Achieve your 2021 fitness goals with the best wearable tech on the market


STILL going with those New Year resolutions? Good for you.

But if you are flagging, get help with some new tech.

Reach your fitness goals with the best wearable tech

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Reach your fitness goals with the best wearable techCredit: Getty Images – Getty

I have put the latest wearable gadgets through their paces – sometimes literally – for you.

Apple Watch Series 6

THE latest and best yet.

The Stand ring shows if you’ve got up from your desk every hour, the Exercise ring helps you rack up 30 minutes of brisk activity, and the Move ring counts your calories.

The Exercise ring helps you rack up 30 minutes of brisk activity

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The Exercise ring helps you rack up 30 minutes of brisk activity

Comes with heart rate monitoring, ECG tests capabilities and blood oxygen level measurements. Needs an iPhone.

  • Apple Watch Series 6, from £379, apple.com/uk – buy now

Apple Watch SE

IF your budget is a bit tighter then the SE may be for you.

It may lack some of the more advanced health metrics of the Series 6, such as the heart monitoring – but you can save £100.

If you fall down hard the watch can call the emergency services

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If you fall down hard the watch can call the emergency services

And it has most features, like sleep tracking and fall detection – which means if you fall down hard the watch can call the emergency services.

  • Apple Watch SE, from £269, apple.com/uk – buy now

Fitbit

BEST smartwatch for Android.

Known for its accurate counting of steps and calories, it also has the best sleep tracking.

This watch has the best sleep tracking

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This watch has the best sleep tracking

Measures everything from circuit training to pilates.

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Includes continuous heart tracking, ECG and stress monitoring. The latter tracks skin temperature to spot when you’re stressed – and offers a meditation session.

  • Fitbit Sense, £299.99, fitbit.com – buy now

Withings ScanWatch

IF you prefer your smartwatch to look like a regular watch, the excellent ScanWatch is for you.

It has real hands and a smaller dial to count steps.

It has real hands and a smaller dial to count steps

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It has real hands and a smaller dial to count steps

A circular screen is used for advanced metrics like ECG and blood oxygen – just press the dial and touch the display to watch your heart rhythm, saved to an app. Very classy.

  • Withings ScanWatch, from £208, withings.com – buy now

Huawei Watch Fit

WANT something a bit simpler? Huawei’s cute, affordable tracker will monitor your activity across 96 workout modes. And yet it is light, slim and fun to use.

Five minutes on the charger gives almost a day’s usage

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Five minutes on the charger gives almost a day’s usage

What’s more it recharges fast – five minutes on the charger gives almost a day’s usage.

  • Huawei Watch Fit, £99.99, argos.co.uk – buy now

Fitbit Inspire 2

FITBIT offers a range of effective trackers, including this attractive one.

Though small, the battery lasts up to ten days and it can track more than 20 exercises, plus sleep.

This piece of tech tracks skin temperature to spot when you’re stressed – and offers a meditation session

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This piece of tech tracks skin temperature to spot when you’re stressed – and offers a meditation session

It also offers a neat guided breathing feature, personalised to your heart rate.

This is a superbly lightweight device, so you barely know it’s there.

  • Fitbit Inspire 2, £89.99, fitbit.com – buy now
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Oppo Watch

IF you like the look of the Apple Watch but your phone is an Android, this is similar, though with a button instead of Apple’s digital crown.

Battery life is 24 hours

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Battery life is 24 hours

The software isn’t as advanced but there are workouts such as Morning Energiser and Bedtime Stretches.

Battery life is 24 hours, the same as Apple Watch, but lasts much longer in power-saving mode.

  • Oppo Watch, from £229, Amazon – buy now

Echelon Connect

HALF the price of a rival Peloton, but just as good.

The key difference is you link to a tablet or phone for group workouts. Peloton has it built in.

Link to a tablet or phone for group workouts

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Link to a tablet or phone for group workouts

Challenge others with the app, which also offers classes beyond cycling, too

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