The New Year feels like a fresh beginning and a great time to start losing weight, gaining some muscle or just keeping fit. However, one thing you should not stress about is counting calories and, let’s say… wondering how much energy you burned after last night’s shopping spree!
Here is where technology will help you. Whether you choose a smartwatch or a fitness tracker, they will help you accomplish your goals. And the great thing about them all is that they are waterproof. Some will let you dive 50 meters underwater, and all of them are fine if you want to go for a swim!
Here is our list with the best gadgets in 2019.
Smartwatches as Fitness Trackers
If you want to hide the fitness tracker and health monitor, go for a smartwatch. It will be discreet, and it has many more features than a regular fitness tracker. You can use it to find your way in the city, as it has GPS, you can check texts and emails from your wrist without looking for your phone, or connect wireless headphones to the smartwatch and play music while you run. You can even leave your phone home if you get a smartwatch that has a sim card slot, allowing you to make phone calls.
Smartwatches come with a heart rate monitor, which you can set to run in the background and notify you if you have a heart issue – there were cases when the latest Apple watch did this and suggested the users to visit a health professional.
Some smartwatches track your sleep and vibrate to wake you up – you can set it to wake you up at a perfect point in the sleep cycle, so you don’t wake up tired.
The best smartwatches you can get in 2019 are:
Apple Watch Series 4, Fitbit Versa, Withings Steel HR Sport Black (three more smartwatches to be released this year), and Samsung Galaxy Watch (the next smartwatch to be announced this month).
The Best Fitness Trackers
If you want to keep it simple and opt for a fitness tracker and not for all the notifications and apps, go for a gadget that will only focus on fitness tracking: counting steps, calories, heart rate, and a few more features, all stacked in a discreet band around your wrist. All these trackers have apps that you can use on your smartphone to learn more about the information gathered. Moreover, fitness trackers are a lot cheaper than smartwatches and also have more battery life – some a week, a month and even six months!
The best fitness trackers you can get in 2019 are:
Fitbit Charge 3, Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro, Moov Now, and Withings Pulse HR.
Jeff Wilkinson is a Senior Politics Reporter at Debate Report covering provincial and national politics, . Before joining Debate Report, Jeff worked on several provincial campaigns including Jack Layton. Jeff has worked as a freelance journalist in Toronto, having been published by over 20 outlets including CBC, the Center for Media and VICE.com.