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7 Best Fitness Trackers for Seniors 2021

Updated: Dec 19, 2020

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First of all, let's answer this question:

Should seniors get a fitness tracker or smartwatch?

The simple answer is YES, but let's explore. Technology can sometimes become overwhelming and frustrating, especially when the learning curve is high. However, with the right tracker, seniors can get all of the benefits without the headache. Some of the main benefits that fitness trackers can provide are:

  • Telling time

  • Accessible, always on your wrist

  • Alerts of important message or calls

  • Silent alarms

  • Measure heart rate

  • Measure steps and other activities

Note: These require that you also have a smartphone to see the information that your watch may not show on its small screen.

While some can do much more than this, the features above are the main ones we will focus on with the recommendations below. These fitness trackers provide alerts with gentle vibrations so that you always get your messages regardless of where you left your phone, and they will show you who is calling you or who sent you a message. These trackers show your heart rate, which is important to know when you are pushing yourself too hard but can also show you when you are having heart issues if that is something you want to monitor. In fact, here are a few stories of how a fitness tracker saved a life. Lastly, fitness trackers also count your steps, which you may want to know if you are aiming for a certain number of steps every day as a goal to stay active, fit, and healthy.

You are here because you are interested in a smartwatch, in a fitness tracker, now let us guide you on which one to get. The list below covers the pros and cons of each pick, which were selected for features, ease of use, and durability.

Today's products are the following:

  1. Timex Metropolitan

  2. Fitbit Versa 3

  3. Apple Watch Series 6

  4. Samsung Galaxy Active 2

  5. Garmin Vivosmart 4

  6. Garmin Forerunner 35

  7. Fitbit Charge 4

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1. Timex Metropolitan

Pros: Timex watches have been a staple for quality and durability in the watch industry for decades, and this smartwatch is no different. It's stylish, comes in different colors, it is comfortable, and most importantly, it is useful for you. It works with any Android phone or iPhone, and you will be to easily pair it using Bluetooth. On top of it all, it has a large high-resolution screen to easily see the information you need. Here are the features we liked the most:

  • Water-resistant to 100 ft (don't be afraid to shower with it or drop it in the toilet)

  • Made of aluminum with gorilla glass (extremely durable)

  • 24/7 activity tracking

  • Heart rate monitor and GPS

  • Up to 12 days of battery life (when used carefully)

  • Music controls

  • Notifications of texts, emails, and calls

Cons: Some users complained that the sleep tracker is not as good as the one other models provide. If sleep tracking is something you are particularly interested in, we recommend you go with our second or third choice.

2. Fitbit Versa 3

Pros: Fitbit is one of the best-known brands in the world of fitness trackers, so this is naturally one of our top picks. In addition, it is extremely user friendly, or in other words, very easy to understand and learn. It has a lot of great features, such as having Alexa built-in! If you are used to Alexa in your home, this may be your pick. While it doesn't have the best battery life in the market, it does promise 6+ days of battery life, which is pretty great. Lastly, this is one of the most comfortable watches we have tried, along with the Apple watch. Here are its main features:

  • Includes a Large and a Small wristband

  • Built-in GPS for tracking your walk, run, or bike ride, all privately

  • Excellent heart-rate monitor

  • One-day charge in just 12 minutes

  • Excellent sleep tracker

  • Music controls

  • Water-resistant to 125 ft

  • Smart notifications

Cons: Few users have experienced glitches with Fitbit updates. We have not seen these issues ourselves, but know that Fitbit prides itself on great customer service in case you have any issues.

3. Apple Watch Series 6

Pros: This is the most expensive watch on the list, but again, it is an Apple device, which means that the quality and marksmanship will be unmatched. This is definitely the best-designed watch of all of these, and the best performing, it just has the third place because of the price compared to our other picks. This particular one is the latest Apple Watch, Series 6, in the smaller of the two sizes, which we believe is most comfortable. You are paying the most, so you can expect to have the most bells and whistles of any smartwatch out there. Here are the features we like the most:

  • Best heart rate monitor in the market (with ECG)

  • Excellent sleep tracking

  • Activity tracker, including steps and calories

  • Notifications for calls, messages, and everything in between

  • Access Siri from your watch

  • Irregular heart rhythm notification

  • Fall detection

  • Blood oxygen level tracking

For seniors, in particular, we love the last three on the list above.

Cons: There aren't any negatives with buying this watch other than the price, which may be inaccessible for some. However, if you can afford it, this should be your pick.

4. Samsung Galaxy Active 2

Pros: Samsung Galaxy watches have been some of the first in the market, and don't disappoint with their extensive list of features. We particularly like this watch for Android users, even though iPhone users will also be able to use any of its features through the Samsung app. It is stylish, coming in either aluminum or stainless steel for a durable, high-quality feel. We believe that this is the best activity tracker in the market, and also one that can be worn anywhere, at any time, because of the multiple band options it offers. Here are the features we love the most:

  • Great activity tracker to count steps and calories

  • Heart Rate monitor (detects and alerts on high and low heart rates)

  • Sleep tracker

  • Wireless charging

  • Pay with your watch (Android users)

  • Great battery life

Cons: Some of the features of this watch only work with Android phones, such as Galaxy pay. If you have an iPhone, this watch may not be the best fit for you.

5. Garmin Vivosmart 4

Pros: Along with Fitbit, Garmin is also one of the world's top brands in fitness trackers. This is not a watch like the ones you have seen so far, it has a black and white thin display. However, if you are looking for minimalism and simplicity without breaking the bank, the Vivosmart 4 is the watch for you. It is thin, light, and only has the features you need without all of the bells and whistles of other watches that you may consider a distraction. In addition, its battery can last up to 7 days continuously and it connects seamlessly to iPhones and Android phones. Here are the features we loved:

  • REM sleep tracker

  • Gauges blood oxygen levels

  • Heart rate monitor

  • Activity tracker

  • Vibration alerts and basic notifications

Cons: If you are looking for a high-quality watch made of aluminum or stainless steel, this is not the pick for you. The silicone band and plastic feel make it seem light and almost like a toy, but it does not sacrifice the features offered.

6. Garmin Forerunner 35

Pros: Like the number five choice above, this one is also in black and white and is more affordable than most other picks on this list; however, the screen is much larger and easy to read. If you have a hard time seeing up close or reading small letters, this may be a great option for you. The display size is 1 inch and is easy to read both indoors and outdoors. In addition, the watch comes in four colors, includes great bright options. Here is what we love about it:

  • Built-in GPS

  • 24/7 heart rate monitor

  • Vibration alerts and limited notification

  • Music controls

  • Compatible with Android and iPhone

Cons: The main issue with this watch is that the band is not as comfortable as the bands of other watches on this list. However, you can always get replacement bands of metal, silicone, or even leather and replace the original one.

7. Fitbit Charge 4

Pros: This is the second Fitbit on this list, but a much different one, with a slim minimalistic look and a black and white screen. If you are looking for all of the features, but want a seamless tracker that looks more like a bracelet than a watch, this may be your pick. It comes with two bands, L and S, and comes in two colors if you want one for you and your partner. It is lightweight, you will barely know it's there. Here are its main features:

  • Battery life up to 7 days

  • Optical heart rate monitor

  • Vibration alerts

  • Basic notifications

  • Activity tracker

Cons: If you are looking for a high-quality watch made of aluminum or stainless steel, this is not the pick for you. The silicone band and plastic feel make it seem light, but it is high-quality nonetheless.

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