Get fighting fit for summer with the right tech



Whether you’re training for a marathon or just want some encouragement to get off the couch, our pick of fitness tech will get you moving in time for summer…

 

Want to get in shape for the summer? We can point you in the right direction by helping you choose the right fitness tracker.

Wearable tech collects data on your physical activity – which you can use to stay motivated and improve your performance.

Here’s how to pick the right device for you:

 

Training for a marathon

In a nutshell: Ensure you’re ready (as you’ll ever be) for your next ultra-challenge with a GPS-enabled activity trackerGarmin Vivosport

Counting down the days and weeks until that marathon you signed up for months ago?

Get more from your training in the run-up to the big event with an activity tracker with built-in GPS. Map your route without having to link it to your smartphone.

The Garmin Vivosport is a great option for serious training sessions, and lasts for eight hours in GPS mode. With it you can:

  • Set tailored training plans to suit your half-marathon or full marathon distance
  • Measure stress levels over time with the heart rate variability monitor
  • See the screen clearly in direct sunlight while running outdoors
  • Follow your training plan and chart your progress on the Garmin Connect smartphone app

Get the Garmin Vivosport

 

Goes for days and days

In a nutshell: The fitness tracker that looks and feels like you’re wearing a watch with plenty of bells and whistles

Nokia Steel HR

The Nokia Steel HR fitness watch has the looks and features to impress. Lasting up to 25 days on a single charge, you can count on it mile after mile.

Plus it’s water resistant up to 50 metres, so you can go from the shower to the treadmill to the pool without needing to take it off.

With it you can:

  • Track your heart rate throughout the day and night – ideal for truly understanding your heart health
  • Automatically track what type of activity you’re doing – checking at a glance how active you’ve been all day
  • Look super-stylish when you’re not working out with interchangeable silicon straps and stainless steel casing
  • Feel like you’ve got a personal trainer thanks to the Health Mate app that helps you set goals and stay motivated

Check out the Nokia Steel HR

 

All-rounder

In a nutshell: Like the idea of getting fitter but struggle with motivation? A mid-range fitness tracker can help keep you on trackFitbit Alta HR

Go for a tracker you can wear 24/7 to get accurate monitoring of any activity you do. From the steps you take walking to work, to a sweat-inducing session at the gym.

The Fitbit Alta HR is a good choice. It tracks steps taken, distance covered and calories burned – all in a slim design you can slip on your wrist and forget it’s there.

With it you can:

  • Set daily goals like steps taken or active minutes per hour to keep you motivated. Get reminders to hit an hourly target of 250 steps
  • Improve the quality of your sleep with the built-in sleep tracker. Record how much rest you’re getting and set targets to improve it
  • Automatically log any exercise you do with Smart Track – so you won’t need to program it to start recording when you’re at the gym
  • Sync fitness data with your smartphone using the Fitbit app and see graphs mapping your progress over time

Check out the Fitbit Alta HR

 

Fitness nut

In a nutshell: You’re already a gym bunny but you’ve hit a slump in your regime. Use a tracker with a built-in heart rate monitor to take your workouts to the next level

Fitbit Charge 2

A heart rate monitor can improve your training by showing you how hard you’re working during exercise.

Maintain intensity during your workouts with the Fitbit Charge 2, which is fitted with a PurePulse heart rate monitor. Check your heart rate at a glance and adjust the amount of effort you’re putting in – step it up if you need to or back off if you’re pushing yourself too hard.

With it you can:

  • Use it for different types of workout – from cardio and weights, to HIIT and yoga. It can automatically recognise when you’re exercising and start tracking
  • Record your running or cycling route with GPS tracking – and get stats on run time, distance, pace and elevation
  • Enjoy a distraction-free workout – sync it with your smartphone and control your gym playlist from your wrist
  • Relax after a tough workout with a personalised breathing session to help you keep calm throughout the day

Check out the Fitbit Charge 2

 

Everyday fitness tracking for beginners

In a nutshell: A slim, lightweight tracker you can wear all the time to record how many steps you do

Goji Go

So you’re determined to prise yourself off the couch and get active. You want a basic fitness tracker that will help you get the daily exercise you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

You can oversee everyday activities with a Goji activity tracker.

With it you can:

  • See how many steps you’ve done throughout the day, and how many calories you’ve burnt
  • Set daily goals and receive alerts when you achieve them by syncing your device with your smartphone.
  • Monitor sleep patterns – discover how long you sleep for each night and how often you wake up
  • Go for seven days without having to charge your tracker

Check out the Goji Go activity tracker

A new Goji tracker that measures your heart rate is on its way too. Stay tuned with TechTalk for more info soon…

 

Getting the kids active

In a nutshell: A fun fitness tracker that helps younger members of the family burn off a few caloriesGarmin vivofit Jr

If you’re worried that your child isn’t get enough exercise, a fitness tracker specifically designed for youngsters might give them the gentle encouragement they need to get off their computer.

The Garmin vivofit Jr 2 comes in a range of fun, vibrant designs that will appeal to kids.

With it you can:

  • Track steps, sleep and active time, and set daily 60-minute activity goals
  • Keep it going for a year or more – it’s battery powered so doesn’t need to be charged
  • Control it via the parent app on your mobile device
  • Assign chores and other daily tasks – perfect for children who need reminders to brush their teeth and make their beds

Check out the Garmin vivofit Jr 2

 

Ready to get fighting fit? Find your motivation with our range of fitness bands and watches