How does technology help fitness?
Being sedentary is bad for your health and can increase the risk of many illnesses. Sometimes, you can be so wrapped up in working on your laptop, you lose track of just how long you’ve been inactive for. Fitness tech can help solve that problem by prompting you to get up and move around. But that’s not all it can do. Fitness tech has given us the ability to monitor our activity and fitness levels simply and efficiently. Let’s take a look:
A fitness watch like the Polar Unite is a perfect tool for tracking all of your training. This nice looking piece of tech will tell you more about you than you can imagine! Whatever your activity, from doing the school run, sweeping the floor, to loading the dishwasher, this little beauty will capture every movement so everything is counted. It will also count your steps automatically and on top of this, it has an advanced wrist-based heart rate monitor with connected GPS so there is no need to wear a chest strap - your watch keeps track of everything. It’s designed to wear 24/7 and will continuously monitor your heart rate. You can also take your Polar Unite swimming with you as it’s waterproof. But it’s not all about activity, rest is equally important and this smartwatch will keep track of your sleep, analysing the sleep patterns you go through, which helps you to understand your sleep and improve if necessary. The screen is a touch screen and with over 100 sporting activities to choose from, simply find your sport, touch ‘start training’ and let your watch keep tabs on your effort and activity. Its classy, light, no fuss design makes it eye-catching and comfortable to wear - and as for strap colour - you choose!
Stride sensors are a great tool for runners who want to improve their running performance. The Polar Stride Sensor is your ideal running companion. This little device will track your speed, stride length and distance you have run with either a compatible sports watch or the Polar beat app. Simply strap it to your trainers using your shoelace and off you go. It can be used for outdoor running, so don’t worry about it getting wet, or you can use it on the treadmill. Either way, it will show you your running cadence and stride length and you will be able to monitor how your running performance changes.
Heart rate sensors
Heart rate sensors allow you to monitor your heart rate while you train. They work by measuring electrical signals from your heart. The Polar H10 Heart Rate Sensor offers the most accurate heart rate sensor in Polar’s history. It’s compatible with all Polar watches and trackers that use Bluetooth to transfer data, as well as leading fitness apps, compatible gym equipment and many other bluetooth devices. Its accurate measuring algorithm and internal memory for 1 training session is second to none. Depending on your heart rate, relative to its maximum level, your body will burn either fat or carbohydrate. This heart rate sensor is a great tool to keep track of your heart rate during exercise, allowing you to adjust the intensity of your workout to bring your heart rate to the ideal level for optimal performance. You can also ensure your heart rate does not go above an unwanted and potentially dangerous level.
These are just a few examples of the many fitness technology tools available to help you manage and improve your fitness. Take a look at our collection for more ideas to inspire your fitness journey.