Working out consistently can be a chore, especially if you don’t seem to see the small changes that build up over time to result in the noticeable big ones. Good news: You and your iPod have a few new companions to help you notice and track even the tiniest changes your body undergoes while you sweat away.
Gear up for summer with these convenient and easy to use fitness gadgets that will get you in tip-top shape!
This Wi-Fi-enabled scale lets you to measure fitness, not just wait. The device automatically uploads information to your private Fitbit account each time you step on it, which then advises you on your personal daily calorie consumption needed to achieve your goal. You can then monitor your progress at Fitbit.com where you can track your trends, and compare your stats with friends and family. $129, fitbit.com.
Forget that unsightly chest strap. An accelerometer, and temperature and galvanic skin-response sensors are all packed into this little wristwatch to monitor your heart rate. The device also measures activity level, calories burned and sleep patterns. Set and achieve realistic goals with automatic push notifications, suggestions, and a game-like interface experience. $199, mybasis.com.
Track your every move with just a band around your wrist. The Nike Fuelband measures time, calories burned and steps taken to calculate an overall activity score that displays on the wristband. A wireless Bluetooth connection links to smartphone applications. $149, nikeinc.com.
Install this revolutionary cycling app onto your iPhone or iPod Touch and simply mount on your handlebars. Designed in collaboration with cycling coach Hunter Allen, the Powerhouse features distinct fitness plans tailored to the goals of training cyclists and lazy bums alike. Regimens last four to six weeks and include iSlim, Express Fitness, Brazilian Butt, Kid Fit, Weekend Warrior, Zero to 50 miles in Three Weeks and Healthy Heart. The program measures speed and distance and analyzes your performance against your personal goals. $269, ibikesports.com.
A one-touch heart rate monitor, pedometer and stop watch all within cute pink headphones. The New Balance 639 Fitness Evolved Headphones provides real-time feed back on heart rate, caloric burn, steps taken and distance without interrupting your tunes while you workout. For further long-term analysis, manage and graph your progress using the included HeartPal software by connecting to your home computer. $100, newbalance.com.