Top Wearable Technologies to Improve your Workout
When it comes to our fitness, we’re always looking for a way to get that edge. Whether it’s a new fitness supplement or a better way to deadlift, we want the very best. In years gone by, the only way to measure these improvements was either on the scale or in the mirror. Now, we’ve got wearable technology, and that’s changed the game entirely.
The rudimentary step trackers of the past have given way to high-tech wearable devices which can track your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, dehydration, altitude and much, much more.
Today, the modern fitness fanatic can return home from a hard workout and study the numbers their wearable provides to get a vital glimpse into the numbers behind that sweat.
So, in this guide, we’ll share with you the three best wearable technologies for all budgets to help take your workout to the next level.
For Big Budgets & Big Requirements – Microsoft Band 2
Cost: RRP £199.99
If you’re serious about tracking your workouts, then the Microsoft Band 2 presents the most comprehensive option available at the moment. With a curved AMOLED screen up top, a 2 day battery life and the ability to sync notifications with your smartphone it might seem like a smartwatch at first blush, but that’s not where its strength lies.
The Band 2 instead excels in tracking a huge range of activities, thanks to 11 sensors. It features a barometer for measuring altitude and track stairs and hills climbed, plus an accurate optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor, microphone and a galvanic skin response sensor.
Those sensors mean that the Band 2 is perfectly placed to track you at the gym, on a run, out cycling, playing golf and countless other sports. Put simply, if you’ve got the money to spend and need the features, the Band 2 is an ace option.
For Medium Budgets & High Expectations – Fitbit Charge 2
Cost: RRP £119.99
If you don’t need such hard-core tracking abilities but still want a serious tracker, the FitBit Charge 2 is an excellent option. Loved by critics and users alike, it’s not cheap, but it’s got a 5 day battery life, a comfortable design and excellent tracking.
The major downside here is the lack of built in GPS which means that you’ll have to bring your phone out if you want accurate measuring of your runs. That’s a shame, but it doesn’t undercut just how solid a fitness tracker the Charge 2 truly is. For most people, it’s a great choice.
For Small Budgets & Smaller Expectations – Withings Go
Cost: RRP £50
For £50 you can get the Withings Go, which has a fun circular e-ink screen which shows a little information and a wrist-watch design which wouldn’t look out of place amongst your regular attire. Best of all though? Its battery lasts a full 8 months without needing a replacement.
Unfortunately it doesn’t have GPS or a heartrate monitor like our other two recommendations, but it’ll track your movement, sleep and other basic fitness tasks.