This story was originally published on January 3, 2021, and last updated on August 21, 2021.
The start of the year is a great time to start new goals. Maybe 2020 reminded you to get fit and had you jumping to start a fitness routine. And now you want to keep track of your exercises. You don’t have to use expensive smartwatches or fitness trackers to get the job done. Many affordable alternatives can help you start or continue your fitness journey, and we’ve compiled the best for you. So, scroll down, and we hope you find the wearable for you. We’ve arranged this small list from the most affordable to the priciest one (still under PHP 7,000). Have an incredible fitness journey in 2021!
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6
SRP: PHP 1,990
Here’s another long-lasting fitness band. The Mi Smart Band 6 has a 1.56-inch AMOLED display where you can activate and track any of the 30 fitness modes. This entry-level tracker also monitors your heart rate and sleep. You can get up to 14 days of battery life on a single charge.
SoundPEATS Watch 1
SRP: PHP 2,490 | Sale price: PHP 1,390
SoundPEATS doesn’t just offer audio accessories; it now has a smartwatch, too. And like other smartwatches available, it tracks exercises (up to 12 kinds), heart rate, and sleep. It also offers breathing training so you can learn to regulate your breathing and send alerts to remind you if you’ve stayed seated for too long.
The SoundPEATS Watch 1 also displays weather conditions and has a stopwatch, timer, and alarm functions—all of that you can control on the 1.4-inch color touchscreen. It promises a battery life of up to seven days with a 2.5 charging time and comes with an IP68 water resistance protection. You can read our review over here.
Huawei Band 6
SRP: PHP 2,599 | Sale price: PHP 2,259 (Shopee)
The Huawei Band 6 lets you see a lot more with its larger 1.47-inch AMOLED screen. No matter what sport or fitness activity you do, this fitness tracker has you covered. It monitors 96 different outdoor and indoor workout modes and offers 24-hour health monitoring (including SpO2, stress, and sleep). A daily charge isn’t an issue with its battery that can last for up to two weeks. It also has smart features, so you can control some functions of your phone with this fitness tracker.
realme Watch 2 Pro
SRP: PHP 4,490
Here’s one of the newer smartwatches from realme. It has a 1.75-inch color display, IP68 water and dust resistance rating, and high-precision dual-satellite GPS. Workout to your heart’s content with its 14-day battery life. It can track 90 sports modes and offer 24/7 health monitoring.
Express yourself with over 100 different watch faces. This smartwatch gets smart notifications and connects to the realme Link app. A bonus is it also lets you control realme’s smart home devices right from your wrist.
Garmin Vivofit 4
SRP: PHP 5,595 | Sale price: PHP 3,860 (Shopee)
Garmin offers a 24/7 activity tracker with the Vivofit 4. Since it comes with a regular, replaceable watch battery, you don’t have to worry about nightly charges. It promises to last a whole year on that battery. This fitness tracker is even safe enough for the pool or the shower if you’re committed to keeping it on you. It can track steps, distance, calories burned, sleep, and lets you set a personalized daily step goal. It will also alert you if you’ve been stationary for too long. It is missing heart rate monitoring, though. The Vivofit 4 will periodically sync to the Garmin Connect app, where you can save, plan, share your activities, and participate in social challenges.
You don’t even have to start and stop your activity tracker manually. With Move IQ, it will automatically capture and classify your different activities. For walks and runs, it can even start an activity timer automatically. This fitness band also comes with a weather widget and can set alarms through the app that will go off on the Vivofit 4. It also has a countdown timer and a way to locate a connected, misplaced phone.
Fitbit Inspire 2
SRP PHP 6,290 | Sale price: PHP 6,190
If you want a more affordable introduction to Fitbit’s wearables line, you should check out the Fitbit Inspire 2. It offers 24/7 heart rate tracking so you can see heart rate zones, track sleep stages, and get a better estimate of calories burned. As with other fitness trackers, it can follow your steps and distance. It offers to monitor 20+ exercise modes and provide real-time statistics of your workout. And if you forget to start an activity, SmartTrack will automatically recognize and record your exercises. Connect the Inspire 2 to your phone’s GPS to get real-time pace and distance on your wrist when you take walks, jog, hike, and go on bike rides. Yes, this wearable is swim-proof for up to 50m and offers swim tracking, too.
As with other Fitbit trackers, it can monitor your sleep and offer tips through the Fitbit app to improve your sleep quality. It also provides personalized guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate to help calm your system. And friendly reminders to move around when you’ve been stationary for long periods. On top of that, you can get smartphone notifications on your wrist. Android users can send quick replies to messages if their device is nearby.
UPDATE 1: 2021/08/21 10:47 A.M. GMT+8 BY NICOLE BATAC
Updated the wearables currently available
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