Whether fitness is already a part of your daily routine or you want to challenge yourself and meet a new goal of getting in shape, one of the biggest challenges is staying motivated. Smartphones, tablets and fitness apps make it easier to maintain motivation for the long haul by tracking calories burned, miles biked or pounds lost, but sometimes we need a little more help to go the extra mile.
Adding the right mobile tech accessories can help you get the most out of your day’s physical activity. Whether it’s a workout regimen, taking the steps instead of the elevator or biking to work, smart fitness accessories, such as the following available from Verizon, can help keep you on track and give you credit for the work you’re doing.
Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch
If running is your passion, then the Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch is a must-have. Wrist-based Elevate heart-rate technology* measures heart rate 24/7 and can actually predict race times based on distance. Use it to monitor time, distance walked or run, pace and heart rate.
When paired with a compatible smartphone†, you’ll also receive prompts about laps run and lap times, as well as receive text messages, call alerts and reminders from your calendar. To make it your own, simply add your own data fields, pick your preferred watch faces and download your favorite apps from the Connect IQ™ store. Been idle too long? Don’t worry, Forerunner 235 will encourage you to get moving again.
Wear Fitbit Alta right on your wrist to track your activity, monitor your progress, record calories burned, count steps taken, track your sleep patterns and more. Fitbit Alta features automatic exercise recognition, and wirelessly syncs to more than 200 compatible devices so you can review your stats at home or on the go. You can also stay connected with Caller ID, text and calendar notifications clearly displayed on the tracker from your nearby compatible mobile device.
If you need extra motivation, Fitbit Alta can remind you to keep moving throughout the day. Digitally change the look of Alta’s easy-to-read OLED tap display to fit your personal style. And easily swap out fashionable classic, luxe leather and luxe metal bands (sold separately) to further match the occasion or your mood.
Samsung Gear Fit2
If music gets you motivated to run farther, workout harder or accomplish your next goal, then Gear Fit2 is worth checking out. With 4GB of storage, Gear Fit2 has plenty of room to hold your favorite tracks to keep you going. Or, download the Spotify‡ app to your wearable for instant access to millions of songs.
The next time inspiration strikes, throw on your sneakers —and Gear Fit2— and head out the door. An advanced fitness tracker, Gear Fit2 automatically recognizes a variety of activities. With built-in GPS§, you do the work and Gear Fit 2 automatically gives you credit for it. Select the appropriate activity mode, start to move and the wearable starts tracking the activity.
And if you don’t feel like being bogged down by your phone, then leave it at home. Gear Fit2 give you the flexibility to map your run right from your wearable. Another plus: Gear Fit2 is IP68 water resistant1, so it’s able to handle your sweaty workouts or an unexpected rain shower.
Garmin vivoactive® HR GPS Smartwatch
Designed to please the most-active sports enthusiast, vivoactive® HR uses GPS-enabled, built-in sports apps to track your stats —no phone connection required— while Move iQ™ automatically tracks your walking, running, biking, elliptical training and other activities throughout the day*. Built-in wrist-based heart-rate technology* monitors calories burned and measures activity intensity.
In addition to monitoring your heart rate, vίvosactive HR records your daily fitness activities and automatically syncs the data with your compatible mobile device†. Easily see fitness stats, as well as smart notifications from your connected smartphone, displayed on the smartwatch display -- even in bright sunlight. And the sleek band is comfortable enough to wear all day.
Staying fit with the help of tech is easy to do. Check out these and other fitness accessories at Wearable Tech and Sports and Fitness.
*The data and information provided by these devices is intended to be a close estimation of your activity and metrics tracked, but may not be completely accurate, including step, sleep, distance, heart rate and calorie data. While our wrist HR monitor technology is state of the art, there are inherent limitations with the technology that may cause some of the heart rate readings to be inaccurate under certain circumstances. These circumstances include the user’s physical characteristics, the fit of the device and the type and intensity of the activity as outlined above.
†The following phones have been tested by Garmin and deemed compatible to work with our Bluetooth® Smart devices: Android™, Apple®, Windows® 10 Phone.
‡ To enjoy music, connect Gear Fit2 to Bluetooth speaker or headphones (sold separately).
§Accuracy may be affected by factors such as environmental conditions, skin condition, specific activity performed, settings/user input, placement of the sensor on the wrist and other end-user interactions.
1IP68 rating means it’s water-resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes; rinse residue/dry after wet. See user manual.