Summer is nearly here, and if you are finding it hard to get some motivation together to stay fit, or get in shape for summer, we have reviewed a handful of Gadgets to assist that transition. Workout routines can become monotonous, however with the right Gadget, it can turn that workout into a fun, motivating and accountable exercise.
Planning and Research is critical when buying a workout Gadget, because just that it looks cool, or says that it is going to transform your workout, can become an expensive exercise (pardon the pun). When making a purchase, talk to your friends, research on the Internet, and see what others are saying about the particular purchase in mind, and how they rate against other comparable products in the market.
Other important factors to take into consideration include Compatibility and Portability. Before you make a purchase, ensure that your new Gadget is compatible with any existing technology that you may have at home including smart devices and computers. Many of the latest gadgets enable you to take advantage of additional features like tracking your exercise via GPS, or by syncing your activity tracker with an internet enabled device, therefore it is important that you are not paying for features that you will not be able to use, or that will not work as designed without the required compatibility.
It is also important to ensure that the Gadget is not going to detract from your workout if you are constantly having to adjust it, becoming a hindrance, rather than adding to the success of your workout.
If running is your thing, and you don’t like the distraction of headphones and music whilst running, check out the Garmin VivoFit activity tracker. The Garmin VivoFit retails for $109.00, and displays steps, calories, distance; monitors sleep patterns, pairs with a heart rate monitor¹ for fitness activities. The band has been a favorite of mine, as this device has a key point of difference against many other activity trackers, a built in battery enabling 1+ year battery life . Unlike many other products, this prevents having to charge the device every 5-7 days, and is water-resistant up to 50 meters. You can synchronize your activities via Bluetooth using a compatible smart device or computer via the Garmin Connect App, and keep track of every run or walk, and compare your activities against your own goals, or share with a friend. – $109.00 RRP.
WiFi Body Scales:
The Withings Body Cardio Wi-Fi body scale uses Wi-Fi to automatically transmit your weight to your Smart Device. The Body Cardio Scales are the first and only Wi-Fi scale in the world that gives a medically-accepted assessment of cardiovascular health thanks to cutting-edge Pulse Wave Velocity measurements. This ultra-thin scale also tracks body composition (weight, body fat, muscle, bone mass and water) and synchronizes with your smartphone to display your trends and help you reach your health goals. With its extra slim glass and steel design, the Wi-Fi body scale is jam-packed with technology yet remains simple to use. It can automatically and upload your weight and impedance measurements to your device over Wi-Fi, and pairs with over 100 partner apps. AUD $249.00 RRP.
Apple Watch Sports:
Since it’s inception, that Apple Watch has set the standard for smart watches, within the wearable’s market. Built from a Stainless steel case with a Sapphire crystal Retina display, the Apple Watch is a slick device for everyday use, and activity tracking. The Apple Watch 2 has been recently upgraded and comes with a new dual-core processor to enable better performance within applications, built-in GPS to track your pace, distance and route — even if you don’t have your iPhone with you, and is now water resistant up to 50 meters allowing you to do swimming workouts in open water or track laps while swimming at the pool. Unlike standard activity trackers, the Apple Watch has a built-in Force Touch Ceramic back Heart rate sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope Ambient light sensor, to continuously measures your heart rate while you use the Workout app, and has up to 18 hours of battery life. The Apple Watch Series 1 Sport starts at AU$399 in 38mm and the Apple Watch Series 2 starts at AU$529 respectively.