Thursday 16 February 2017
Sustaining a high level of fitness and motivation can sometimes be difficult - especially in the colder months - but technology can help, and sometimes in the most surprising ways. Discover Vogue’s guide to the cleverest fitness gadgets to make your exercise really count.
Making A Splash
A smart watch that can receive emails, texts and calls, the Misfit Shine 2's most impressive feature is its swim-resistant technology. For those of you who prefer the aquatic life it can track swim distance down to the metre, counts swim laps for 25- and 50-metre pools, and counts down a set swim time.
Misfit Shine 2, £79.99 at Misfit
Close To Your Heart
This smart bra provides support in more ways than one. Attached to the front is a slim and lightweight heart rate monitor that sends information to an app that you download to your phone via Bluetooth technology: not only does this help you track your fitness but the heart rate information stores on the app and can alert you to any physical issues by amalgamating the data. With over eight months of battery life, this handy gadget can give you a personalised and in-depth analysis of the way your body deals with exercise (great for those who are in recovery too). The Sensoria Smart Sports Bra is also antibacterial and machine washable for minimum fuss.
Sensoria Smart Sports Bra + HRM, £48 at Sensoria Fitness
Just A Reminder
Imagine the new Fit Bit watch as your all-around life coach. With PurePulse® technology it consistently monitors your heart rate, has various multi-sport modes, guided breathing sessions and interchangeable bands so you can change the look and colour to match any outfit. Furthermore, it reminds you to move if you have been still for too long - so no more excuses.
Fit Bit Charge 2, £129.99 at FitBit
Sometimes it is the simple things that can be the most effective. These useful orthotic inserts have been designed by some of the UK’s leading podiatrists who have been making insoles for athletes for over 18 years (Usain Bolt wore these while training for the 2016 Olympics) and help to treat foot problems, reduce injury and make the wearer feel more comfortable by altering the angles at which the foot interacts with the ground and upper body. Your exercise, either within the gym or outside it, will become more efficient with reduced risk of physical damage.
Enertor Performance Insoles, £29.99 at Enertor.com
Take A Breath
One of the world’s first bio-sensing game controllers, Zenytime's PuckZenytime has embedded sensors that turn your breath into measurable kinetic energy. Using your breath, you complete the games while the sensors monitor your physiological responses and breathing frequency during play. Higher biomarker levels indicate good health and balance, while lower biomarkers could point towards imbalance and potential lower bodily functions. A great product to measure your general wellbeing, every time you play a Zenytime game you help to nurture neuroplasticity ("brain rewiring") through 0.1 Hz breathing.
Zenytime App and Puck, available to order at Zenytime
Bellabeat's Leaf Urban is a health tracker that can predict stress based on your lifestyle habits. Not only does it have a subtle design but it monitors your activity, sleep and reproductive health and alerts you to oncoming stress. Guided breathing and meditation exercises help you relax, making it perfect for yoga fanatics.
Bellabeat Leaf Fitness and Sleep Monitor, £111 at Bellabeat