Top Picks for Wearable Fitness Technology

With Patrick May, Clinical Exercise Physiologist & Rachel Francis, Clinical Exercise Specialist See Bio

Patrick May graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Exercise & Health Physiology). Patrick also obtained certifications in Clinical Exercise Physiology with both the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Rachel Francis obtained her Kinesiology degree from the University of Calgary and went on to complete her practicum with the Southern Alberta Renal Program. Rachel has a strong background in chronic disease prevention and management, cardiac rehab and weight management. She is certified with the American College of Sport Medicine as a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist.

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Aside from its convenient location in your pocket or on your wrist, the benefits of wearing a tracking device include helping with motivation, fostering competition, planning for future activity, and keeping you on the path to obtaining your goals. It is especially effective when your tracking device fits your fitness personality.

Do you like all the bells and whistles, or do you prefer to keep it simple? Are you competitive, a social butterfly or addicted to stats? We’ve selected our favourite apps and wearable tech to suit every kind of fitness personality and help you stay on track with your fitness goals.

Competitive

If you’re looking to take your fitness to the next level and love competition, the Strava tracking community is for you. Strava encourages users to “prove it” by challenging friends, comparing results and earning badges for distance, speed and metres climbed.

Social

In addition to tracking and analyzing your workouts, Map My Fitness, Runtastic and Nike+ are all apps that automatically upload your achievements to your social media profile, helping you stay accountable and maybe even boast about it.

Number cruncher

Try using a Polar H7 heart rate monitor with your Smartphone to get an accurate, live heart rate while you train. Tracking your heart rate during exercise will help you stay within a safe but effective range.

Keep it simple

Fitbit is an easy to use device you wear on your wrist which auto¬matically analyzes your movement. It will analyze your frequency, duration, intensity and movement patterns throughout the day to determine steps taken, distance travelled, and calories burned. You can find this data on your fitbit online profile.

Fashionista

Check out the new line of designer Fitbit accessories by Tory Burch, including two silicone options in Tory’s signature blue or pink colours. The designer has also created a hinged brass bracelet option that turns your fitbit into a stylish piece of jewellery.

If you’re finding that all the bells and whistles are bogging you down, try a simple pedometer to track your steps, and a pen and paper to record your daily values. If you don’t already have one, please ask your Medisys kinesiologist.

Still unsure? Meet with your kinesiologist to determine which option would suit you best.
Happy tracking!


Patrick May graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Exercise & Health Physiology). Patrick also obtained certifications in Clinical Exercise Physiology with both the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Rachel Francis obtained her Kinesiology degree from the University of Calgary and went on to complete her practicum with the Southern Alberta Renal Program. Rachel has a strong background in chronic disease prevention and management, cardiac rehab and weight management. She is certified with the American College of Sport Medicine as a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist.

 

 

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