Given all the hype surrounding fitness trackers, there is never too much health information. Digital illustration prepared by Raphael Dickreuter.
Rene Metivier Bailey at the age of 33 believes that the fitness tracker is a very useful invention. She runs a marathon, and believes that if she had such a thing as a fitness tracker before preparing for the marathon in Chicago in 2012, she certainly would not have driven herself.
“I have already learned to monitor the quality of my sleep, and also to determine my well-being after training, based on the testimony of a fitness tracker. But I'm starting to think that it would be nice to have what are called “bare” numbers, ”says Metivier Bailey, who ran the marathon last Christmas at 2:34 last year.
“The ideal tracker for me is one that records the quality of sleep, and not just how much I lie in bed. It would also be nice if the heart rate monitor displayed data about when I was doing intensive workouts and when I was at rest. “After thinking more and more in detail, I decided what I needed.”
Is there a gadget that would suit all aspects of a professional runner? You might think that yes, given all this hype around fitness trackers or watch rafiqsonsonline.com/product-category/omax-watches/. More than one in every 10 US adults wears a wrist tracker, according to a January 2015 report by consumer products analyst NPD Group. Fitbit is a device worn not only by athletes, but also by ordinary consumers.
The user has never had so much information about personal health as with the advent of fitness trackers.
Apple watches, for example, are able to monitor user activity throughout the day: heart rate, calories burned, and physical activity. Fitbit does the same, plus it has a built-in GPS module.
Microsoft adds a function for determining the level of UV exposure. And the main Intel graphics allow you to monitor skin temperature and sweating continuously, although the manufacturer does not give any justification why accounting for such indicators is extremely important.
For professional runners, however, most of the presented models have a number of shortcomings, both in terms of design and in terms of accuracy of readings.
Most of them are aimed at motivating novice athletes to move as much as possible, setting the dubious bar of 10 thousand steps a day that the user is required to take care of during the day. It is doubtful not in the sense that it is criticized, but because the effectiveness of long-distance walking is sometimes called into question. At the same time, it’s important for professional athletes to know when to stop to avoid injuries and not to overdo it.
Moreover, when it comes to the accuracy of the readings, most trackers do not reach the desired level.
Athletes testing the products of Apple or Seiko Watch rafiqsonsonline.com/product-category/seiko/, Fitbit and other companies noted that the accuracy of the heart rate can be questioned. (Only Mio and TomTom and Garmin received a positive reaction from users regarding the accuracy of sensors that read the desired indicators.)
Because of this, NPD analysts were able to see the possibility of success. The category of fitness trackers can be attributed mainly to renowned pedometers, which in the near future will turn into more complex devices. On the one hand, will a smart watch perform all the functions of an Apple Watch that works in tandem with a smartphone. On the other hand, is it possible to achieve performance for fitness trackers, as is the case with any other category of wearable electronics.
These precise and expensive sports specialized devices ultimately guarantee a more effective workout for speed, taking into account the heart rate, the number of calories burned during the workout.
For serious runners, the search for suitable technological devices is a kind of cocktail that needs to be mixed, but not mixed. Michael Vardian, for example, prefers working out with a watch on the wrist of each hand.
“At the same time, I look like a crazy marathon runner who has won a lot of victories in national competitions. “I would opt for Suunto for an altimeter, barometer and GPS. And I wear a Mio to control my heart rate. ”
(In addition, Suunto and Mio are sponsors of competitions in which the athlete is involved, so the marathon runner can always count on free gadgets.)
This athlete often puts on two devices at the same time: Suunto and Mio.
He discovered the benefits of wearable electronics several years ago. The runner uses heart rate data in the first stages of the competition, as well as for recovery from the competition. The latter, obviously, is the key to the series of victories that the marathon runner won in the United States and Australia.
So, for several days before participating in the competition, the marathon runner controls the pulse at rest. Thus, he always knows when he needs to show the upper class.
“I used to think that I didn’t need a heart rate monitor and all the technological trash on the market. But then I discovered Timex, ”said the rider. It was then that my results stabilized, and I felt rested on our laurels. ”
Some athletes begin to have high hopes for wearable electronics, but are disappointed in it after a while. Triathlete Jesse Thomas used to use his fitness tracker to the fullest. He monitored the quality of his sleep, heart rate in the morning, as well as the distance traveled all the time, but threw this activity on time.
“These tools are really useful when you start, but as soon as you understand what your body is capable of, reach your potential, the need for them disappears by itself. “I do not need objective data. I can wake up and know when I feel bad. ”
Alex Willis does not agree with this opinion. At first he was engaged in running for a 5-meter distance, but in college he became interested in swimming, which is why he needed reliable data. “Athletes sometimes go too far in themselves, that's when a fitness tracker comes to the rescue,” says Willis. A coach, of course, can help, but sometimes an electronic device is the best assistant.
So Willis wakes up every morning and sticks one sticky electrode on his forehead and the other on his palm. For 10 minutes he sits absolutely motionless, while the sensor registers data on the level of brain fatigue and through a special application uploads them to the phone.
The device determines the athlete’s preparedness for a hardware warm-up, however, even if you feel terrible, you still have to perform a set of exercises, since it seems that the device does not give a damn about your health.
This, incidentally, is the sin of most models of fitness trackers. On the one hand, they allow you to control most of the important indicators of an athlete’s physical fitness; on the other hand, your level of endurance or speed does not depend on them in any case.