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The best tech to measure your health and fitness goals

17 May, 2017
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Being able to measure your progress is key to achieving goals, and luckily we live in a magical space age where a piece of plastic and digital watch-face can tell you more about your body than you can.

Just like every great idea you've ever had, now there's a piece of tech and accompanying app for it.

General fitness bands

Moov Now

Part fitness tracker and part personal coach, the Moov Now is designed to not only monitor your workout, but give you active coaching and feedback.

Features

Sports coach – The Moov Now will give you performance feedback in real time, telling you how to improve your running technique or if you should change your gears while cycling for better performance.

It’s loaded with a range of programs to help boost and track your sessions. The most popular feature of the Move Now is the boxing workout, which is basically a game using your smartphone. Simply follow the actions that appear on-screen and build up a sweat!

What can it do?

  • Tracks calorie burn
  • Step-counter
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Measures activity during the day

 

Running watches

The Garmin Forerunner 235 is a gorgeous little piece that is perfect for runners that want to know the ins and outs of their workouts.

Features

Unlike a lot of the competition, the Forerunner 235 has a spectacularly designed face that’s large without being bulky and easy to read at a single glance. The spunky watch can also get an estimate of your VO2 max (the maximum amount of oxygen that can be used during your workouts) and will measure your heartbeat throughout the entire day.

What can it do?

  • Tracks calorie burn
  • Records personal bests
  • Works as an accessory to smartphones (see texts, emails and calls from your wrist)
  • Step counter
  • GPS

Cycling accessories

Garmin Edge 520

For those who choose to deal with wheels, you can’t go wrong with the Garmin Edge 520. It might be on the pricey side for someone just looking to go on pleasure rides, but for people looking to measure, track and work towards a fitness goal, it’s the perfect accessory for your ride.

Features

The 520 has a huge, beautiful screen and interface, allowing you to check what’s going on at the merest tilt of the head. LiveTrack uses the Edge’s inbuilt GPS to give current updates on where you’re riding, which is perfect for those taking their ride off-road, and for partners that want a little extra peace of mind.

What can it do?

  • Weather alerts
  • Power analysis
  • Recovery advisor
  • Challenge your friends with on-board programs
  • VO2 gauge and advisor

 

Sleep Tracker

Jawbone UP3

Designed by Yves Behar, the Jawbone UP3 is among the most aesthetically pleasing fitness trackers in the current market. Its build is light and comfortable, meaning you’re likely to forget you’re even wearing it which is perfect for its advanced sleep tracking and coaching features.

Features

What differentiates the UP3 from its competition is its sleep tracking software. It’ll take into account your lifestyle, diet and activity and provide tailored advice on how you can get a better nights’ sleep. The accompanying app will inform you of how much sleep, and what type of sleep you’re getting.

What can it do?

  • Track heart rate
  • Bioimpedance sensors
  • Detects sleep time
  • Step counter
  • Meal tracker (as part of partner app)

 

Fitness apps

Runkeeper

Platforms: iOS and Android

Price: Free (In-app purchases)

Features:

  • Calculates running pace/cycling speed/route distance/elevation and calorie burn
  • Training plans
  • Weight loss plans
  • Share fitness activities and successes
  • Competition between friends

MapMyRun

Platforms: iOS and Android

Price: Free (In-app purchases)

Features:

  • Gear tracker – keep tabs on your shoes and when you might need to replace them
  • A huge selection of activities to choose from
  • Workout stats
  • Share your progress
  • 24/7 activity graph

Strava

Platform: iOS and Android

Price: Free (In-app purchases)

Features:

  • Track and analyse all your workout data
  • Measure your performance
  • Connect to the Strava social network
  • Beacon allows you to share your location with loved ones
  • Share photos of your running or cycling paths with the Strava community

Sleeping Apps

Sleepbot

Platform: iOS and Android

Price: Free

Features

  • Movement tracker
  • Sound recorder
  • Sleep debt log
  • Trend graphs
  • Sleep help

Pzizz

Platforms: iOS and Android

Price: Free

  • Sleep and nap modules
  • Music and sounds designed to encourage sleep
  • Input desired sleep duration
  • Choice of custom alarm from your music library
  • Offline playback

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