Fashion + Tech = Fitness.
Go ahead, wear your heart—or at least your heartbeat—on your sleeve. The American College of Sports Medicine’s worldwide survey of fitness trends (now in its 10th year) found that wearable technology is the number one trend for fitness in 2016. Here are some of our favorites.
Billed as a “personal meditation assistant,” the Muse headband measures brain waves and plays weather sounds to match these signals—gentle breezes and soft rains for a serene mind, heavy winds and storms for an active mind—in an attempt to guide the wearer to a calm and restive mental state. $299. ChooseMuse.com
The LifeBEAM bike helmet measures your heart rate, calories burned, and distance traveled while cycling. The company also offers a smart visor and hat with similar capabilities. $199. Life-Beam.com
A multitude of wristbands, including those from Apple, Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin and Pebble will track and record all your activity through the day, and your sleep patterns throughout the night. New designs from Withings and Swarovski aim to disguise these fitness trackers as stylish traditional watches. Prices vary. Apple.com, Fitbit.com, Garmin.com, Pebble.com, Withings.com, Swarovski.com
Made for serious runners, Sensoria smart socks pair with a small detachable anklet to monitor not only distance and speed, but also running cadence and the pressure placed on different areas of the foot. The results can help runners modify their stride to avoid injury and improve performance. $199. SensoriaFitness.com