Trust Me—These Are the Tech Accessories That Will Make You Want to Work Out

Elinor Block

There are two versions of myself in the pandemic. The first is a person who’s enthusiastic about working out—sometimes four runs a week, a few HIIT YouTube sessions in the kitchen, and maybe a bit of yoga too. But that was the begging of lockdown and now, as we’re coming to the end of week 678 in this strange time of our lives, my motivation has started to wane. Instead of working out, my attention is drawn to funny YouTube videos and getting lost down an Instagram hole, all while eating my way through a hefty chunk of Dairy Milk. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that but I know that I’ll feel much better once my love of exercising returns. So, what’s the solution? A bit of extra kit to help me get going again. 

I’m not an expert, however, so I spoke to personal trainer Richard Hart about the sort of technology to invest in, especially when it comes to wearable tech—aka fitness trackers. “The great thing now is that technology has come on so much, you won’t really find a bad one out there,” says Hart. “I use mine for fitness, music, and a basic stopwatch but I don’t like calorie counting, as I think people become too reliant on what that means as it’s not always precise. But if you’re a beginner they’re a a good stepping stone with tracking how you’re getting on.”

Hart recommends a few options including Fitbit, Garmin and the Apple Watch, although he says for the most precise readings Garmin is one of the best. Another important area to not overlook is the apps that are available too, says Hart. If you like running, for example, a new app called District is brilliant as instead of the stop and start of a couch to 5k, this app is all about running to different checkpoints in a city—a much more fun and interactive way to run. There’s also Nike Running and Nike Training that are worth trying. But the app that Hart says is one of the best when it comes to tracking fitness is Strava as it’s more precise with its data. With all this in mind, I’ve put together a list of watches that are great for working out, plus a few other pieces of equipment that will motivate you (for example, I always need a decent pair of headphones). Plus, I’ve included some workout gear. Keep scrolling for more...

WEARABLES

Honor MagicWatch 2, with HR Monitoring (£130)

Garmin Forerunner 35 Wrist Heart Rate GPS Fitness Watch (£119)

Fitbit Versa 2 Smart Fitness Watch (£219)

Apple Watch Series 3 (£195)

Samsung Galaxy Fit (£35)

HEADPHONES

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 True Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones (£250)

Apple AirPods with Charging Case (£136)

JLab Audio Go Air True Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones with Mic/Remote (£30)

Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Sport Headphones with Mic/Remote (£219)

Urbanears Alby (£60)

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth speaker (£230)

ACCESSORIES

Ronhill Smartphone Armband (£22)

Under Armour Blitzing 3.0 Baseball Cap (£15)

Ronhill LED Light Armband (£18)

Sweaty Betty Anna Running Headband (£10)

Ronhill Stretch Waist Pocket (£14)

CLOTHING

Adidas by Stella McCartney Half-Zip Technical Running Jacket (£160)

Falke RU4 Cushioned Running Socks (£18)

Adidas by Stella McCartney Python-Print Mesh-Panelled Tank Top (£60)

Girlfriend Collective Topanga Stretch Sports Bra (£35)

Nagnata Balati Ribbed Technical Stretch-Knit Shorts (£160)

Nike Glam Dunk Speed Mesh-Trimmed Dri-FIT Leggings (£70)

Sweaty Betty Power Mesh Workout Leggings (£85)

Shock Absorber Active Shape Support Sports Bra (£36)

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This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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