Once upon a time, people associated technology use with a sedentary lifestyle.
Tech enthusiasts got a bad rap as being couch potatoes and it was believed a fascination with gadgets was synonymous with unhealthy habits.
Thankfully, technology and health have come together in holy matrimony through the rise of wearable tech: health tracking gadgets you can wear. Wearable tech comes in many forms: it may look like a watch or wrist band or it could be a small clip for your clothes.
Technology has come a long way since those old pedometers that could only track your steps. Wearable fitness tech can now track how many calories you burn throughout the day, the quality of your sleep and can even act as a coach and motivator.
We love these helpful little gizmos, which is why we’ve stocked up over at the iiOnlineStore. Here are some our favourite devices for fitness.
Our latest sporty toy at the iiOnlineStore is the Jawbone UP3. This is Jawbone’s newest fitness tracker and has upgraded on previous models in several ways.
Firstly, it’s one of the most attractive fitness trackers on the market, with its slim and stylish profile. It also fits more snugly than ever before with an improved adjustable strap. But fashion aside, the new model is more water resistant, features enhanced and more complex sleep tracking and is the first Jawbone device to include a heart rate sensor.
Once the band has collected all of your sleep and fitness data, it sends this through to your Android or iOS smartphone using Jawbone’s app via Bluetooth. The software is clean and intuitive, providing great visual data that is easy to understand. It also features a ‘smart coach’ which encourages you towards you fitness goals by starting with small steps and moving towards larger achievements.
If the UP3 is just a bit too much of a strain on your wallet, try Jawbone’s earlier fitness tracker: The UP2. The UP2 still features most of the same great tracking, par the resting heart rate. You can still track activity, sleep and calories with this clever little gadget. If all you need is a basic fitness tracker, the UP2 is certainly the more economical choice at almost half the price of its successor.
If you want to strip right back to basics, give the Jawbone UP MOVE Activity Tracker a try. This compact little cutie clips to your clothes and you’re ready to go! The UP MOVE still boasts many of the features of your more advanced trackers and is the perfect option for people who are newer to using fitness tech. It’s incredibly simple to use, with a very affordable price tag.
For those that prefer a tracker that wraps around your wrist, never fear! Just keep watching this space for the arrival of the Jawbone UP MOVE regular wrist strap 3 pack. Just slip in your UP MOVE activity tracker to turn it into a wristband. The 3 pack means you can mix and match colours depending on your mood or outfit.
If you want to keep your smartphone on you, so you can keep up to date on your fitness apps while you exercise, keep an eye out for the Lifeproof LifeActiv Armband with Quickmount. Coming soon to the iiOnlineStore, this nifty band allows you to interact with your fitness apps on the go by keeping your smartphone securely strapped to your arm. No longer do you need to worry about your phone falling out of your pocket when you need to take it on a run! And with a trusted brand like LifeProof, you know your device is in good hands.
Okay, so it’s not technically a fitness gadget, but for many people like myself, music is absolutely paramount to a good work out session. When you’re sweating it out you want a hardy set of headphones with crisp sound, and the Extreme Mecha Earphones certainly deliver. Their tangle resistant 2-tone cables means you don’t have to worry about untangling knots before, during or after your workout.
How do you like to use tech to improve your fitness regime? Let us know in the comments below.
Photo credit: Jeff Drongowski
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