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The big Pocket Gamer accessory guide 2018
Health and fitness accessories: get fighting fit with your phone
Product: Hardware Group Test | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android, iPhone
Updated 11th January: We've added some new health and fitness accessories to help you keep your New Year's resolutions.

It's early 2018, and many of us have doubtless made rash promises to get in shape. How's that going so far?

One thing that can help a lot - particularly if you're easily distracted by whizzy technology - is your smartphone. Invest in some smart health and fitness tech, and the journey to wellness can be a much easier one.

There's a vast range of fitness accessories that tie in with your phone and help track, motivate, and direct your get-fit schemes. Here are some of the best examples.

Omron Evolv

We're getting out of light and fluffy fitness tracker territory and into serious health-tracking technology here. The Omron Evolv is a clinically approved blood pressure monitor cuff that takes your readings with a high degree of accuracy. These can then be shared with your doctor via an app.

Suggested price: £97
Buy from Amazon

Under Armour Speedform Gemini 3 Record-Equipped running shoes

Don't like strapping things to your wrist when out running? Check out Under Armour's smart trainers. There are smart sensors in the heels that track all of the relevant running metrics and upload them to your phone. They can also conduct a 'jump test' to determine how intense your next run should be.

Suggested price: £84
Buy from Under Armour

Fossil Q Marshal smartwatch

It's far from being a fitness watch, but the Fossil Q Marshal looks great and deals with all your notifications (if you're an Android user) with a side order of step counting.

Suggested price: £153
Buy from Argos

Nokia Body+ smart scale

Get a detailed picture of your body composition (bone mass, water retention, fat and muscle mass) with this smart scale. It also syncs up with the Health mate app to provide you with personalised fitness plans.

Suggested price: £50
Buy from Amazon

Asus ZenWatch 3

One of the best Android wear smartwatches on the market, with a superb screen and decent build quality. Again, it's not a fully fledged fitness watch, but it'll track your steps.

Suggested price: £250
Buy from Amazon

Samsung Gear Fit 2

No wearable maker has iterated more than Samsung, and you can see the fruits of those efforts in its latest devices. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 is an excellent fitness tracker, with a sleek design, a strong AMOLED display, and advanced heart rate monitoring features. It even has iOS support.

Suggested price: £170
Buy from Amazon

TomTom Spark 3

You might recognise TomTom more from its work on sat nav systems, but it also dabbles in the fitness wearable field. The TomTom Spark 3 has the kind of robust, no-nonsense looks you might expect from the brand, but it also brings across its GPS and route-tracking expertise. You can also load up music on it, so you don't need to take your phone.

Suggested price: £140
Buy from Amazon

Withings Activité Sapphire

While most of the devices on this list put health and fitness first and form second, the Withings Activité Sapphire is more like a traditional timepiece that happens to track your exercise. It hooks up to your smartwatch, but in a charmingly analogue way.

Suggested price: £150
Buy from Amazon

Misfit Ray

If you want something a little more stylish and less, well, geeky than your average fitness tracker, try the Misfit Ray. It sports a sleek cylindrical design, and there's no screen to speak of. All the step and sleep tracking is funnelled through your smartphone.

Suggested price: £39
Buy from Amazon

Moov Now

You don't need to break the bank for a good smart fitness tracker, nor do you have to contend with fiddly UIs or compromise on functionality. The Moov Now is a simple wrist-mounted tracker that tracks and talks you through your workouts with real-time audio coaching.

Suggested price: £60
Buy from Amazon

Misfit Shine 2

Here's another neatly unobtrusive fitness tracker from Misfit. This one looks more like a traditional watch - although there is a discrete ring of LED lights rather than a display - but the main unit can also be removed from the strap and clipped to a shoe for bare-wristed running or walking.

Suggested price: £40
Buy from Amazon

Apple Watch Series 3

Forget all the high-falutin' claims about the Apple Watch - it's not going to transform your life. But the latest model is a really good fitness tracker (provided you own an iPhone) with the worthwhile addition of GPS and cellular connectivity, so you don't need to take your iPhone with you on your workout.

Suggested price: £399
Buy from Apple

Fitbit Charge 2

The brutal truth is that the smartwatch market hasn't taken off like everyone predicted. You can bypass all that notification nonsense and skip straight to the hardcore fitness tracking with the Fitbit Charge 2. It's comfy, as a clear display, ties in with your phone's GPS, and has a great hear rate sensor and fitness tracking software.

Suggested price: £90
Buy from Amazon

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ might not be quite as slick in operation as the Fitbit, but it has the added benefit of built-in GPS and water proofing to 50 metres - both of which make it the ideal fitness tracker for swimmers.

Suggested price: £130
Buy from Amazon


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Jon Mundy 10 January 2018
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