It’s time to incorporate fitness technology into your daily routine. It encourages us to move, track and plan workouts. With gadgets and apps being able to analyse progress and do all the maths for us, all that’s left for us to do is move as much, and as effectively as we can.
Whether you’re a marathon runner, or it’s your first time hitting the gym or the pavements, we’ve sourced the best apps and gadgets. This fitness technology is guaranteed to help you hone your ‘summer body’.
If you enjoy distance walking over HIIT workouts, listening to podcasts is the perfect way to pass the time (and not listen to the same playlist over and over!). It’s easy to get caught up focusing on all the juicy information, so the miles will fly by. Oprah’s “Soul Conversations” are informative and inspiring. They last for roughly an hour and you can find them on the podcast app on Apple. Happy listening!
Pedometer, £6.99 HAPTIME at amazon.co.uk
One of the most effective and common pieces of fitness technology on the market is the pedometer. If you’re trying to get more steps in to your day, it’s important to have one of these clipped to you at all times. Nothing is more motivating than being able to track your progress and compare your stats to the day before. Get off public transport one stop before your destination; walk up the escalators and smash the recommended 10,000 steps. An alternative is using the “Health” app on your iPhone. (Remember you need to have your phone on you at all times).
Powerbeats 3 Wireless Earphones, £169.00 Apple apple.com
One of best wireless earphone options on the market. They give great quality sound – no strings attached! Having no wires or cords dangling about, makes working out that little bit easier. Not to mention that the time saved on detangling cables can be spent working out. They have good battery life and are sweat resistant — bonus!
We all know how great a good song can make us feel, and how much harder we work when the beat matches our effort. Fit Radio has countless exercise-oriented music mixes at your fingertips, including running playlists designed to make you keep your pace. All you need to do is set your target heart rate and choose a playlist. You can also set intervals, track runs, and share your favourite tunes. If you’re struggling for ideas, the radio has audio-coached workouts. Membership is £2.99 a month and can be downloaded from the App Store.
Being constantly connected to the world through social media apps can be great motivation. In just a few clicks, we can be connected with other like-minded people on a fitness mission. Spark People or LfConnect (both free to join) are some of the more popular social media fitness apps, where you can join a fitness community. Share your workouts, have your questions answered and loads more. If you’re after a bit of healthy competition, apps like Fitocracy and Teemo connect you with your friends to see how they are tracking.
For a more personal fitness ritual, Project356 encourages you to take a photo a day, which gets stored in a calendar on your phone. Collect photos of something you’ve done each day that works towards your fitness goals.
Although social media can be a great tool for motivation, if you find the pressure of it too much, or if you are spending more time scrolling your feeds at the gym than you are sweating, it’s time to delete those apps off your phone! We’re not saying forever, just while you are at the gym — apps such as Freedom and AppBlock let you set the times that you can and can’t go on certain apps/sites.
Workout Trainer Apps
Skimble’s Workout Trainer app offers thousands of workouts regardless of your fitness level. Each workout has step-by-step audio and video instructions, which means that you’ll never be stuck for workout ideas, or left unsure how to do an exercise.
Touch Fitness Tracker, £79.99 TOM TOM at argos.co.uk
Activity trackers have become discreet, and even fashionable, meaning you can keep them strapped to you all day to track your exercise levels and general health. It’s important to have an understanding of your sleep habits, resting heart rate and total steps per day, to know if you are improving.
More often than not, we are unaware of how much we are under-performing in these areas, but an activity tracker puts the information right in front of you! TomTom Touch Fitness tracker is a cut above the simple trackers. It features a body scanner, which gives feedback on your lean muscle-fat ratio and can withstand any element thrown at it. But, for a simple, well-known fitness technology brand, any Fitbit will do the trick. Make sure whatever you are getting; it has a heart rate monitor feature incorporated!
The Apple Watch is a crowd favourite for its looks, but if you are someone who forgets to charge all the various gadgets we have in our lives, this one probably isn’t for you.
Strength Measuring Wearables
Gymwatch Sensor, £99.00 Gym Watch gymwatch.com
Fitness technology has come so far it that can now measure strength. Small wearables are doing all the maths for us – measuring motion and explosiveness to give us strength data. Free weights, body weight, pulleys or barbells; it can all be tracked by gadgets such as Strenx by GymWatch and Beast Sensor, two of the biggest products on the market in this area. They aren’t cheap, and have been known to have slight software issues, but if you are looking to build some serious muscle, they may be worth the investment.