It’s hard to believe December is already around the corner. The countdown to Christmas is always fun, with lots of parties, drinks and social catch-ups taking place. We all tend to indulge and unwind during the festive season, but it feels good to get back into a routine afterwards! And whether you’re already a fitness fanatic or simply keen to increase your movement (30 mins of moderate activity five days a week is the recommendation for adults), wearable fitness trackers are a great way to keep track of your activity.
What are Wearables?
For anyone unfamiliar with the concept, fitness wearables are ‘smart’ electronic devices worn on the body (most commonly, as watches). They’re smart because they track your activity – counting how many steps you take in a day and measuring your heart rate via your pulse. There are lots of brands on the market; Fitbit, Samsung, Garmin and Samsung, to name but a few. They all offer a personalised analysis of your current health and fitness level, allowing you to set goals in order to get fitter. As technology continues to advance, wearables in turn are becoming more sophisticated, offering all manner of innovative health solutions…
Fitbit is probably one of the most well-known activity trackers. Founded back in 2007, this American company has released several iterations of its famous wearable, the latest being the sleek Charge 3. Lightweight, durable and water resistant to 50m, the Charge 3 lets you know when you’re in the ‘fat burn’, ‘cardio’ or ‘peak zone’ as you work out, so you can understand the impact of different fitness routines on your body. Women can use it to chart their ovulation cycle (when used with the Fitbit app), and the Pay function even lets you make contactless payments.
A Bite of the Apple
Apple also has a wearable on the market, in fact, the tech giant recently unveiled its Apple Watch 4. Boasting a bigger screen than its predecessors (44mm), 4’s interface is very user-friendly. What’s more, it comes with an electrocardiogram, or EKG. This means it not only tracks fitness levels, but actually monitors your heart rate – picking up any abnormal rhythms and potentially flagging a serious medical condition. The 4 has another interesting new feature too; fall detection. Particularly useful for older users, this function analyses wrist trajectory and impact acceleration, determining if a hard fall has occurred. This delivers an alert to the watch, allowing the user to easily call emergency services.
Given how handy these futuristic gadgets have become, fitness tracker watches certainly make for a great Christmas gift. However, you should probably suss out your partner, friend or family member before making a purchase; you don’t want to offend them by implying they need to get in shape! They’ll likely be delighted with their innovative new piece of tech – especially given how popular they’ve become in recent years, but it’s probably one to approach sensitively.
With our BeneFit plans, you can claim €50 back on selected fitness wearables. Find out more here.