It can be so hard to stay enthused about fitness, especially when gyms are closed and you’re getting burned out with all the workout apps and videos you downloaded in March. If you feel yourself slacking off, it may be worth putting in a little more investment to stay motivated and off the couch. “Accountability is key when it comes to working out,” says Monica Jones, performance and nutrition coach in Washington, D.C. “It's a huge factor in helping people show up. Tech can absolutely help. Push notifications can remind us to work out, hit specific goals, check in with the status of our daily goals, and acknowledge overall progress.”
Research backs up this ethos: a recent study showed that about two-thirds of participants who use physical activity trackers like Fitbit and Apple Watch increased their exercise habits and exercised at least three days a week. What’s more, they also upped their step count and exercise vigor overall.
Unsure where to start? Think of these smart workout gadgets as your robotic personal trainers that nudge you to strive for new goals, reward your hard work, and even tell you when to chill.
WHOOP Strap 3.0
You can’t manage what you can’t measure. WHOOP is not your typical exercise tracker—it calculates how much strain you put on the body every day, as opposed to only zeroing in on individual metrics like calories, distance, or hours of sleep. The waterproof high-knit strap monitors how your heart rate is affected by everything—from running a 5K to downing five glasses of wine—then presents you with a comprehensive recovery score each morning so you know how to tackle the new day. What’s more, it measures your respiratory rate with such precision that you might see changes in your breathing pattern before you realize you’re feeling off—something we could all use during this pandemic.