Spring is slowly making its way here on the West Coast and I’ve been loving my outdoor runs the last few weeks. Depending on my energy levels or what other workout I’ve done, I’m getting outside for a run or power walk almost every day. I love the freedom and stress release that running and fresh air gives, and today I’m talking about the latest running tech that has made tracking runs easy and convenient. I’m also checking out some of the newest tech in headphones because for me, music is what helps me power through those tough minutes when I feel like quitting.
Tracking your runs
There are many options on the market these days when it comes to tracking your runs and they’ll help you keep an eye on your progress as you improve as well. Fitbit has a variety of fitness trackers and smartwatches which allows you to choose the one that will suit your personal wants and needs.
This Fitbit Sense Smartwatch has a lot to offer to help you keep track of your overall health.
It helps you monitor and manage your stress levels and heart health, tracks your nightly blood oxygen levels, calories burned, steps, sleep, skin temperature, and more. It connects your Smartphone to receive calls and notifications and has built-in GPS, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa to keep you connected on the go. The Lithium-ion polymer battery delivers up to 6 days of battery life on a single charge and with the fast-charging option you’ll be recharged in just 1 hour with the included USB cable.
As an alternative, check out the Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness & Activity Tracker.
You can track route, pace and distance travelled with the built-in GPS as well as track calories, steps, distance, running, and elevation. Monitoring your heart rate and sleep are also important for your health and you can do both with the Charge 4.
Stay connected to your Smartphone with messaging alerts and notifications from multiple apps.
Samsung users will be impressed with the Galaxy Watch Active 2. This watch will automatically detect and track popular workouts like cycling or swimming, or you can manually track more than 40 different workouts. The enhanced built-in GPS accurately tracks your workouts, and you can even track your sleep stages. Of course, you’ll love the Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ to keep your glass surface scratch free, the voice or text input, and the Samsung Pay and the Bixby Voice features.
One thing to note with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is that you need an Android 5.0 or iPhone 5 with iOS 9 or higher.
Another great option to track your fitness is the Garmin vivoactive 4S GPS Watch. On top of monitoring your heart rate, pulse ox, and respiration, you can also track your activities, sleep, and calories burned. When making health goals it’s important to also include sleep and heart health. The vivoactive syncs to your smartphone for a hands-free connection to incoming calls, texts, emails, notifications, and more.
Garmin also has Garmin Pay, which is a mobile payment service to make payments without contact easily from your smartwatch. Your battery life can last up to 7 days in Smartwatch mode and up to 5 hours in GPS Music mode and is easily recharged in 2 hours using the included USB cable.
Last up is the Garmin fenix 5X Plus. This rugged watch will track your fitness and monitor your heart rate and oxygen levels. It has pre-loaded topographic maps which allows you to easily plan and map your running or riding routes. You can store up to 500 of your favourite songs to help you power through your workouts and receive alerts for incoming calls, texts and other notifications.
This watch also offers the Garmin Pay service to make payments or purchases from your watch. The long lasting battery can last up to 20 days in Smartwatch mode, up to 32 hours in GPS mode, up to 13 hours in GPS mode with music, and up to 70 hours in UltraTrac mode. One of the not so obvious perks of this watch is the Sapphire glass which is one of the most scratch-resistant screen surfaces on the market.
Music to fuel your run
In headphone tech you’ll find wireless headphones making huge waves because the beauty of wireless headphones is that you don’t have a wire getting in the way of your arm motion when you run.
These AfterShokz Aeropex Bluetooth Headphones use bone conduction technology which passes music through your cheek bones and therefore keeping your ears open to hear ambient sound. I love this feature for outdoor workouts such as running or biking. These headphones fit snuggly behind your neck and stay in place even during high-intensity activities like jogging or bootcamp style workouts. The bluetooth 5.0 technology enables a wireless connection up to 10 meters with your smartphone and the built-in mic allows you to take calls. The water-resistant design means they’ll survive your sweatiest workouts.
Another great option for wireless headphones is these Bose SoundSport In-Ear Wireless Headphones.
The design of these in-ear headphones paired with the StayHear+ silicone tips allow them to fit snugly in your ear canal to help block out external noise. Use the Bose Connect app to pair them with multiple devices for up to 6 hours of listening. With the inline microphone you can easily control volume, skip tracks, and take calls without your device in hand.
For a more discrete headphone, check out these Sony In-Ear Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Headphones.
They have a Truly Wireless design featuring digital noise cancellation and have Bluetooth 5.0 technology which allows you to pair with your smartphone or other compatible devices. I’m most impressed with the battery life on these which is up to 26 hours and they conveniently charge in their case. Hands free is easy as can be with the built-in Google Assistant, and the touch sensors make it easy to manage your music and take calls.
Another truly wireless option is these Jabra Elite Active Headphones.
They provide optimum clarity for phone calls and feature an adjustable equalizer so you can customize your music to your sound liking. Of course, they have Bluetooth 5.0 which will sync you to your mobile devices and with dual microphones in each earbud, your conversations will be crystal clear. The one-touch access to voice command will quickly connect you to Amazon Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant and the charging case provides a total of 15 hours battery life.
I am loving wearing my fitness tracker everyday as I find it helps keep me accountable for my health and fitness everyday. I like seeing real time stats of my exercise and it motivates me to want to keep going. My day-to-day job can be quite physical so I also love tracking my daily steps.
You can find the latest tech to help you get the most out your health journey at Best Buy Online.