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15 Best Fitness Watches For Smashing Your PBs

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The fitness wearable industry is only going from strength to strength, with more and more people wanting to be held accountable for their health. In fact, some 70% of Australians own some sort of fitness watch or fitness tracker.

This has seen the rise of a huge number of companies producing fitness watches, that can give you an overall picture of your health; your heart rate; the distance you’ve travelled, to name but a few features.

Separate to running watches, the best fitness watches provide information and metrics for a wide variety of sports, including running, cycling and swimming, but a good majority cater to pretty much any sport that can be tracked from your wrist.

While it certainly wasn’t the first to the party, it’s fair to say Apple has definitely had a huge impact on fitness watch market thanks to the Apple Watch. Capable of recording a wide array of metrics and syncing that data with your phone and various dedicated apps, we’re able to view a pretty detailed picture of how our fitness levels stack up against our friends.

It’s features such as these that instil a competitive nature within us. For example, if you can easily view your previous 5km run time, you have a benchmark from which to progress, and we all want to get better at something, don’t we?

So, which of the best fitness watches are worthy of a spot on your wrist? We’ve put together this definitive list of the very best fitness watches and fitness trackers available to buy right now. Designs and features vary, so be sure you know exactly what your prospective best fitness watch will do for you before you go ahead and buy.

Fitness Tracker vs Smartwatch: What’s The Difference?

The main point of difference between a fitness watch and a smartwatch is that fitness trackers tend to be smaller and less cumbersome, often coming in more streamlined designs compared to watches. Think of them more as bracelets. Fitness trackers are also more likely to be cheaper than smartwatches because they offer fewer functions, and they should also sport much longer battery lives, because they don’t need to be powering bright screens for long periods of time.

In short, there isn’t much to separate fitness trackers and smartwatches from one another. Fitness trackers can monitor your heart rate, record number of steps taken or distance travelled, for example, and most will now also show you notifications from a connected smartphone. Smartwatches were initially an extension of your smartphone, showing notifications and allowing you to send messages or listen to music. But now they too offer a wide array of fitness tracking capabilities.

Admittedly, it is now harder to choose between the two, especially when most people appreciate the convenience of smartwatches and the ability to quickly read messages or see who’s calling, as well as being able to listen to music via wireless Bluetooth headphones

Now without furhter adeu, here’s our picks for the best fitness watch and best fitness trackers.