The summer might still seem a long way off, but it’s never too soon to make a start on your summer body. A lot of experts will tell you that you should be taking 10,000 steps a day. But, if you’ve ever tried to count your daily steps, you’ve got too much time on your feet. That’s why many trackers exist; tech created to help us keep count of each and every step.
But it can be difficult to work out which gadget or gizmo is right for you. So, to help you out, we’ve broken down the best you can buy — and how they can slip under your cuff, under the radar and into your daily routine.
Wristband trackers will sit smartly on your wrist
Wristbands pack a lot of tech into their slim silhouettes. Our first choice, from Garmin, has some excellent features for the man always on the go, with continuous stress tracking so you can keep an eye on your well-being throughout the day.
It can also keep track of exactly where you are and, once you’ve done your run, you can compare with your friends through the Garmin Connect app — just in case you needed another reason to compete with your colleagues.
While they may be better known for their smartphones, this tracker from Huawei offers some great technological benefits — such as a sleep cycle tracker and a V02 max calculator. And there’s no need to worry about taking it for a dip thanks to a 50m water resistance.
Or, if you want to go for the biggest name in fitness tracking, Fitbit today announced a reimagining of the traditional health and fitness tracker. Not only will the Inspire HR track your heart rate around the clock, but it will also tell you what ‘zone’ your heart rate is in.
So, if you want to burn some fat, you know exactly how hard to get your heart pumping to achieve your goals. And, when you need a moment or two of calm, the Inspire HR will take you through a guided breathing session.
If you’re looking to pack a little extra tech onto your wrist then these smartwatches — designed specifically to help you reach your fitness goals — are perfect for you.
The one thing most of us can’t work out without is some music, and luckily this device from Garmin can store up to 500 songs. Also expect 15 pre-loaded sports apps that will help you through any exercise you can think of. And, when you’re done and need to buy a recovery drink, it has Garin Pay to allow you to pick up something isotonic.
The stylish and minimal design of this watch that is yet to be released, yet some details of Samsung’s latest have slipped under the radar. This small piece of tech can tell you your blood pressure on the go and, if you pick up one of their latest S10 phones, you can wirelessly charge your watch simply by laying it on the screen of the phone.
Everyone has heard of the Apple Watch, but this time they have teamed up with Nike to create the perfect fitness tracker. With access to the Nike Training Club and the myriad exercise opportunities this offers, you can also connect this watch to compatible gym equipment to get super accurate tracking of your workout. And, if you were to ever need it, the watch can also send an ECG reading to your doctor.
Slipping discreetly away, these trackers won’t cramp your style — but will keep you on top form as you go about your day.
They may seem like a normal pair of socks at first glance, but these pieces of wearable tech from Sensoria are able to tell you how your feet are landing when your run, which helps you avoid injuries and run for longer. With the accompanying app, you also get the option to compare how you run with different trainers, making sure you optimise your workout outfit.
This slim, stylish ring has some incredible technology packed inside it. Slip Motiv’s offering on and you won’t have to take it off to charge for three days. What’s more, in that time, it will track everything from your sleep patterns to the minutiae of your workouts. And no need to worry about this ring if you’re a swimmer; it’s got 50m water resistance to protect all of that tech.
Strap this on under your running top and head out with the confidence that everything you do is being tracked with pinpoint accuracy. It keeps track of six running metrics for you, from your vertical oscillation to your ground contact-time balance. And, while we’re not 100 per cent sure what that means, we’re sure glad that Garmin can track it for us.
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