- Heart rate monitor: Yes
Smart watchesSmart watches
Smart watches have evolved massively in recent years and have certainly come on a long way since the first in 1972. What was once a cool gadget that didn't do a whole lot of useful stuff has become a must have accessory that really can make your day easier and improve the quality of your life.
A heart rate monitor smart watch is a great gadget to help with your fitness goals. Keep a track of your progress and challenge yourself when you feel the time is right. A GPS smart watch will also aid you in your fitness pursuits by providing accurate speed and distance information and allow you to store and track this information.
The Apple Watch has long been the leader in smart watches and the latest Apple Watch Series 6 even measures your bloody oxygen level. The new Apple Watches include features to help enhance your well being, including low and high heart rate notifications which can help warn you of issues like stress and other conditions. It also includes fall detection so if you're out running and take a tumble the watch will prompt you to see if you need emergency assistance and can connect you to a helpline. You can assign metrics to workouts and the watch will help track your progress and provide inspiration and advice. Plus, you can answer calls and respond to texts direct from the watch and the watch is compatible with AirPods. And it tells the time too.
Android smart watches offer an alternative for those not locked into the Apple ecosystem. Samsung smart watches come in different designs based on your needs. The Galaxy Fit E Smart Watch is designed with runners and wellness fans in mind. Built to rigorous US Military Standards Compliance, it's a watch that can go with you wherever the trail takes you, even underwater as it is water resistant to 50 metres. It will track your activity and workouts, so you can monitor your progress. And it also logs your sleep and lets you track calories when you eat, helping you become fitter and healthier. The main Galaxy Smart Watch has similar features, but much more, including Samsung Pay facility so you can use it to pay in shops and cafes and apps like Spotify so you can stream music without your phone.
Garmin smart watches are are another popular option for tracking goals and fitness metrics, uploading to Garmin Connect, staying connected socially, viewing training programmes, contactless payments and much more. With the Vivoactive 3 you can even store and listen to music through Bluetooth.
We also have Fossil smart watches for those who like a more traditional looking watch, Huawei smart watches which give Apple and Samsung a run for their money in terms of features and Skagen smart watches, which are beautifully minimal in their design. And the champions of the fitness tracker world, Fitbit, also have great smart watch options in the Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa.