Happy Halloween to all my ghoulish readers! Feel free to go all out this evening getting your candy fix, because Val has been hard at work creating a great fitness tip to keep you on track starting tomorrow. Tell us Val, what can we do to help burn those candy calories?
Gadgets vs. Gimmicks
The fitness industry is loaded with products promising huge results with little effort – shoes that tone your legs and butt, electric belts for six-pack abs, and “miracle” weight loss pills. If a product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But that’s not to say all gadgets are to be treated equal. There are several devices currently on the market that will lend a hand in improving your health and reaching your fitness goals.
Fitness Wristband (Nike+ FuelBand, FitBit, Jawbone, Amiigo) – These health trackers have evolved from the old school pedometers from years past. Track your daily activity, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep patterns. Paired with a web account or mobile app these athletic “bracelets” collect data and insight into your lifestyle and health habits.
Wi-Fi Body Scale – For those of you who are a slave to the scale; try a smart scale. Record your weight, body fat percentage, and BMI with increased accuracy and then automatically upload the data to your computer or smartphone.
GPS Watch + Heartrate Monitor (Garmin, Nike+) – Keep track of your daily miles and meters, pace yourself for achieving a race PR, and record your top speeds while swimming/biking/running.
Strava.com – Using a smartphone and health/fitness apps to monitor your workout and vital signs is easier than ever these days. Now this popular website ups the ante on your GPS tracking device by adding a competitive social network! Record your route, net elevation, average and min/max speed, overall timing – and see where you rank against your online friends!
Unfortunately these high tech gadgets don’t work alone. They’re simply designed to measure the intensity of your workout and to track your progress. In the end, staying fit and improving your health still requires sweat and commitment. But a new gadget may motivate you to get you off the couch and moving!
Great tip as always Val! I know we’re moving into the dreaded winter months, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to let your fitness fall by the wayside. Maybe pick up one of these gadgets to re-inspire you, or buy one as a holiday gift for someone who may need a little extra motivation. If you already have one, turn it on while trick or treating and see how far you go!