Tracking Your Fitness Activity

Are you tracking your fitness activity? Smart watches and heart rate monitors are as popular as ever—if you’re into seeing your workouts by the numbers, wearable technology can give you interesting feedback about how you move. Many estimate your steps, sleep, standing time, calories burned, and time spent working out.

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Heart rate monitors in particular can also give you objective information about how hard you’re actually working during a sweat session, which can be helpful if you’re training to be in a specific heart rate zone. (How you feel isn’t always an effective measure of how hard you’re working—factors including the room temperature and how much you like your workout can also influence how hard a workout feels to you.)

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Wearable tech is beyond Fitbits and Apple Watches. The sleek Motiv Ring was recently released, which tracks activity via your finger. Smart fabric and textiles are also on the rise, says the ACSM—Wearable X just introduced the Nadi X yoga pants, which delivers vibrational feedback to the wearer to encourage good form and alignment. Even smart eyeglasses are gaining in popularity.