If you’re not using a fitness wearable to track your workouts, the latest exercise technology may make you want to start.
Michael Snyder, PhD, a genetics professor at the Stanford School of Medicine in California who researches wearables, predicts that smartwatches and other wearable tech will dominate in 2022. Other experts agree: Wearable technology was named the top fitness trend in the latest American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) worldwide survey, published in January 2022).
“The wearable space is growing quite rapidly,” Dr. Snyder says. He credits that growth to the fact that people are more aware of and interested in keeping tabs on their health and fitness than ever before. “People are using wearables not only for fitness, but also health monitoring,” he says.
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Smartwatches — like Garmin’s latest, featured below — can be used to stream and follow virtual workouts, track your progress, offer recovery tips, and provide other insights about your health status with a tap of your finger.
The other trend in fitness tech that’s likely to continue in 2022 is more connected virtual workouts. While many gyms and fitness studios are open, at-home workout solutions aren’t going away anytime soon. “There’s a lot of concern with the omicron variant,” Snyder says. He says he suspects people will continue to want options when it comes to where they work out. “I think people doing more exercise on their own will continue.”
And in some cases, new and improved connected fitness equipment and community-focused workout apps — while they may not replace a health club or boutique studio — may help make solo workouts feel less isolated.
Here are six pieces of standout fitness tech for 2022.