2017 saw wearable fitness technology soar up. Sure, the real sports buffs had a heart-rate motor before, but now it seems that everyone has a smartwatch tracking their movements. The wearable fitness tech industry is expected to reach $12.4 billion by 2022 in the United States alone. Getting in shape doesn’t require crazy gadgets, but as people get more serious about their fitness so does the technology. As with everything in life, demand commands variety and as a consequence, there are hundreds of options, versions, and models out there.
It’s confusing, we know!
Therefore we have made a list of some of the biggest names and newest trends for you to have a basic idea.
What to Have in Mind
Before running off to spend your hard-earned cash, give these thoughts a ponder. What’s your sport? Every sport brings with it different needs and this should be reflected in your fitness gadgets. Thinking of being the next Michael Phelps? Look for a monitor that can go underwater such as TomTom Multi-Sport or Garmin Vivoactive.
Runners look for a device that can measure at least the basic parameters such as distance, time and heart rate and do so without the need to drag around your smartphone. A requirement frequently considered are watches that have an independent GPS included.
Step 2: Money Money Money
Set a budget. Prices have enormous ranges and it is easy to get carried away. Most fitness tech that has acceptable precision ranges from $50 – 250
Smartwatches are for the busy multitasker, allowing you to answer emails, read messages, manage your music, and pick up your phone, all while measuring the number of steps taken. If you are looking for a fitness gadget that will help you improve your health, this tech option may contain more features than necessary. More is not always better, so give it a good thought first. Some of the biggest names include: Apple Watch, Polar M600 and LG Watch Style.
Fitness trackers focus on your activity, heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, distance covered, and in some cases hours slept. It is not better nor worse, it simply depends on your preference and what you plan to use your gadget for. Just as with Smartwatches there is sea of options.
The quality of fitness trackers may vary greatly, so before buying keep the following in mind:
- Heart Rate monitor accuracy
- Battery life
- Supporting App
- Independent GPS
- Sleep monitoring
- Presence of Screen
- Extras features
Yes, you read correctly. Invisible trackers. It all depends on how serious you are about your fitness, how accurate it has to be or if you plan to wear it every day all day. The newest trends are trackers embedded in clothes or hidden in jewelry.
Whether you don’t trust yourself to remember to plug in your heart monitor or do not like the design of other fitness technology, these may be real options for you. Some new trackers out there include the JBL UA Sports Wireless Heart Rate Headphones, Under Armour Gemini, 3 RE smart shoes, or for the serious Athlete Myontec Mbody connected shorts.
Me, Myself and My Needs
With the thousands of options out there, it is difficult to choose. Make sure to take your time to consider what you are aiming for, what your needs are, and what you expect of your device. For ever person, there is a fitness gadget to match.