Frugal fitness trackers
GET YOURSELF AN ACTIVITY TRACKER THAT DOESN’T COST AN ARM AND A LEG.
FITNESS TRACKERS CAN be a great way to be a bit healthier, but the higher-end models are not exactly affordable. Fortunately, there are plenty of budget-focused models, so we’ve put together reviews of the cheapest 10 available in Australia (aside from the Xiaomi Mi Band 2). Prices range from $25, up to $130, with a big spread of features. While there are plenty of very cheap no-name Chinesemade trackers available from overseas, we’ve stuck to models where a warranty will actually be honoured.
The core functionality of trackers uses an accelerometer to track movements, Bluetooth to sync to a PC or smartphone and some sort of LEDs or display to give fitness goal feedback. Better models include extra features such as OLED displays, vibration motors for alerts, and even basic smartwatch functionality. While some trackers are rechargeable, others use watch batteries that last six months or more.
It’s worth noting that while the tracker is important, the true value and feature set comes from the apps, which can analyse the gathered data, track sleep and link into online fitness communities.