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The best fitness watches in 2021 for smashing your PB


Man trail running in Hyde Park, London (Getty)

If the easing of lockdown is getting you in the mood for exercise, you’re going to want some assistance.

And we don’t mean splashing out on an expensive PT.

Instead, you can pick up one of the many excellent fitness watches out there that’ll help you log your activity and improve performance.

They offer features like GPS tracking, heart-rate monitoring and calories burnt. All of which is going to come in handy if you’re looking ahead to summer sessions out in the park.

There’s a host of different options to choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down to a few categories.

Best fitness watch for budget: Xiaomi Mi Watch

The Mi Watch (Xiaomi)

Xiaomi’s Mi Watch packs a features punch and won’t leave a sizeable dent in your wallet.

What’s more, it’s super-light and has a high-quality display. It tracks outdoor fitness pursuits too, and measures heart rate and blood oxygen.

It’ll let you know if you’re training too much and if you’ve got enough energy to tackle a hectic day.

That’s topped up with weeks as opposed to days of battery life, making ita surprisingly solid budget fitness watch.

£99, mi.com

Best fitness watch for style: Polar Vantage M2

Polar Vantage M2

Polar’s Vantage M2 is a good fit if you want to track exercises galore and have something that looks the part during the sweat-fest.

It comes in a range of colour and strap combos with an eye-catching stainless steel bezel, giving it a more stylish edge than most fitness watches.

It’s not style over substance either, with sensors to map big bike rides and tell you how hard you worked in a class.

Add in the FitSpark training guide and it’ll even pick the next workout you can follow on the watch.

£269, polar.com

Best fitness watch for battery life: Garmin Enduro

The Garmin Enduro

The Enduro is built for ultra runners and endurance athletes that like to go the distance, and it means business.

It delivers up to 65 days’ battery life in smartwatch mode and offers a class-leading 80 hours when tracking runs and rides. It tracks everything from golf to surfing, plus a new ultra running mode better monitors that extended time on your feet.

Pay more for the titanium case and comfy nylon strap and its big frame won’t feel so heavy.

From £699.99, garmin.com

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