to five days, is water-resistant up to 50m and can also receive calls, texts and social media updates. 

Garmin Vivofit 4 Fitness Band | £69.99 from Currys

Garmin Vivofit 4 Fitness Band
Garmin Vivofit 4 Fitness Band

With a battery life of 1+ year and an always-on colour display, the Garmin Vivofit 4 Fitness Band is ready to work out when you are (and probably when you aren’t too!). You can track your steps, your distance as well as calories burned or how much sleep you’ve had. The screen is much smaller than others on this list but it delivers key information simply and can be supplemented using the app.

Huawei Band 3 Pro | £34.17 from Amazon

Huawei Band 3 Pro
Huawei Band 3 Pro

Huawei are known for their state-of-the-art technology, which is why we’re so pleasantly surprised that this fitness tracker comes in at under £50. With a precision heart rate monitoring system, an easy-to-read screen and up to 12 days of battery life, this is certainly a fitness tracker that will keep powering through as you do.

Honor Band 5 Fitness Tracker | £29.99 from Argos

Honor Band 5 Fitness Tracker
Honor Band 5 Fitness Tracker

If you’re looking for something budget-friendly, this Honour Band is your best bet. For only £29.99 the smart watch has all the usual features, from a colour touchscreen, to multiple sports modes. It also has eight customised watch faces and the latest Huawei heart rate technology. 

Fitbit Versa 2 | £109 from Amazon 

Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit Versa 2

Perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing on the list, this Fitbit fitness tracker is more than just a pretty (clock) face. It boasts a built-in Alexa, smartphone notifications, music, exercise programmes and a six-day battery life. In short, it’s a personal trainer on your wrist - it just can’t shout at you if you skip your burpees.

Fitbit Charge 3 Advanced Fitness Tracker | £163.99 from Amazon

Fitbit Charge 3 Advanced Fitness Tracker
Fitbit Charge 3 Advanced Fitness Tracker

The display is bigger and clearer than a lot of other fitness trackers on this list, and while there is no GPS there is a full fitness suite including a heart rate tracker. It’s lightweight on your wrist, looks slick and is a lot more affordable than other Fitbit models.

Samsung Galaxy 46mm Smart Watch | £279 from Argos 

Samsung Galaxy 46mm Smart Watch
Samsung Galaxy 46mm Smart Watch

If you’re not a fan of the touchscreen aesthetic and want something that looks more traditional, take a look a this Samsung design. The watch can track up to 40 different exercises, as well as your heart rate, health stats, nutritional goals and the calories. It also has built-in GPS, so you can follow your route on a run. 

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