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SUMMER 2021 | 13 On Track Looking to monitor your health habits in 2021? There's guaranteed to be an app for that—and a piece of wearable technology, too. –Katherine Singh WELLNESS CANADIANS ARE TAKING THEIR HEALTH MORE SERIOUSLY than ever, and they're using tech to do it—like watches, socks and pedometers to count steps, monitor calories burned and even identify stress paerns. "These technologies help people stay on track," says Joanna Marra, CAA Club Group's wellness consultant. "Especially working from home and living in a time when we're more physically inactive in our day-to-day movement, seeing those numbers helps people stay accountable and encouraged to move more." You may already know about the Fitbit, but here are some others to consider if you're looking for a personal tracker. Just remember, these are consumer products, meaning they're not always completely accurate; Marra recommends consulting a doctor before starting a new exercise routine. APPLE WATCH SERIES 6 The latest Apple Watch covers all the bases when it comes to monitoring your health. The Series 6 can track sleep patterns, set and track exercise—including swimming, since it's water resistant up to 50 metres—and also monitor blood oxygen levels. iPhone users can receive and respond to text messages right from their watch while on the go. GARMIN VENU SQ —MUSIC EDITION The sleek and lightweight Garmin Venu Sq allows users to sync music as they exercise, whether running, cycling, golfing or even doing yoga. Log your water intake and receive alerts if your heart rate is too high or low, and women can even track their menstrual cycle or pregnancy progression. BELLABEAT LEAF Compatible with Android and iOS, the Bellabeat Leaf is a wearable pedometer, specifically optimized for women's health. Connected to the Bellabeat app, the Leaf—which can be worn as a piece of jewellery or attached to clothing—tracks a wearer's movement, sleep patterns, activity and menstrual cycle. Based on these factors, the app can then calculate the stress you may experience throughout the day. SENSORIA FITNESS SOCKS For those who'd prefer to track their steps and kilometres with their feet, this item records the distance travelled and the calories burned thanks to a smart chip in the socks. It can also track your cadence and foot-landing technique, alerting you if your running style could leave you prone to injury. GARMIN VIVOFIT 4 With a one-plus year battery life, the Vivofit is a great option to wear 24/7. It tracks both activity and periods of inactivity, alerting you when you've been stationary for too long. The Vivofit also assigns an attainable daily step goal based on current activity levels, increasing it slowly as you improve. Use it in conjunction with the Garmin Connect app to record steps and spur a a fun competition with friends. GET THE GEAR Visit The Source for a wide variety of wearable tech options that fit you and your lifestyle. Even better, CAA Members save up to 20% in-store and online when they buy through shopping.

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