4 fitness activity trackers for expats

Contributed by Allianz Care, 03 April, 2018

New year, new you, as the saying goes. Working as an expat can be a challenge when it comes to your fitness. You may have had to leave a beloved sports club or yoga class behind and don't know what's available in your new location.

What is a fitness activity tracker?

It is a wearable device that looks much like a watch or bracelet that you wear on your wrist.  They are designed to track your movement, calorie output, heart rate and some track your sleep patterns. Most are designed to work alongside an app you install on your smartphone.

Although initial studies on the benefit of fitness activity trackers provided mixed results, the devices have become much more sophisticated in the last few years.

What does an expat need in a fitness activity tracker?

Moving to a new country for work often presents some challenges, one of which are feelings of isolation, particularly if you are used to having a full and active social life at home. Wearables can offer some short-term assistance in alleviating these feelings through exercise, while you settle in to your new home.

Three things you should look out for in an activity tracker are:

Personalized goal setting: taking 10,000 steps a day was a standard goal on a fitness tracker. It is a fantastic goal to have and indicates you are moving lots in your day to day life but if you are only taking 3,000 steps a day when you start, it may be a little ambitious. Having the ability to set your own goals should help you stay on track.

Social network connection: for competition with or support from friends and family, no matter where they are in the world. This is particularly useful in the early days of an expat assignment. Haven't found a running group in your destination yet? Run against your buddy from home until you do.

Easy to read and understand reporting: this is key to monitoring and understanding your progress. The early fitness activity trackers often had confusing or complex reporting that was difficult to understand and interpret. However, most activity tracker apps in 2018 focus on simplicity when it comes to reporting.


Four fitness activity trackers for expats in 2018:

Although there are a huge range of options when it comes to fitness activity trackers we have chosen four we believe would be good options for someone working abroad*.


Garmin Vivosmart 3

Best for: expats who love to swim

Do you feel most at home in the water? Then this may be the fitness activity tracker for you. Not only is it waterproof, it has a great battery life, so you don't have to worry about charging it all the time either.




Moove now

Best for: expats on a budget

Money a little tight? Then this may be the fitness tracker for you. Although it doesn't have a screen on the wearable as most others do, once you install the app it will track a lot of data. It is also waterproof, so no worries if you want to bring it to the pool.




Garmin Forerunner

Best for: expats who are serious athletes

Love to run? This series of wearables may be the right one for you. There are a variety of different models, each one offering something slightly different, from essential running data to advanced running metrics. Although pros and cons vary by model, below are some that are applicable to most.




Apple watch series 3

Best for: expats who love Apple products

Are you already kitted out with an iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Apple TV? Then the Apple Watch Series 3 may be the fitness activity tracker for you. Although fitness tracking isn't its primary function, it is something the newest version of the watch does well. The best news is it can also double up as your phone and wallet, so you can leave both at home while you exercise.




As well as monitoring your fitness while you are working abroad, don't forget to look after your health with international health insurance from Allianz Partners, International Health.

*Allianz Partners are in no way affiliated with the wearable devices listed above. They are suggestions only. We suggest thoroughly researching the product that is right for you.

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