Best Wearables For Fitness and Health
I see more and more people wearing fitness tracker and smartwatches. We also got one for my dad for Christmas as he is cycling a lot and likes to know about his burned calories and heart rate. So far, he has used his bike computer to track distance and speed, his scale to measure his weight, and his pulse monitor to measure his pulse. Thus, I thought, a fitness tracker might be a great gift that combines it all in one and he can always wear it and change his behaviour. I, personally, take steps instead of the escalator or elevator to collect steps and burn calories. I like to see all my circles closed on my Apple Watch at the end of the day. It definitely changed my behaviour. I am more cautious about what I’m doing.
So, if you think about getting a fitness tracker as well or giving one to a friend or family member, I would like to help you to make your choice. This is a collaborative article that introduces three selected wearables to you.
The market has grown and expanded in the past years to cater to different sports and aspects of health. We look at the best wearables for fitness and health and whether wearables do increase the amount of time people spend exercising.
Samsung Gear Fit 2
A factor in deciding what wearable to purchase will depend on whether you are an iOS or Android user. Digital Trends, who give a good overview of fitness trackers, chose the Samsung Gear Fit 2 for Android users as it combines the best of a fitness band with the technology of a smartwatch. The technology site was impressed with the auto-workout tracking that allows users to exercise without having to set up the fitness band each time. The sleek design was also highly praised, as was the band’s ability to automatically sync with the S Health app.
Garmin Forerunner 235
If you are a casual or serious runner then Cnet recommend the Garmin Forerunner 235. The site reports that the accuracy of the GPS for tracking running along with the 24/7 heart-rate monitor makes it perfect for runners. The band is compatible with both iPhones and Android devices. The band represents great value for money as it is on the market for only $330.
After dominating the smartphone market Apple has also made a move to conquer the wearables market through the Apple Watch. Market researcher FXCM informs that the Apple Watch (then known as the iWatch) was in development while Steve Jobs was still at the company and the devices have retained his style of user friendliness. 2016 saw the release of the Apple Watch 2, which was geared to expanding the wearable market to sports such as swimming. In September, LittleMsMobile.com pointed to a site that reviewed the performance of the watch from a swimmer’s perspective. MacRumors commended the swimming-tracking mode and noted how it sensed individual strokes to “calculate distanced travel, elapsed time, and calories burned.” The site did report that while the watch is ideal for lane swimming it falls short if attempting varied swim workouts such as interval training.
With the Apple Watch 2 series, Apple focused on improving its functionality for sports like running and swimming, or generally water sports. It also includes new move goals for wheelchair users by adjusting the move goals to their movements. Below, you’ll find the Apple promo video that shows the Apple Watch in use at diverse sports disciplines.
The advantages of wearables in tracking different factors of a workout are huge. Yet there has been some debate over how effective all this information is and whether it encourages more people to continuously exercise. IFL Science compiled several challenges wearables face with the number one spot being abandonment. The site informs that after six months a study showed a sharp drop in wearable activity. The study believed that the joy of tracking diminishes after extended time in the same way New Year resolutions to get fit are abandoned by March. A wearable is only as useful if the user exercises and is motivated.
Yet the site did have some suggestions to where wearables might succeed. One area was that wearables should be ‘wear and forget’ and automatically track when the user engages in activity. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 has this feature making it not only one of the best designed wearables but also the one most likely to be used past six months.
I hope you liked this overview and that it inspired you to look for the right fitness tracker for you or a friend. What is your experience with Fitness Trackers? Have you tried one? If so, which one? Did you continue exercising? Did it change your behaviour or did you get frustrated with it as it didn’t show what you wanted to see? I am excited to hear your thoughts!
Have a great day!