There’s no denying, the future of fitness is digital. And with wearable technology being dubbed the number one fitness trend for 2022, it seems fitting to take a look at the best wearable technology on the market today that will help you achieve your fitness goals.
While you might think wearable technology is simply a smartwatch – helping you keep track of how many steps you take and how many calories you burn – a new generation of fit technology is hitting the market assisting you to track important information like endurance, performance and recovery when talking all thing fitness.
Fitbit is known for its easy-to-use Fitbit app and supporting ecosystem makes its namesake products a brilliant companion. Named by TechRadar as the ‘best fitness tracker’ on the market today, the Fitbit Luxe is the premium offering of Fitbit’s high-tech, fitness range. Offering a fashion-forward fitness tracker that monitors steps, sleep, stress levels, heart rate, respiration, and workouts – it’s everything you will ever need to get the results you need to help you improve. The Fitbit Luxe features a brilliant battery life of up to seven days and according to Fitbit charging to full takes around 1-2 hours.
Form Smart Swim Goggles
The Form Smart Swim Googles is the latest innovation to hit the market perfect for anyone who loves the water and competes in high-competition swimming. Dubbed the latest innovation of wearable technology for swimmers – these smart goggles make tracking your progress easier than ever.
The multi-functional technology features over 12 customisable metrics including split times, stroke rate/count, pace per 100, pace per 50, distance and calories all projected onto the see-through smart display. This piece of high-tech also offers a simple connection to smartphones via the FORM Swim App allowing for easy metric review outside the water.
Form suggests the high-tech swim goggles will give up to 16 hours of swim time on a single charge taking roughly an hour to charge the goggles to a flat battery to 80 per cent.
Garmin Forerunner 245
Likely the best all-round Garmin smart watch offered on the market currently the Garmin Forerunner 245 includes an accurate GPS, long-lasting battery and many types of work-out tracking features. The device tracks fitness metrics just as well as Garmin’s higher-end GPS watches with support for sleep, stress, blood oxygen saturation, and menstrual cycle tracking. It also has a great on-board music storage system and the small and lightweight design is brilliant for runners.
The Garmin’s battery life depends on the application. Garmin suggests up to seven days with activity tracking, smartphone notifications, and wrist-based heart rate but significantly lower at 24 hours with the GPS and wrist-based heart rate. In music mode, the smartwatch and fitness device offers an eight-hour battery life, meaning a charge during the day will be needed if you are listening to music during your workout.
Oura Ring Gen3
The small and attractive rival to the smart watch, is a surprisingly adept wearable. Constructed from titanium and with a water resistance of 100m, it’s designed to be durable in any situation. It’s designed to balance activity with recovery with research-grade sensors tracking work-outs, heart rate, sleep and recovery. Oura also offers a monthly subscription providing daily health insights, personalised recommendations, guided audio sessions, and scientific educational content through a features suite that is continually growing.
This is all housed in a stylish ring with bluetooth connectivity and up to seven day battery life. The Gen3 will also reach a full charge in 20-80 minutes and has better battery conversing features than the previous model.
The no screen, no GPS health tracker is based on a subscription model with a focus of recovery and heart rate. It’s the ultimate accessory for high performance athletes providing enhanced health insights through industry leading tracking and data. It’s unlikely to suit those who want a watch with apps on their wrist but is perfect for people who want to perform at their peak. The Whoop will offer metrics on everything from the standard, steps, calorie burn and gym sessions, to more in-depth details like blood oxygen level, skin temperature and sleep and recovery levels.
The Whoop 4.0 will provide 4-5 days of battery life on a full charge although the company says using Strain Coach and WHOOP Live for long periods of time can have an impact on battery life.
Apple Watch Series 7
The Apple Watch Series 7 is simple the best fitness-tracking smartwatch for iPhone users. The comprehensive watch features 14 different work-out modes that include walking, running, cycling, and strength training and through the Apple Fitness Plus app there’s access to hundreds. Apple’s most usable smartwatch yet, the Series 7 has a larger screen than previous models making everyday applications easier to navigate. If you’re looking for the closest thing to a phone on your wrist, this has to be in your short list.
The downside to the Apple Watch is the limiting 18-hour battery life that’s low compared to the rest of the market.
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