Do you wish your exercise routine was more fun? Exercise Physiologist Kathleen Alleaume shows you five fab fitness gadgets to help you get fit while enjoying yourself at the same time!
Sometimes we just need a little extra incentive to boost our regular exercise habits. And there’s no better way to do that than with the array of new high-tech gadgets that can make exercising more fun, or even turn it into a game! These gadgets can help you keep track of your health and keep you motivated towards your goals (and maybe you can even drop a few hints to Santa about which ones you’ve got your eye on…).
1. Your phone coach
Wahoo Fitness Blue HR – wirelessly links a heart rate monitor to your smart phone
The Wahoo Fitness Blue HR heart rate strap is the first to wirelessly link a heart rate monitor to smart phones without the need for an adapter. You can access accurate, real-time heart rate data so you stay within your target heart rate. Plus, you can use your favourite fitness app, like iBiker or iRunner, which maps your running, jogging, walking or cycling with built-in GPS. You can also still listen to your playlist and use your phone, while getting the most from your workout. RRP $90 from Apple stores.
2. Share results online
Adidas miCoach Speed Cell – track how far and fast you’ve run
This lightweight, compact device is designed to embed in the sole of your Adidas shoe (or clip on to a pair of standard running shoes) and can collect up to eight hours of data. This includes speed, number of sprints, running intensity, stride length and distance travelled. After a workout, you can connect wirelessly to your computer allowing you to keep a digital diary of your efforts and share and compare results with other miCoach users. RRP $100 from Rebel Sports.
3. Track all your moves
Fitbit One – keep track of all your daily activities and the kilojoules you’ve burned
This light, portable device fits nicely in your pocket. You can easily keep tabs on the number of steps you take, how far you’ve walked, the number of floors climbed and kilojoules burned. You can even measure your sleep cycle, how long you slept and the number of times you woke up, giving you an overall indication of the quality of your sleep. Bonus: it has a silent alarm that gently vibrates to give you a wake-up call – so you never miss a workout. RRP $119.95 from Harvey Norman.
4. Action TV
Wii Fit Plus – a fun alternative to DVDs
Let the games begin! Plug and play the latest version of Wii Fit into your TV. It’s packed with exercises, including yoga for flexibility and posture, strength workouts to help build and tone your muscles, and aerobic workouts that burn energy and increase fitness. You can create and customise your own routine by choosing as many activities as you like and repeating them in any order. You can also track the number of kilojoules you’ve burned. Priced from $129 (game and board) from EB Games and JB Hi-Fi.
5. Your smart scale
WiFi Body Scale – measure more than just your weight
Although this may be the most expensive set of scales you’ll ever buy, you get what you pay for. Measure your weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat and lean muscle mass. You can even transfer all of the data to your computer or iPhone, making it easy to keep track. Plus, set weight goals and see where your weight sits based on your height and gender. RRP $249.95 from Apple store online and JB Hi-Fi.