How many steps do you take in a day? If you’ve entered the world of wearable technology, you probably already know. Taking 10,000 steps (almost 5 miles) a day is an ideal goal to have but, really, increasing the amount of steps you walk on an average day, in any way, puts you on the road to a healthier lifestyle.
Throughout their popularity, pedometers, fitness trackers and smart watches have transformed to become more convenient to use. Companies such as Garmin, Pebble Steel and FitBit present the best in high-tech wearable technology. Let’s examine some of the best wearable gadgets, and learn how you can use them to up the ante on your health.
Garmin Forerunner 620
If you are a marathon runner or a general jogger then this is the watch for you. This waterproof, lightweight gadget connects to your phone through Bluetooth. When connected to Wi-Fi, it automatically updates its software and uploads all your new data. It features the Garmin Connect app, so that you—or anyone you want—can see where you are, making your late night or early morning workouts safer. Other features include: calories burned, auto pace, heart rate alerts, run or walk alerts and a training calendar. After you’ve finished your run, you’ll be given a real-time assessment on how your body has recovered, and the watch will be in recovery countdown mode until the next time you are ready to exercise.
Tip: If you enjoy long walks and are looking to burn fat by walking more everyday, remember that 1 mile is about 1500 steps and you, on average, burn 100 calories by walking a mile. Try adding a mile or two to whatever you are already walking in a day.
Move over Apple Watch, the Pebble Steel takes the most important alerts on your phone and makes it more stylishly accessible on your wrist. This fashionable and waterproof accessory allows you to take calls, text messages, control your music and answer emails. Use the Misfit app to automatically track your sleep patterns and your daily steps. When any new notifications or alerts happen on your phone, your Pebble Steel will vibrate on your wrist. You can even use your watch as your alarm, making it a healthier and more respectful way to wake up in the morning.
Tip: Research shows that getting at least 7.5 hours of sleep at night can actually help you lose weight. Use your fitness tracker to watch your sleep patterns, and aim to get plenty of sleep for a healthier and more energized day.
Fitbit Charge HR
The Fitbit Charge HR is a comfortable wristband that you can personalize with various colors. This clever little accessory keeps track of the steps you take, your heart rate, the distance you travel and the calories you burn. Fitbit HR can also track how well you’re sleeping based on your body movement. The x-factor with this device is the built-in heart rate monitor. While wearing chest monitor is the most accurate, reviewers have deemed this wireless wearable as getting pretty darn close.
Tip: Research shows that if you want to effectively burn fat, high intensity interval training works best. Aim to alternate between a lower workout heart rate (say a jog) and then amp it up to the highest intensity you can manage (like a sprint). Wearables with a heart rate monitor can help you keep track of your progress and how far you can push yourself. Try one of our suggested playlists to match your heartbeat.
*Main photo courtesy of FitBit
Author: Mariel Sahad