Add Some Tech to Your Step: 2017’s Best Wearable Technology for Runners
Running might be a fantastic, and minimalist, way to stay fit, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t update your running gear from time to time. In the last couple years, high tech running tools have advanced in performance, design, and sophistication. Whether you’re a low-impact regular runner, or you use running to push yourself to new limits, these high-tech tools could help you stay motivated, track your progress, and even improve your form to avoid injury.
Here are five of my favorite pieces of high tech running gear, from fitness bands to smart socks.
1.) For the Fit Fashionista: FitBit Blaze
If you don’t want to sacrifice style when it comes to your fitness tracker, the FitBit Blaze has it all. This is a great all-purpose tracker, perfect for your daily run and as a wear-anywhere smart watch. It’s got multiple modes for different sports, it automatically detects and measures your speed and distance, and it has phone-syncing and sleep tracking capabilities that ensure you’ll never want to take it off. But with Blaze, you don’t have to look like a fitness addict (unless you want to!). FitBit’s sleek design sense, paired with a great selection of stylish bands, gives Blaze a sleek, modern look that goes with everything.
FitBit’s software is super intuitive and user-friendly, making it a perfect all-around fitness band for anyone new to running apps or wearable tech. If you like to run, but you also like your wearable tech to look stylish in any situation, FitBit Blaze is the perfect starting point.
2.) For Music (and Fitness) Junkies: Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds
If you can’t imagine going for a run without your playlist, then it’s worth investing in the best headphones for the job. These Bluetooth earbuds are specifically created for runners, with great sound, and a secure design that stays in place while you’re on the road. If you want to check your performance, the Jabra Sport Pulse earbuds have another great feature: you can hear your heart rate at the push of a button.
3.) For the Plugged-In Runner:
If you want to stay connected on your run, without having to fiddle with your phone, the Garmin Vivosmart HR offers the best of both worlds. It’s a fitness band that you can sync with your phone, so you won’t miss calls, texts, or notifications on your run. The Vivosmart will alert you of phone activity with a subtle vibration, keeping you in the loop while you stay fit. Aside from its syncing capabilities, the Vivosmart is a top performer as a fitness band as well. Along with tracking steps and heart rate, this fitness band can track how many stairs you’ve climbed, and your workout intensity.
4.) For the Ultimate in Wearable Tech: Sensoria
Usually, we think of “wearable technology” in terms of smart watches or fitness bands. But what about when actual clothes go high-tech? This is the novel idea behind Sensoria Artificial Intelligence Sportswear: a line of running clothes, including sports bras and rash guards, that monitor your fitness while keeping you comfortable on your run. These items have ports for an integrated Sensoria heart rate monitor. If heart rate isn’t enough for you, Sensoria’s fitness socks and anklet can do even more, measuring cadence and foot landing technique as well as distance and calories. The anklet is perfect if you want to improve your form, particularly if your current running style is leaving you vulnerable to injuries. If you’re tired of wristbands and you want to harness the power of data to be the best runner you can be, Sensoria’s innovative take on wearable tech might be for you.
5.) For When It’s All About the Run: Runscribe Fitness Tracker
With Runscribe, high tech doesn’t have to be high profile. These little trackers attach discreetly to your shoes, gathering an impressive array of data with each stride. Each Runscribe system includes two trackers, one for each foot, so you’re tracking your form and stride from every angle. Runscribe also turns on and off automatically, and doesn’t need to be near a phone to work. This means you can clip them to your shoes and forget about them, leaving you free to focus on the road ahead.
If you want to use the most advanced technology available to track every aspect of your run, but don’t want to be slowed down with gadgets during your runs, Runscribe could be your ideal high tech running device.
Have you taken your run high tech? Do you have a fitness band or tech tool that you can’t run without?