Fitness band or sports watch - which is right for me?
Wearable tech is a great way to keep on track of your health and fitness – but how do you know which device is right for you?
Want to get fit with the help of wearable tech? Fitness gadgets are a great way to stay on top of your health. The main types are sports watches and fitness bands.
A fitness band is a great tool to improve your everyday health. It monitors your daily activity – from steps taken and stairs climbed, to the quality of your sleep.
If you’re a more serious runner or cyclist, a sports watch can help you get the best results by giving you more detailed stats on your performance.
So which is right for you? We explain the main features of each...
Lightweight, comfortable and stylish, fitness bands are designed to be worn all day. Many can be worn at night while you sleep too. Count how many steps you take, calories burned and distance covered every day – and see your stats at a glance on the watch face.
For a more detailed picture of your daily, weekly and monthly activity, connect it with an app on your smartphone to see graphs charting your progress over time.
What can I do with a fitness band?
- Motivate yourself to exercise by setting goals to increase your daily activity – for instance taking more steps each day or covering a greater distance
- Improve the quality and amount of sleep you get – fitness bands can analyse your sleeping pattern and suggest how to improve it
- Improve your diet by tracking your calorie consumption
Fitbit Charge 2
Stay on top of your everyday health with the Fitbit Charge 2 fitness band. With it, you can monitor your activity from the minute you wake up through to how well you’re sleeping at night.
It can also map your pace and distance on a run by connecting with your phone’s GPS tracking. Its not just steps, though. The Fitbit Charge 2 can log a range of activities – from weights to yoga, giving you more accurate measurements. Keep track of your resting heart rate with the built-in heart rate monitor – or get real-time stats on when to up the intensity to burn fat.
Sync it with the Fitbit app to see how you’re progressing and earn badges for your achievements. Connect with friends and compete in different challenges.
A sports watch can be used to track your performance when you’re running or cycling. Use it to get detailed stats on your pace, distance and heart rate while you train.
Record how fast you complete each run or ride, as well as the distance covered and your pace. Check your stats in real time or sync the data with the smartphone app to chart your progress and set goals to beat your PB.
Many sports watches have a built-in heart rate monitor to help you train at optimum effort. Some can also be used like a fitness band to track your daily activity.
What can I do with a sports watch?
- Stay motivated with detailed training plans and set personalised targets – it’s like having a running coach on your wrist
- Race against friends using the corresponding app or by syncing it with other apps like Run Keeper and Strava
- Keep track of your route with built-in GPS tracking – which means you can leave your phone at home while you run or cycle
Garmin VivoActive HR
The Garmin VivoActive HR has GPS to track sports like running, biking and swimming. Access your stats on the high-resolution colour touchscreen and customise it with different watch faces, widgets and apps.
Use the built-in heart rate monitor to see how hard you’ve worked during a training session – as well as the calories you’ve burned.
Pair it with your smartphone for distraction-free running. Get smart notifications sent direct to your watch. While smart coaching from Garmin Connect can keep you motivated as you go.
Feeling inspired to get fit? See our full range of fitness bands and sports watches