When declaring oneself a newborn fitness enthusiast, the correct time to do so is usually at the beginning of the year. Many people’s New Year’s resolutions revolve entirely around increasing their fitness or doing more exercise. Even so, there’s no time like the present for changing your life for the better, and one way to do that is to get fit (or maintain fitness if you’ve fallen by the wayside).
Naturally, as with everything else in life, there’s a whole host of technology available to help you do this. Not all fitness tech is created equal, however; some pieces of tech, apps, and other devices are better for keeping yourself fit than others. Here’s the best fitness technology you can pick up in 2019.
Best fitness smartwatch – Fitbit Versa
The Fitbit Versa smartwatch is gorgeous. This sleek, resilient piece of tech sits comfortably on your wrist and gives you all the crucial fitness readouts you need, including your heart rate, your daily activity, and your sleep patterns. The battery inside the Fitbit Versa lasts for up to 4 days, and although constant active use isn’t going to get you quite that far, we found it to be surprisingly long-lasting even on the most punishing workouts. Versa watches also provide personalised on-screen workouts to help you maximise your session, as well as the ability to store up to 300 songs on the watch itself so you can leave that phone at home.
Best fitness smartphone – Google Pixel 3 XL
Unless you’re an iPhone nut, the Google Pixel is pretty much the best Android experience you can get out of the box. Android is Google’s proprietary OS, so it stands to reason that hardware created by the company would run lightning-fast. This is as close to stock Android as possible, which makes it ridiculously quick and responsive, perfect for fitness freaks. Combine this with the wide range of apps available via the Google Play Store – not least Google’s own Fit app, which has recently enjoyed an overhaul – and you’re looking at the best phone for fitness on the market.
Best smart scale – Withings Body Cardio
Stat nerds rejoice: the Withings Body Cardio smart scale is your device. This scale works best if you pair it with the accompanying Withings activity trackers, but if you’re not into that then it’ll also pair with your phone’s step counter. The Body Cardio tracks your weight loss journey, and it also offers a companion app to help you make sense of its multiple readouts. This is an efficient, sleekly attractive, and incredibly smart weight loss companion. It’s even got a heart health monitor via its proprietary Pulse Wave Velocity tech. It’s hard to get much better than the Body Cardio from Withings if you’re after a smart scale.
Best smart flask – Ozmo Active Smart Cup
It’s hard not to feel like you’ve arrived in the world of tomorrow when you look at the Ozmo Active Smart Cup. This device actively tracks your hydration levels and tells you when you need to fill up on water, then tells you exactly how much you’ll need if you want to stay cool and well-hydrated. It’s got a vibration alert system and its very own companion app to keep you up-to-date with your body’s water needs. If you’re a Fitbit owner, you can sync the Ozmo Active Smart Cup with your Fitbit, and if you love Apple Watch then the functionality is there for that device too. The Ozmo Active Smart Cup is the fitness aid you never knew you needed.
Best posture trainer – UpRight Go Posture Trainer
One of the most oft-neglected and overlooked aspects of any fitness journey is posture. It’s crucial to have good posture and back positioning if you’re going to keep your fitness high. The UpRight Go Posture Trainer is a small device with big functionality. Using this device, you’ll get real-time posture feedback in the companion app, which you can use to correct and maintain your posture. This also has the added benefit of assisting core development, so those of you working on washboard abs need this device yesterday. Professional physiotherapists and chiropractors recommend this posture trainer, so you know it’s legit.
Best smart blender – NutriBullet Balance Smart Blender
They say fitness is 80% diet and 20% exercise. Now, while those numbers will vary depending on whose study you’re looking at, it’s not unreasonable to say that diet has a huge impact on your overall fitness level. The NutriBullet Balance tracks the calorie value of every smoothie you create, giving you a perfect nutritional readout of each concoction you consume. There is, as ever, a companion app, and you can use that to track your intake as well as choosing from various healthy smoothie and soup recipes offered by professional dietitians. You can’t go wrong with the Balance if you’re tracking your nutrition closely.