Who says technology is turning us all into couch potatoes. High tech devices are actually revolutionizing the way we exercise, train, and monitor our overall health, from heart rate to sleep quality. Here are just a few of the gadgets designed to help you take your health and fitness to a whole new level with the help of technology.
1. O_SYNCE ScreenEye X Visor The Screeneye X offers an innovative heads-up display that allows the wearer to visualize training data through their field of vision. Using any ANT + sensor the Screeneye X displays heart rate, speed, distance, stop times, lap times, training zones and coaching tips. The display is illuminated by light collection in film integrated into the visor to provide excellent contrast and easy readability in varying lighting. Training data can be exported to a PC via a micro USB connection. $180
2. FINIS Neptune Waterproof Headphones The Neptune waterproof MP3 player uses Bone Conduction audio transmission for high quality underwater sound without ear buds. It has a storage capacity of 4GB. This flexible gadget allows swimmers to listen to music, audio books, podcasts and more, with incredible clarity. The included charging cable also allows for quick song upload to the device. The 3-piece design has 2 side speakers and a high contrast OLED screen that sits comfortably on the back of the head. Easy to use, the Neptune attaches to goggle straps, resting on the cheekbones so not to interfere with swimming technique. $159
3. BKOOL Turbo Trainer with Cadence Sensor The BKOOL Turbo bike trainer transmits heart rate, power, speed, cadence and calories burned to a PC (soon it will be compatible to sync with IOS and Android devices). But it also makes indoor training rides more fun. The Turbo can record outdoor cycling workouts using a GPS device so they can be uploaded and repeated indoors. It can be connected to a PC so the cyclist can watch real-world video from around the world while training. Looking for a little friendly competition? Download a friend’s training ride and compare your performance on the same course. $621.00
4. UP Wristband Jawbone’s UP wristband tracks steps, distance, calories, active time and idle time. It then calculates calories burned based on your age, gender, height and weight, along with activity intensity and duration. The band is offered in four great colors, is splash resistant and is made of hypoallergenic TPU rubber. The lithium-ion polymer battery charges in approximately 80 minutes and lasts up to 10 days between charges. Connect to your favorite apps – or discover new ones within UP. $129.00
5. Withings Smart Body Analyzer This is not your parent’s bathroom scale. This sleek hi tech device lets you track your heart rate, weight and body composition and understand how your body works, just by stepping on the “scale.” The Smart Body scale lets you set weight goals, breaking them down into weekly achievable targets. It also measures the air quality of your surrounding environment through temperature and carbon dioxide monitoring, so you know when it’s time to take your workout into the fresh air. The Smart Body analyzer accommodates up to 8 users. $149.00
6. AIQ BioMan Clothing AIQ uses “wearable” textile electrodes combined with modern information technology to create workout clothing that provides vital sign monitoring for different applications without sacrificing comfort. It offers Bluetooth connectivity to your smart device to analyze data, follow and control weight, refine sports training sessions and continuously monitor health conditions. BioMan sport clothing is machine washable. Pricing varies depending on the garment.
The Take Away
These are just a few examples of the amazing technology available to help you be your best. Whether you are training for a marathon or just trying to stay active and maintain a healthy weight, the important thing to remember is consistency. If you have trouble staying on track with your fitness plan, check out these or any of the many other hi tech devices that are designed to help you stay fit and healthy.
Editor’s Note: Pricing on the devices highlighted in this article may vary.