Our gift guide for fitness

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Cycling fanatic, yoga dabbler or cross-fit guru- it doesn’t matter. The best gift you can get any fitness lover is a smartwatch. Why? They get a notification hub right on your wrist, so they never have to break their stride to stay connected. But, most importantly, smart watches are amazing fitness trackers.

With a smartwatch you can set and keep track of your health goals. Check your performance, calorie count and loads of other stuff in real time. Getting active's easier than ever before.

 

For wellness lovers… The Fitbit Versa 3

 

This is a great all-round smartwatch that focuses on much more than just exercise. Of course it covers the same ground as most trackers – steps, distance, calories. But you can also stay on top of your diet by keeping a log of your eating habits, find guided meditation and breathing exercises, even check your cycle with female health tracking.

It’s 6-day battery life also means you don’t have to worry about going without. Just wrap it round your wrist and you’re ready to go for almost the whole week.

Is this the right gift? Is your gift-getter just getting started on their fitness journey? If so, this is a good choice. They get a 6-month free Fitbit Premium trial- a heap of personalised guidance, advanced insights and access to the Fitbit community to help them stay on track!

 

For outdoorsmen (and women)… The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

 

Are they into triathlon? Hiking? Climbing? Or maybe your less-run-of-the-mill sports like skiing or golfing? This smartwatch has over 100 different workout modes, so they get an accurate read whatever they’re doing.

There are lots of handy features for when you’re going off the beaten track too. Things like sudden weather change alerts to let you know when it’s about to chuck it down. And then there’s trajectory return too, so you can quickly find your way home.

And they’ll get a bit of pro help while they’re at it. The GT 2 Pro gives professional training guidance, some of it voice assisted. Training never felt so easy!

Is this the right gift? If exploring the great outdoors is their thing, this is an excellent choice. It makes it easier to stay safe, fit and on track when you’re out and about. Plus it’ll last 2 weeks on a single charge so they don’t need to worry if they’re on a big excursion!

 

For stylish gym buffs… The Michael Kors Lexington Gen 5

 

Good news- you can look glam even when you’re getting your sweat on. Michael Kors the luxe designer has created this beautiful smartwatch with a fully customisable AMOLED display. So not only is the strap gorgeous, you can give it the watch your own unique spin.

And it does everything else you’d expect of a smartwatch. Take calls, pay for your morning coffee, set reminders, listen to music. The cardio fitness tracker will also keep an eye on your heart rate and calories using Google Fit.

Best of all, you don’t need to have your phone with you 24/7. The watch has 8GB of internal memory- plenty of space to store your favourite songs. And it has built-in GPS too, so you can even get directions without tethering it to your phone.

Is this the right gift? The Michael Kors watch is compatible with all 22mm straps. It’s easy to switch up the strap for any occasion. And, since it comes in both Gold and Rose Gold, they’re totally in control of their style.

 

For a PT on your wrist… The Garmin Venu

 

Who wants to pay for an expensive PT? With the Venu you get animated strength, cardio, yoga and Pilates workouts straight to your smartphone. So if you’re unsure about what to do, there’s no need to faff about with YouTube on your phone.

You can also stay safe when you’re out and about. The incident detection feature will send your location to your emergency contacts if there’s an accident. No need to worry about trips and falls if you’re somewhere new.

And, of course, you get all the great fitness tracking you’d expect of a Garmin. It’ll measure your heart rate, menstrual cycle, hydration, respiration, sleep and more. You’ll also be able to maximise every moment, with alerts that let you know the best time for rest or activity by measuring your heart rate.

Is this the right gift? Garmin’s a favourite of fitness junkies everywhere. If they’re looking for an established name, Garmin’s a safe bet. It has plenty of built-in sports apps, as well as more to download from the Garmin Connect IQ Store.

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