Technology is both a gift and a curse. It makes our lives easier and keeps us connected, but it also keeps us seated. Living a sedentary lifestyle can make you gain weight, lose important joint mobility and make you feel tired. So, if you love technology, consider embracing some FIT TECH so you can experience the joy of playing with a new gadget while getting fit and learning about your body.
I hope you didn’t give up on your ‘Get fit for 2017’ yet because using apps and gadgets can help to keep resolutioners on the right path by tracking progress and providing feedback and insight into how best to approach training and exercise on the individual level. Use technology to your fitness advantage. Get fit and healthy with the best gadgets on the market.
An effective fitness tracker or activity band can be just the thing you need to make sure you stick to your New Year’s resolution. For most people, when they hear “fitness tracker,” the first one that comes to mind is Fitbit. While it’s easily one of the most popular and well-known brands, it isn’t necessarily the best fitness gadget on the market. In the name of good health, you deserve a new fitness tracker. Search for “fitness trackers” on Amazon.com, and you’ll get, oh,22,845. Picking the one you want to spend your hard-earned cash on can seem like a pretty daunting task. That’s why Lumoid lets you rent fitness trackers before buying them—and “Wearable Boxes” lend you up to five devices (including the Apple Watch and the Moto 360) for two weeks. There’s no fee if you buy a tracker through the site—and $25 for the box if you decide to return all of them.
2. Wireless Earphones
Looking for great workout headphones? JLab Epic2 Bluetooth is the best wireless workout headphones for most people headed for the gym or outdoors. These headphones are stable, sturdy, and sealed to block out distractions. If you’re one of the people whose never been able to find a pair of earbuds that you find comfortable and that you feel give you a sense of total immersion? Try out the JLab. Let’s put it this way: At the $99.99 price point compared to the Beats $200 price point? They’re not just better quality, but they’re also a good deal.
3. Apps: IFitness And Runkeeper
RunKeeper was one of the early running applications available for the iPhone and has since expanded to include Android phones. RunKeeper combines GPS tracking, map integration, music management, and more into a polished application. All of your RunKeeper activities, including those you enter in manually, are aggregated on the phone and your RunKeeper dashboard—accessible through the main RunKeeper website. If you’re more interested in tracking weight lifting and stationary fitness routines than running and cardio activity, iFitness has you covered. iFitness has a catalog of over 300 exercises ranging from those requiring cable machines and free weights to exercises you can do without any equipment. You can easily mix together exercises to create custom routines.
4. Smart Scale
Scales can be demoralizing, as weeks of exercise and healthy eating produces a negligible difference to your weight. It’s often cited as one of the main reason people give up on their fitness routines. But Lumsing Smart Scale aims to change your view of bathroom scales. Our premise is that there’s a lot more to getting fit than just losing weight, and an average set of scales doesn’t give you all the information you need. Winning feature is that it detects body fat percentage– a lower percentage leads to a higher metabolic rate and more muscle tone. However, our device goes beyond weight and body fat and can measure metrics like BMI, muscle mass, body water percentage, bone mass, BMR and basal metabolic rate. Instead of recording your weight manually, this smart scale does the job for you, syncing with its free health app IWellness so you can track your weight over time, and even link with your fitness band for 360-degrees health monitoring thanks to the Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity. Use it efficiently to meet all of your fitness goals, and even your family fitness goals, given it can store up to 10 unique user profiles.
5. Find Like-Minded People Online
Message boards and social networks can help you stay motivated and connected with like-minded people, while also learning new ways to stay healthy. Some of our favorites include Reddit’s /r/fitness and /r/running subreddits, along with sites like Runner’s World and the forums over at Bodybuilding.com.
How About You?
Have you spent a lot of time with a fitness tracking tool, whether it’s as old-school as Weight Watchers or as new as the tools above? Share your experience—including what’s worked well and what hasn’t—in the comments.