The Best Fitness Tracker for Exercise at Home
Goal tracking and inspirational features to help with the housebound Covid exercise routines
These are now strange times that we find ourselves in and some of us might be looking for that extra push and inspiration to get off the sofa and workout. The global pandemic has really had an impact on everyone’s health and wellbeing with sports centres and gyms closing. The popularity of the health trackers is indicated by the spike in the demand for smartwatches and health trackers. Below we are going to discuss the various fitness trackers and smartwatches.
Fitness Trackers for Every Budget
Today with the competition been intense means that there are fitness trackers for every budget. If you are on a tight budget then that is not a problem that may just mean that the trackers at the lower end of the budget, maybe $50, might be lacking some of the features that you would get at $300. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a basic health tracker for everyday tracking or if you are looking for something a bit more in-depth sports exercise tracking there is the best fitness tracker for exercise at home out there for you.
Fitness Trackers Features
The best fitness trackers for exercise at home offer more cutting-edge technology and features than ever before, that maybe heart rate monitoring, detailed sleep tracking, waterproof for swimming, stress tracking, sports and workout modes and, of course, step counting. Read on to find out our top 5!
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Fitbit Charge 4
One of the best there is for fitness tracking
In first place comes the Fitbit Charge 4. This fitness tracker comes with a great set of able sensors that are far more advanced than the other competition like Xiaomi and Samsung. This is not the most powerful Fitness tracker but it is one of the most powerful out there today.
The Charge 4 comes with advanced features such as steps, heart rate tracking, sleep tracking, GPS, blood oxygen tracking, VO2max tracking, Fitbit Pay and of course notifications from your smartphone.
The new features that Fitbit has brought from its predecessor are GPS. Now you can track that run and walks from the wrist and with the SpO2 sensor for the blood oxygen levels this can measure the Vo2max and resting heart rate, all this along with Fitbits premium sleep tracking ability make this certainly a watch to be considered if you are after the whole stats tracking. The charge 4 is swim-proof with a 5atm capability so you needn’t remove it in the shower either.
This Health tracker is maybe for the serious sportsperson who is after a little more than the 10k steps a day tracking. The Charge 4 may get a little annoying giving you poor scores for the active zone minutes which is the new feature that rewards you for getting your heart rate into the higher zones.
This is definitely the best Fitness tracker for exercise at home if you want to keep a close eye on your health and are not after a full-on smartwatch.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5
Great value fitness tracker
In second place Aroundwatches recommends the Xiaomi Mi Band 5. This fitness tracker does not come with all the bells and whistles that the Fitbit Charge 4 comes with but it does have a great advantage over all the other trackers here and that is the price. This Fitness tracker is the cheapest on our list as it is listed RRP of 39.99 (correct at time of posting)
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5 comes with limited features such as step and heart rate tracking, sleep tracking including REM sleep, 11 sports modes, waterproof and swim tracking and notifications.
This tracker does have a nice little feature called PAI score tracking. This is Personal Activity Intelligence and it calculates the weekly effort, which basically gives you a score out of 100 for the more you get your heart beating. It is simple and effective. Although this does not come with GPS it has the feature of connected GPS, via your smartphone, plus a heart rate monitor used for 27/7 tracking, stress monitoring and keeping tabs on your activity via the PAI score.
On the Band 5, the sleep tracking has been improved upon however I don’t think that it is still on par with the likes of the Fitbit trackers yet as the figures that were reported were far more generous than other trackers tested. The band 5 has the ability of REM sleep tracking and personalised insights which can be monitored for a further in-depth sleep analysis.
Fitbit Inspire 2
Cheapest fitness tracker from Fitbit, but still up there with features as you’d expect from Fitbit
Fitbit is really killing the game here on the Fitness trackers as this is the second Fitness tracker that we have placed in our top 5. Here is the Inspire 2 from Fitbit.
It would be fair to say that they have this bit of the market sorted. If you want a fitness tracker that is really focused on fitness features then Fitbit is the go-to brand.
The Inspire 2 is a great fitness tracker for the price ($99 at the time of writing this) which really puts it ahead of some of the competition. The features that this comes with are steps, Distance and calorie burn tracking, sleep monitoring, optical heart rate tracking, 20 exercise modes, swim tracking, Sleep monitoring and of course the notifications from your smartphone. The majority of the fitbits all average about 10 days of battery life so no problems there. The Inspire 2 does also come with the menstrual tracking and guided breathing exercises to help keep you on the level zen. Fitbit is adding support for its new Active Zone Minutes feature, which is designed to hit target heart rate zones each week. That also joins the ability to train with heart rate zones and check your cardio fitness level inside the Fitbit app.
Whilst the Inspire 2 is no flagship model it certainly manages to squeeze in a few smartwatch features in here.
This is firmly in the list of the best fitness tracker for exercise at home and together with all these features and sensors paired to the user-friendly Fitbit app, what can go wrong in your workout? (don’t mention falling off the treadmill)
Garmin Vivosmart 4
Great features for a fitness tracker and great price
It is no surprise that Garmin muscled its way into our top 5 trackers. Garmin has produced some great smartwatches are going from strength to strength in the trackers market. This Vivosmart 4 is an improvement on its predecessor as the gym features have been improved with this model being the best if you are into the deep data with stress tracking, blood oxygen and energy tracking all on-board.
The features that are included are Sleep tracking, steps, calorie and heart rate monitoring, automatic workout recognition, rep counting for gym exercises, Vo2Max (for blood oxygen levels) heart rate variability for stress levels and the usual smartphone notifications. I particularly like the energy or ‘body battery’ monitoring as this will give you indications of your recovery time between workouts and when it is best to train again for maximum effect. The ability to track swims means that this tracker is waterproof and that is another great feature.
All this into a fitness tracker and still a great buy if you are into the heavy statistics and data analysis. The Vivosmart may not be for everyone but everyone needs it. Great tracker but be sure to check stock at some outlets as even Garmin are quoting 4-5 weeks lead time on their website.
Amazfit Band 5
Another budget tracker with Alexa built-in
The Amazfit brand is not new to most smartwatch people as it is owned by the giants Huawei. The band 5 is very similar in features to the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 previously discussed but it is still worth a mention in this list as it is a very nice little tracker for the budget price range ($49.99 at time of article).
This tracker is packed with features which is great as it is in the budget price range. Features extend to step and Sleep tracking, Auto workout tracking, Amazon Alexa on-board, waterproof and swim tracking, Heart rate monitor and of course smartphone notifications and music control. All this for a price of a pair of jeans. Amazfit also threw in a 15 days battery life just to make sure that you didn’t have to carry your charger with you on a fortnights holiday.
The screen resolution is a 126×294 AMOLED display, which incidentally, is more than you would find on a Fitbit or Samsung. This tracker does not come with GPS but it can use the GPS on your smartphone to track a run or activity if needed. The Amazfit does have a SpO2 sensor which is more than the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 has. It also boasts an upgraded heart rate tracking too. A nice feature is that you can customise the watch faces too.
For its mix of fitness tracking and smartwatch features along with that great screen and battery life, the Amazfit Band 5 is on the top 5 list of the best fitness tracker for exercise at home.