If you’re after a piece of tech to help you get fit in the New Year then your thoughts are naturally going to gravitate towards fitness trackers – and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, you don’t have to make use of one of these wrist-based devices to get fit.
You’ve got more options than you might think, whether it’s investing in some serious gym-style kit for your home or making use of free apps on your phone. Here we’ll run down some of the choices you’ve got, but there are plenty of other ones out there.
1. EXERCISE BIKES
There’s a lot to be said for an exercise bike – you don’t have to go out in the cold, the darkness, or the rain, and you don’t run the risk of bumping into one of the neighbours who you’d rather not see. Hey, you can even watch TV if you like.
Getting the right machine is crucial though, one that fits both your budget and your athleticism. For example, you can buy bikes where you’re sat upright as well as ones where you’re in more of a reclining position (recumbent bikes), so bearing in mind you might be cycling for a while, pick a bike that will match your posture.
Check for the maximum amount of resistance the bike offers, as this will give you an idea of just how far you can push it. If you’re interested in getting serious about distances, times, training regimes and so on, it might be worth paying extra for a bike with a more advanced on-board computer.
2. SMART WEIGHT TRACKERS
Knowing how your weight is going up and down is always helpful if you’re trying to stay healthy, and these days you can get hold of bathroom scales that have some extra smarts built into them as well – they connect to your phone so you can see weight over time and try setting some goals.
Investing in some smart bathroom scales isn’t going to be as good for your body as a brisk run around the park, of course, but they can definitely lend a hand as part of a bigger fitness setup. If you’re already using a system to track your health (like Google Fit or Apple Health), then look for some scales that are going to work with it.
Some scales will give you extra statistics to work with too, like body fat percentage or your current muscle mass, using a small electrical charge that’s passed around your body. If you just want the basics of tracking your weight loss, then you don’t have to spend as much cash.