2011: A New Year For Fitness Gadgets

New gadgets for fitness

New gadgets for fitness

Fitness enthusiasts who do not yet have a Blackberry or iPhone will strongly consider it in 2011. With new apps (and gizmos) coming out all the time, it’s no wonder that the health conscious world has taken advantage of the new possibilities that smartphones have to offer. One popular (and older) app called Lose It! is a free calorie counter that lets you input data regarding your exercise as well as what you eat. Don’t have an iPhone? No worries. Sprint has teamed up with a company called BodyMedia which makes monitoring equipment. Let’s say you have their armband, Sprint’s wireless network sends information about your body’s vitals, sleep patterns and other activity levels to your phone. The beauty of this will be when you use this data to create workouts, monitor progress, and set goals. While the apps are free, the armbands come with subscription fees.
Some apps have built in GPS features enabling users to track how far they run or how fast you are cycling. Many of these apps are free if not 5 or 10 bucks. GPS gadgets such as armbands or clips (that attach to your clothes) measure your movement and/or activity levels will give sports training a whole new dynamic. While these products are undoubtedly useful and cool, fitness authorities warn that only a certain type of personality will want or care about having access to this amount of data.
The fact of the matter here is that knowledge is power—the power to control your health in ways you never thought was possible. During your jog, let’s say you stop for a snack. Your phone can give you an idea on whether the snack would be in line with your fitness goals or against it. While some may feel that less is more, in terms of what they know about the caloric intake of foods, a better awareness of our diet and fitness routine may be just what a society with a thirty-something percent obesity rate needs to promote a healthier lifestyle.

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