Nowadays we’re constantly being told to keep fit. First it was the ‘five portions of fruit and veg a day’ advice, then it was the ’10,000 steps a day’ line. The five portions line has been largely discredited by almost all nutritionists (unless you fancy an overdose of starch and enough sugar to revive a woolly mammoth) and, let’s face it: who counts their steps? More and more of us are fighting to try and keep fit, but we often find we’re fighting a losing battle when it comes to keeping track of what we’re meant to do and whether or not we’ve done it.
Fortunately for us, though, the health revolution has come along at the same time as the technological revolution, and the two have fused to bring us a new range of fitness bands and trackers which are designed to help us to track our daily activity, calorie intake and even analyse our sleep in a bid to help us become healthier and live longer. It’s not just about physical health and longevity, though. Sleep tracking in particular is vital to your day-to-day wellbeing and psychological health. Having just the right amount of sleep (and the right type of sleep) will ensure you wake up feeling refreshed and able to have a productive and enjoyable day.
For those of us who are fascinated by this particular aspect of health, the Jawbone UP and Garmin Vivofit devices are ideal. The former is designed to look like a funky sporty wristband, whilst the latter looks like a rather cool futuristic watch. Both are available for under a hundred quid, too, which is peanuts compared to the advantages and health benefits they bring. What price do you put on your health?
If you’re more focused on activity levels and having an accurate idea of how many steps you’re taking each day, pocket and trouser-based devices such as the FitBit Zip are also available, meaning you can wear them discreetly if you wish. In terms of wearability, it’s difficult to beat the Misfit Shine. Although it’s not a market leader in terms of functionality and the information it provides, it can be worn almost anywhere on the body: as a wristband, pinned onto your clothing or even round your neck as a necklace.
The future’s looking very bright for fitness trackers, and they’re becoming increasingly popular all the time. The technology really is moving incredibly quickly, and as prices continue to fall and features and accuracy continue to rise, it’s likely that fitness trackers will become just as commonplace as smartphones have. And, let’s face it: they’re less than a fifth of the price and are there to track your health and keep you alive for longer, rather than just allowing you to play games and text your friends. Personally, I know which gadget I’d rather spend my money on.