Found: A Fitness Watch to Help You with Your New Year’s Resolutions
Now that we’re weeks-deep into January, still shaking off the effects of that holiday hangover, it’s time to do a progress check on those New Year’s resolutions—and one particular purchase, a fitness watch, could make all the difference.
Though Ashley Graham encouragingly proclaimed in her “Secret Messages” web series that men only gain an average of two pounds over the holidays, the start of a new decade is as good a time as any to promise yourself that you will move more, eat right, and hit the gym. A survey by the International Health, Racquet, and Sports Club Association notes that 10.8 percent of gym memberships are purchased in January, more than any other month in the year, and it’s well-known that simply arming yourself with brand new fitness gear can be a great motivator.
If you’re on the hunt for a fitness watch to keep you company this 2020, we’ve compiled a list of great candidates according to their most notable features. Pick one to strap on your wrist as you get started on shedding those extra two pounds and beyond.
You need: a sports watch that doesn’t look like a sports watch
We recommend: Withings Steel HR Sport Smartwatch
Are you resisting the idea of turning into the cliché gym bro? Here’s a timepiece that won’t sacrifice loaded features for elegance or good looks: the Steel HR Sport is a hybrid smartwatch that assesses your fitness level via VO2 Max (as in, your maximum amount of oxygen consumption during exercise) and boasts a battery life of up to 25 days, putting many of the smartwatches on the market to shame. No need to settle for a blinking digital display with its stainless steel case and analog hands, plus you can customize the strap and swap out the silicone for leather or metal links.
You need: music to get you going
We recommend: Garmin Forerunner 645 Music
If you’re the type who lets the tempo dictate your pace, therefore music during a run is an absolute must, this fitness watch can store up to 500 songs, sync up with streaming services, and connect to Bluetooth headphones. It also comes with plenty of other features to help monitor your progress, like measuring cadence and stride length to improve form and a Training Status tool that tracks exercise history so you know if you’re overexerting yourself or recovering effectively.
You need a good night’s sleep
We recommend: Fitbit Versa Lite
You know what they say: abs are made not in the gym, but while you’re sleeping. Actually, that’s not what the saying is at all, but you should never underestimate the effect that sleep (and the lack of it) has on your body, especially when you’re training for something big. If you’re a huge believer in maximizing recovery by getting quality zs, you’re going to enjoy this watch’s comprehensive sleep tracking features, including monitoring your light, deep, and REM sleep stages and giving you a personalized sleep score.
You need to train off the grid
We recommend: Casio G-Shock GBA800 Training Time
Smartwatches when you’re working out—who needs them? The last place in the world you would want to be bothered by e-mails, group texts, and work phone calls is when you’re on a hike up in the mountains or zoning out in the gym. If gym time is your me-time, ditch mobile connectivity altogether and get a sports watch that brings it back to the absolute basics: countdown timer, lap memory, step count tracker… done. Download the G-Shock Connected app and you can also get a breakdown of calories burned and the metabolic equivalent of your steps taken daily, if you don’t want to completely ditch your phone.
You need: to be free of the charging cord
We recommend: Matrix PowerWatch Series 2
Why be shackled to that nightly routine of taking off your watch and hooking it up to the nearest power source when you can get a fitness watch that’s powered entirely by your body heat? Matrix takes all of the great features that you can expect from a smartwatch (heart rate monitoring, smart notifications, activity and calorie tracking, GPS) but liberates you from ever having to plug it into an electrical outlet again by making use of thermoelectric and solar power to keep it going. Pretty genius and energy-efficient, too.