The best fitness trackers – which one should you buy?

We take a look at some of the best fitness trackers you can buy, whether you're going running or just checking how many steps it is to the kitchen

Best fitness trackers

by Clare Howcutt-Kelly |

Wearable technology has improved over the years with more colours and styles on offer than ever before. Now, you can get fit and be stylish at the same time with the best budget fitness trackers.

Buying a fitness tracker can give you the motivation to keep fit and get healthier; having those stats instantly available on how your run went, how far you've walked, and how many calories you've burned can be an incentive to keep going when before you might have given up.

Today’s fitness trackers work in harmony with your body and are very intelligent, alerting you to when you need a screen break at work, or when it's time to switch off the TV and head to bed, or even prompt you to drink some water. You can also sync your fitness tracker with your phone so you can instantly see phone calls and text messages. This is all on top of shaping your fitness progress too, and keep you on track to achieving your goal whether it’s couch to 5k or training for a triathlon.

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Get one with guided breathing sessions to help you stay calm in times of stress – you can also learn more about your body and monitor your periods. If you want to coordinate with your outfit, simply change the strap on your Fitbit. If you love staying connected, then blow the budget on an Apple Watch.

Tips for making the most out of your run

The guys at NURVV Run have shared some of their running tips to get you out and about during lockdown - especially when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

1. Wear the right gear

Ever heard the saying there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear? While it’s not 100% true – no running jacket is going to help you in a monsoon – the right kit can definitely make the difference between a soggy, cold run and a warm and slightly drier one.

These wet-weather basics will make rainy runs much more comfortable:

A cap – a hat with a brim keeps rain out of your eyes (especially important if you wear contact lenses) meaning you can actually see as you run. Go for a running-specific one made from breathable fabric.

A water or wind-resistant jacket – don’t run in a fully waterproof jacket as waterproof fabric traps moisture and warmth, meaning you’ll soon overheat. Instead, opt for a lightweight wind and water-resistant layer.

Shoes – if you have more than one pair of running shoes, choose those with the best tread to give you more grip on wet and slippery surfaces.

2. Dress for the temperature

When it’s raining outside it’s tempting to wear ALL the layers but you’ll soon get too hot. Instead, check the weather forecast and dress for the temperature.

In most cases, a lightweight rain jacket over your usual sweat-wicking running top should be fine. On warmer days skip the jacket – you’ll end up carrying it – and accept the fact you’re going to get slightly wet.

3. Waterproof your gadgets

NURVV Run is rain- and mud-proof, so no need to worry about running through puddles (although leave puddle jumping till the home strait to prevent waterlogged shoes). Our trackers even allow you to record your run phone-free, so you can leave your phone at home and still capture all your running data.

If you are taking your phone and it isn’t water resistant, keep it in a waterproof pocket or small ziplock plastic bag to protect it from rain.

4. Banish the chafe

Chafing can happen on any run but add rain and wet clothes into the mix and you’re more likely to get rubbing.

Lube up with some Vaseline or Body Glide pre-run. Apply it in the places you usually get chafing or blisters such as your inner thighs, under your arms, around your sports bra and on your feet.

5. Think of it as mental training

Not every run is going to be a crisp and sunny jog through the park and rainy runs will make you appreciate those dry ones even more.

The added challenge of wet weather and going out when you really don’t want to, is good mental training. It trains you to push through when the going gets tough – in the final miles of a race for example.

If you’re training for an event, it could be raining on race day, too. All those rainy training runs will mean you’re well prepared and know what kit and mindset work best for you in wet weather.

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6. Go hi-vis

Visibility can be lower on rainy days so make sure you wear a bright layer or some reflective strips on your clothing to ensure cars can see you.

7. Get changed quickly

It makes sense but as soon as you get in from a rainy run, strip off those clothes. Having wet clothes next to your skin lowers your body temperature.

You can also stuff wet shoes with newspaper to help them dry.

8. On race day

If you’re taking part in a running event on a rainy day, pack a bin bag to wear in the starting pens. Add some arm and neck holes and it’ll keep you warm and dry while you wait.

Take some older running shoes and socks and wear these before you check in your gear so you’re starting the race with dry feet. And don’t forget dry clothes, socks, shoes and underwear to travel home in.

9. Know when to take it indoors

While running in the rain can make you feel like Rocky, there are times when it's just not good for you! If there’s a thunderstorm, call it a day, you don’t want to get struck by lightning. The same goes if you’re interval training or running at a faster pace – wet pavements can be slippy and will cause injury longterm.

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