Family Fitness: Staying Active with Smart Watches

Need some extra help to get in shape in 2017 and encourage your family to do the same? Smart watches can easily be shared to help everyone stay active and be accountable for their goals. Beyond Fitbit, the newest watches on the market provide a variety of data including heart rate, calories burned, distance and even sleep quality information. Take your family fitness to the next level using wearable recommendations to make the most of yours and theirs workouts.

Run Up and Down Stairs

Whether you are scaling a few flights at the mall or climbing to the attic to get some decorations, taking the stairs is a great way to strengthen your lower body and amp up your heart rate. Make sure that you have a smart watch that can track your heart rate such as the Pebble 2 Heart Rate Fitness Tracker which measures heart rate in an easy-to-read display so you do not have to stop moving to gauge the intensity of your activity.

Play in the Snow

The winter season is a great time for playing outside. With options as diverse as building snowmen, sledding, having a snowball fight and making snow angels, there are plenty of ways for you and your family to be active outside. It is important to choose a fitness tracker that can survive the winter elements and the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is an ideal choice for this. The watch is water resistant to 30m, so don’t worry if you want to reach out your arm to catch some snowflakes.

Shovel snow, etc.

While housework may not be the most fun way to sneak some extra physical activity into your day, it is an excellent way to multitask. Shoveling snow can strengthen your upper body and core and if you do it at a vigorous pace, you will also get your heart rate up. One smart watch that is perfect for these kinds of activities is the Garmin vivosmart HR Fitness Band which measures your activity 24/7, even recording subtle movements. and creating goals for you based on your physical activity patterns.

Hitting the Slopes

Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are all great ways to sneak in physical activity while having plenty of fun with your family and friends. If you choose to hit the slopes with your smart watch in tow, be sure you have one with a long battery life and maximum durability. The Jawbone UP2 Rope Gold is a lightweight choice that tracks a variety of different activities with a battery that will hold up during a day on the slopes.

No matter what you and your family’s plans are for this winter, there is a smartwatch that will be able to suit your needs and encourage everyone to up their daily physical activity.