Fitness trackers we love
Over the past few years wearable technology has become more and more prevalent, and the array of products available has continued to grow. One of the biggest areas where wearable tech is shining is in fitness and health tracking. There are so many devices out there, and some that have unique features that can't be found across the board. Choosing which wearable tracker is right for you can be a bit difficult, so we thought we'd list a few devices that have caught our eye.
The Fitbit Flex is one of our favourite devices because of its simple design and functionality. The Flex tracks steps, calories burned, distance travelled, sleep, and how many minutes you've been active in the day. All stats can be viewed via the Fitbit app for your smartphone. In addition to being a great, everyday tracker, one of the reasons we love the Flex is because the band itself can actually be swapped over so you can change both the size and colour of your device.
The Moov Now is a different kind of wearable tracker - instead of logging steps and sleep activity, etc, it works to coach you through your workouts and even provides real time feedback as you work out! The Moov Now can be worn on your wrist or leg, and its sensors can coach you on your form for a variety of activities such as running, swimming, boxing and cycling. It can even coach you through the 7 minute workout and counts your reps for you.
Perhaps one of the most, if not THE most (depending on the model you buy) expensive tracker out there, the Apple Watch is a star among smart watches and fitness trackers. With thousands of apps the Apple Watch can do tons of great things. You can answer calls and texts, play your music, and even pay using contactless! And its health and fitness support is great too. You can monitor your heart rate and keep track of your steps for one. It also keeps track of how much you stand in a day and the Workout app can help you monitor your workouts and push you to keep going!
Under Armour Gemini 2 trainers
Packed full of sensors, the Under Armour Gemini 2 RE trainers, are the fitness tracker your feet never knew they needed. The running shoe can store data all on its own, meaning you don't need to keep your smartphone with you to ensure the data is collected. In fact, the trainers can log up to five runs between syncing with your phone! They'll track distance travelled, pace, cadence, and time, to name a few.
Speedo Shine by Misfit
If you're a keen swimmer then you'll want to check out the Speedo Shine from Misfit. There aren't a ton of waterproof fitness trackers out there, so this is a great option if you're hoping to track your swims. In addition to tracking the normal stats - steps, calories etc, you'll also be able to keep track of your underwater workouts - including how many laps you've done and how far you've swum.
The majority of trackers out there are worn as wristbands, but there are a few notable exceptions to this rule. One new entry to the market is the OmSignal Bra - a sports bra with a built in device to track stats from your workout. It's so new, in fact, that it's not even available yet - though it is coming Spring 2016 according to the website! We think this is going to be a great addition to the market due to the deeper biometric insights the OmSignal Bra offers. In addition to the standard tracking features (steps, distance, calories etc) it can also track your heart rate, breathing rate, and how much you're pushing yourself during strength training. It collects all this data and then sends it to your smartphone to give you great insight into your workout. The OmSignal bra is made up of two parts, the actual sports bra and then a small box that's placed within the bra to record the data. The box can be removed when the bra is being washed or can be shared between multiple OmSignal bras.