While fitness trackers have become quite the fashion accessory for many, there are those who simply don’t want to wear a plastic band around their wrist, especially if they like to wear a wristwatch.
But you can use a good fitness tracker as a wristwatch, right? That’s true – many fitness trackers have screens built-in that can display the time of day as well as all your activity data. But that doesn’t mean it looks good, especially if you’re dressed to the nines.
If only there was a fitness tracker that looked like a stylish, analogue watch. If only you could wear a fitness tracker that logs all your activity throughout the day and night, without anyone around you aware that you were wearing one. Well, as it happens, there is just such a device.
Withings has been responsible for some of the most innovative health and fitness technology to hit the market, but this time the it hasn’t focused on new features or functionality, and instead has created a fitness tracker for people who don’t want to wear one.
Strap on the Withings Activité Steel and no one would know it’s a fitness tracker – to all intents and purposes, it looks just like a normal analogue watch, and a pretty good looking one at that. Available with a black or white face and a plethora of coloured strap options, the Activité Steel won’t ever look out of place on your wrist no matter where you are or what you’re wearing.
But don’t be fooled by it’s discreet appearance, the Activité Steel has a few cool tricks up its well-tailored sleeve. Like any regular fitness tracker, the Activité Steel will log every step you take throughout the day and estimate the distance you’ve travelled and the calories you’ve burned. It will also automatically detect any activities you undertake, whether that’s a brisk walk, a run or even a swim!
Yes, the Activité Steel is fully waterproof to 5 ATM – that’s 50 metres – so you don’t have to worry about wearing it in the shower or bath, but it also means you can wear it in the swimming pool, where it will track how long you’ve been swimming and how many calories you’ve burned.
The Activité Steel doesn’t stop working when you do, either. When you hit the sack, it will keep on tracking and logging every minute of your sleep, delivering you insight on your sleeping patterns. And since you don’t need to recharge the battery – the disposable cell is good for eight months of use – you really will be able to track every minute of every hour, every single day!
And while many basic fitness trackers leave you having to get your phone out to check your daily progress, you can check how close you are to your daily goal at a glance with the Activité Steel. There’s a handy analogue sub-dial in the watch face with a scale from 0-100%, so you can easily check your progress throughout the day.
All your activity syncs with the Withings Health Mate app, where you can drill down into your data and start to understand how your body is working and what you need to do to improve things. The app will deliver insight based on you and your activity, while also rewarding your achievements. And if you also have a set of Withings smart scales, the Health Mate app will be able to deliver even more focused and tailored insight.
The Activité Steel is pretty smart, too. Not only will it track your sleep overnight, it will also silently wake you in the morning with a vibrating alarm – ideal if you need to get up early and don’t want to wake your partner. And if you’re a regular traveller, you’ll never need to alter the time on the Activité Steel – it will automatically adjust to the local time zone via the connection with your phone.
So, if you’re sure that you don’t want to wear a fitness tracker, maybe you just haven’t found the right one. If you like the idea of tracking all your activity and sleep 24 hours a day, but don’t want a flashing, plastic band on your wrist, the Activité Steel could well be the answer!