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THE FITNESS RING THE LATEST IN WEARABLE TECH

THE FITNESS RING THE LATEST IN WEARABLE TECH

Most of us are very keen on the latest tech, especially when it comes to fitness gadgets. Smartphones may be getting bigger, but fitness trackers are going in the opposite direction. The wrist-band fitness tracker has now evolved to fingertip size. Recently seen on Prince Harry’s hand, fitness rings are the latest must-have.

What can they do and can they meet expectations?

WHAT DOES A FITNESS RING DO?

Filled with sensors for motion and temperature, a fitness ring can measure your activity levels during the day. It measures heart rate and blood flow by using tiny LEDs, and has all the usual monitoring such as step count and calorie use estimator.

Fitness rings are also excellent for tracking that all-important sleep. The latest rings monitor not just horizontal time but quality of sleep and time taken to doze off.

CAN ALL THAT FUNCTIONALITY REALLY FIT IN A RING?

This has been quite a challenge for the engineers, which is why it has taken a few years for the technology to stabilise. Fitness rings are more exposed to risk than bracelets or belt clips. They need to cope with moisture, strong sunlight and even full immersion. The battery also has to last long enough and be easy to charge.

The ‘heavy lifting’ to provide insights into your health and fitness is done by the associated app. Both the app and the firmware in the ring can be regularly updated over wi-fi or Bluetooth.

WHAT FEATURES SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR?

A fitness ring needs to fit properly, and that isn’t just to avoid losing it. The ring needs to be in correct contact with your body for the sensors to function properly.

Most fitness rings do not have replaceable batteries, so when the battery stops charging the ring will need replacing. It is definitely worth following the instructions to maximise battery life.

Finally, make sure the all-important app is compatible with your smartphone.

Neat, discreet and high-tech; a fitness ring might just be worth putting on that Christmas list.

the author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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