Now that wearable fitness tracking has become so popular, working out without one seems just wrong.
But choosing one can become overwhelming. They have to be comfortable and attractive, but also fit your lifestyle. No matter what your needs are, there’s never been a better time to optimize your workouts.
The good news is they are not just on your wrist anymore.
Garmin Instinct 2 Solar
Garmin’s most popular watch is somewhat chunky, with a technical aesthetic. You get access to Garmin’s multiple satellite systems and navigational features, and the battery lasts up to three weeks, even with multiple activities per day.
It has sports-specific styles such as the Surf Edition (also Tactical and Esports versions) that is compatible with a surf forecasting company to see tide data and track your surfing.
Fitbit Charge 5
This is attractive, affordable and easy to use even though it gives the Apple Watch some competition. The Charge 5 fast-pairs Apple and Android phones and has GPS to track outdoor workouts.
It can also detect atrial fibrillation through its new Heart Rhythm Notifications feature. The cost is $10 per month, or $80 per year, for a subscription.
Apple Watch Series 8
If you have an iPhone, then you’ll probably want an Apple Watch. It is arguably the best fitness tracker out there if you have an iPhone. Features include in-depth running metrics, medication logging, blood oxygen and sleep tracking.
The updated Series 8 even comes with body-temperature sensors to track menstrual cycles and Crash Detection, which can sense a car crash and alert emergency services.
Whoop 4.0 Any-Wear Clothing
Whoop also has a wrist fitness tracker, but its wearable tracker can be worn in its Any-Wear smart apparel including boxers, bralettes, leggings, performance tops and more.
It gets up close and personal, even telling wearers how much physical strain they can handle each day. Whoop has a $30 monthly subscription.
Nadi X Yoga Pants
If yoga is your game, these pants are just what you need in tree pose. The pants can sense when your yoga pose needs refining, and using haptic feedback, the smart pants create gentle vibrations throughout the fabric on the body part you need to adjust to correct your form and posture.
The companion app has instructions for poses and proper yoga flows. They are available for men and women and are machine washable after removing the battery pack.
Sensoria Fitness Socks
These socks have advanced textile sensors built into each sock, plus a Core device that snaps into the dock attached to the sock to deliver precise data on how your foot lands while walking or running. This helps identify injury-prone running styles.
The connected app tracks your steps, speed, calories, altitude and distance as well as the impact score generated as you walk or run. It also offers tips to improve your walking and running technique.