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Wearable tech for winter fitness


Short of actually getting outside and getting on with it, wearable tech it s 21st century fitness enthusiast’s most trusty ally in making the route to fitness easier and more productive. So here’s what’s on the top of our wearable tech list for winter fitness…

Waterproof iPhone 7

It may have new colours, a faster processor and a longer battery life than its predecessors, but what we really love about the iPhone 7 is that it’s waterproof, and in lieu of a headphone jack, the tech gurus have introduced a Lightning port which is commonly used for power and file transfers, for audio, or wireless headphones such as those made by Apple’s Beats headphones brand. Lightning connector headphones and a Lightning-to-analogue adapter will be included with the new iPhone. Apple also announced a new set of its EarPod in-ear buds, this time without the cable, called AirPods, which it hopes will ease the transition from the headphones port. From a sports point of view – less faff, much easier to get along with and not likely to be destroyed in a downpour.

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

When it comes to fitness trackers, the market it getting evermore complicated to navigate, but the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ won Fitness Tracker of the Year at the Wareable Tech Awards 2016 for its range of features and high performance. It offers a great mix of activity, heart rate and GPS tracking, although run stats are limited to pace, distance and basic HR, it’s an ideal all-rounder.

Tickr X Workout Tracker

Providing you with a seven minute reps based workout tracker that uses bodyweight exercises to get fit, the Tickr X combined with a free app on iTunes gives you a bit of guidance when it comes to strength training exercises in the park on those cold, brighter winter days. The beauty of it is that it can turn your run/cycle around town into a complete workout, or it means you can put a spare seven minutes here and there to good use!

Jabra Sport Pulse

If you don’t go down the iPhone 7 AirPod route, then try out the Jabra Sport Pulse Bluetooth headphones with heart-rate tracking built in. The carbon encased earphones place the heart rate tracker right in the inner-ear. They also team up with a companion app to offer voice guided zone and interval training if you fancy it.

Athos

Taking the meaning of wearable tech to a whole new level, Athos combines snug-fitting, biosignal monitoring sensor-loaded garments and a Bluetooth enabled wearable core chip allows you to harness some of the most precise and in-depth workout data, the combined result of which records the entire body in motion and transmits it back to an app in real time.

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