Our Top 5 Wearable Tech Fitness Products
When it comes to wearable tech, we’ve come a long way since the days of the humble pedometer. An industry that’s well and truly booming, statistics show that the number of connected wearable devices worldwide was at an already impressive 325 million in 2016, but in the three years since, has more than doubled to an estimated 722 million – with YouGov reporting that the number of people in the UK owning a wearable rose from 2% in 2014, to a massive 17 per cent in 2017.
Now that the wearables market is completely inundated with fitness tech – ranging from low-key fitness trackers, to sleek and elite smartwatches – feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of products is totally understandable. To help you pick the best wearable for you, we’ve rounded up our top five fitness tech MVPs.
If you're looking for a Smartwatch, then the gods at Apple have got you sorted. As well as fantastic extra tech attributes like heart rate and rhythm monitoring, alerts when you're playing music at decibels that could be bad for your hearing, and a massive choice of workout measurement styles to choose from, this watch will even call the emergency services if it detects that you've fallen over. Put simply, it's just wholeheartedly got your back.
It's also the most customisable watch from Apple yet - choose from aluminium, stainless steel, titanium or ceramic, as well as loads of colour options. Get designing!
Does what it says on the tin - tracks. Sleep, steps, heart rate, menstrual cycle, active hours, floors climbed - you name it, it's tracking it. Sure, you can't answer your phone on the Charge 3, but for someone keen for just a really comprehensive breakdown of everything about their body, with no frills attached, then getting a Fitbit is a solid idea.
With a lengthy battery life, and a sleek, sophisticated, and totally not clunky look, it's a brilliant everyday accessory for those who like stats sans the faff.
Hours slumped over a desk often leave you complaining of backache? This posture trainer boasts six precision enhanced sensors, and will send you small vibrations when you need to think about correcting how you're sitting. It's here to train your muscle memory, and encourage you to get into the habit of standing and sitting with better posture, and we're quite obsessed with it. Plus, it's adhesive and lightweight, so no bulkiness!
Keep a track of how you're doing in your posture training on the compatible app, where you'll find percentages showing how long you've slouched, versus how long you've been sitting upright.
Built for weightlifters who favour analytics and stats about the strength, power and momentum of each lift, rather than just a heart rate and calorie breakdown, the Beast Sensor is pretty in-depth. Measuring your power in watts, and speed in metres per second, the state-of-the-art motion sensors are ideal for tracking progress in the weights section of the gym. Review your performance on the app, create custom exercises, and compare with friends.
A lifting coach strapped to your arm - or attached to your barbell - Beast Sensor is the ultimate companion for those keen to track their muscle gain in an analytical way, and it also provides handy suggestions for adjusting loads, sets, or reps, based on your training goal.
Yep - you heard it right, the Finis Duo is an MP3 Player - not earbuds, headphones, or anything else along the 'sound blasted directly into the ear' line. Crystal clear audio with no need for uncomfortable ear buds, the sound vibrations travel through the cheekbones and into the ear via Bone Conduction Transmission - just clip them to your goggles and get swimming. With nothing directly blocking your ears, you'll also be more aware of what's going on around you - win, win!
Boasting a battery life of up to seven hours, and 4GB of storage (roughly 1,000 songs) that's compatible for music, audiobooks, podcasts and more, there's really no need at all to swim in silence.