They say sitting is the new smoking, with more and more people prone to spending their days at their desk without getting their 10 000 steps. With work and study taking up most of the humble student’s time, this isn’t hard to believe. But what if there was a device that motivated you to move after every hour of inactivity? Enter: the fitness tracker, that has graced the wrist of many a fitness fanatic since they launched.
They may look like a watch but these techy accessories do so much more than tell the time. The most basic trackers tell the date and time, count steps, calories and even track your movement while you’re sleeping. Heck, some of the newer ones even measure your heart rate so you can train in the optimum heart rate zone to get the most out of your sweat sessions. Most trackers will also sync to your phone so all the data is stored in one place to give you a better idea of how you’re tracking (pun intended).
If you’re a health conscious student looking for that motivation to get moving, then the Garmin Vivofit 2 ($132) or Fitbit Flex ($129.95) would be a good place to start. Their price is their ultimate downfall given that student budget but no doubt there will be a student friendly one on the market soon. Suffice to say, these bad boys have taken off faster than Usain Bolt and will be around for a long time to come.
By Em Sharp