A guide to buying a fitness watch for 2019

First published: 20-12-2018

You do the exercise, so let your watch do the thinking as you try to stick to the fitness pledge you've set yourself this New Year. Our fitness watches for men and women offer a range of features for any ability, whether you're new to the exercise game or you want to give your regular workouts a fresh edge.

We've outlined everything you need to know about choosing the right fitness watch for you. From a model that will track your fitness through to watches that can monitor your heart rate, let us help you keep your fitness goals this New Year.

Run smarter

Whether you're a jogging novice or you already have a few marathons to your name, a watch that can help you track your progress and set achievable goals will be sure to take your running game to the next level.

Our selection of fitness watches for runners feature GPS, heart rate functions, and calorie counters, from brands such as Polar, Garmin, and Timex.

Reliable running

When it comes to fitness watches, Polar is known for producing reliable timepieces that cater for all abilities. Help yourself out this New Year and choose a watch that makes training that bit easier.

The Polar Vantage M Fitness watch combines an impressive heart rate monitor located under the face, advanced sleep tracking, and GPS capabilities to map out your workouts, making it a must-have for those who love to track their fitness and keep on top of goals.


Analyse performance

Improve your fitness with this sleek Garmin fitness watch. Suitable for both men and women, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ Alarm Chronograph Watch allows you to track distance on your runs, time spent working out, and even your pace, to provide a detailed overview of your activity.

Count how many calories you've burned and map the intensity of your workouts with this fitness watch using the Garmin Connect mobile app and keep track of the improvements in your fitness and workouts this New Year.


Alternate your sports

If you're a keen sportsperson who is interested in a multitude of activities, you need a watch that can switch between activities as easily as you do. Look through our range of fitness watches from brands such as Garmin and Fitbit, designed to keep up with your ever-changing routine.

Take on anything

Designed to withstand the demands of the outdoors while looking sleek and sophisticated, this watch from Garmin is a true fitness warrior.

The ideal companion whether you're going for a run, swim, or cycle, the Garmin Fenix Chronos is equipped with GPS and Bluetooth capabilities, along with a heart rate monitor, so you can rely on accurate feedback every time.


High strength and scratch resistant, it's built to see you through your next challenge, however tough it might be. Complete with a classy stainless-steel case and sapphire crystal face, the Fenix Chronos promises to add the perfect finish to sporty and formal attire alike.

Maximise your potential

Famously reliable for producing quality fitness watches for men and women, Fitbit has combined GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring to complement its fitness tracking range. The multi-sport mode allows you to alternate between activities, from yoga through to running, making it easy to record accurate data and fully maximise your fitness potential.

With its long battery life, use the Charge 2 fitness watch to achieve your goals, and follow your progress with the accompanying Fitbit app. Complete with a changeable band and Milanese strap, you can customise it to suit your mood every single day.

Go for a classic look

If your goal this year is to simply embrace a healthier lifestyle, look for a watch that combines everyday style with hidden wellness capabilities. Something as simple as a step counter could help you achieve your goals, while looking sharp along the way.

Style and substance

This eye-catching ice white watch from Casio is perfect for anyone wanting a quick update on their fitness, without sacrificing a classic look. The Casio G-Squad Bluetooth Step Tracker enables you to set your own goals, up to 50,000 steps, with the progress bar displaying how you're doing. This tough timepiece is also water resistant up to 100m, so it's ready to see you through rain and shine.

New year, new fitness targets - let your watch take some of the burden. With fitness watches and trackers suitable for all abilities on offer, from top brands such as Polar, Garmin, Fitbit, Suunto, and Casio, you'll be smashing through your goals in 2019. Check our full collection of fitness watch guides for more advice about choosing the best model for your lifestyle.


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