A gift that helps people step away from the computer or get off the couch is a way to show you really care.
The World Health Organization recommends at least 150 minutes of moderately intense aerobic activity or 75 minutes of high intensity activity every week. So how can you tell if that leisurely stroll along the seawall is keeping you fit?
That’s where fitness wearables come in. These clothing or ear-based devices dubbed “hearables” are expected to see a 550 per cent growth by 2022, according to a report by Juniper research, with conventional fitness trackers growing 20 per cent.
For a gift that’s healthier than a bottle of wine or chocolates, here’s our top picks:
More than a fitness tracker, heart rate sensor and music and phone headset, the Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Headphones are like having a personal coach. They have a ‘hear through’ feature you can turn on when you need to be aware of your surroundings and they’re waterproof. Excellent for high intensity interval training and circuit training — they even note when your pushups are pathetic or you need to up your pace to meet your cardio target.
$280 | Jabra, jabra.ca
The Polar Vantage M uses new sensor technology to improve the accuracy of its wrist heart rate monitoring. It targets that range of athletes who want a device that helps in creating, assessing and achieving goals, not just tracking activity. It covers more than 130 sports and gives you all-day as well as sleep tracking.
$390 | Polar, polar.com
The Vivofit Junior 2 is a kid tracker, making sure your child is active at least 60 minutes a day. The Junior 2 is swim-proof and its lasts more than a year. Parents will probably be more interested in the app that prompts kids to do chores, brush their teeth or finish their homework.
$80 | Garmin, garmin.com
There’s something for everyone in the Fitbit lineup. The Fitbit Charge 3 has a touch screen and heart sensor, it can follow up to 15 exercises, including swimming. Compatible with Apple, Android and Windows phones, it lets you check emails, texts and phone calls.
$200 | Fitbit, fitbit.com
Fit for a royal
Fitness rings got a celebrity boost when Prince Harry was spotted wearing an Oura Ring. It tracks sleep and activity and comes up with a readiness score, based on everything from how well you slept, to your resting heart rate, body temperature and other factors.
From $299 (USD) | Oura, ouraring.com