Fitness tech has come a long way, with bulky bands giving way to sleek clip-ons, unobtrusive necklaces and stylish bracelets and watches. The problem isn't finding a gadget that works for your lifestyle, but rather choosing from among the countless options that are on the market. Smartwatch or smart shirt? A wireless sleep tracker you don't even have to wear? How about a life tracker that might actually extend your life?
With so many to choose from, more information is better. Here are some of the latest and greatest workout-boosting gadgets for both fitness fanatics and the weekend warriors:
If your goal is to move more, this stylish watch-style tracker not only offers smart coaching, but also prompts you to get up and go when it senses you've been on your duff for too long. Pair with the Polar H7 for bonus features like motivational post-workout feedback and fitness testing.
For the fashion conscious, it comes in six waterproof color options.
When weather, schedules, or space make going to a crowded gym a necessity, combat distractions with some serious blood pumping audio.
Sony makes noise cancelling earbuds that deliver high-resolution audio, while blocking out the grunts and clangs of the meatheads and the drone of the gym TVs.
This cutting-edge roller is the recovery device preferred by many of the world's elite athletes. It uses a combination of pressure and vibration at three different speed settings to enhance your pre and post-workout results.
Use the VYPER for self massage, warm ups and to loosen up tight muscles.
4. FitBit Blaze
The classic FitBit features are paired with smartwatch technology in the Blaze, which tracks fitness data and alerts you to calls and texts on a stunning full-color touchscreen. There's also music control, so you don't have to fumble with yet another device on the treadmill.
Running out of ideas on what to do at the gym? This device also includes workout tips!
This brand's leap into the gadget market comes with a big endorsement from prima ballerina of the moment, Misty Copeland.
The Health Box is a three-part system with the UA Band (a wearable tracker that displays workout data), a chest-strap heart rate monitor, and a smart scale – all of which use Bluetooth to sync to the UA app.
Heavy lifters will love this German-made sensor that's relatively new to the US. Wear it while using machines, free weights or isometric techniques, and it senses when your form is off.
Instant audio feedback via the companion app reminds you to adjust grip, posture or pace – no personal trainer necessary.
Touted as the “world’s first biometric smart shirt" for men and women, Hexoskin's shirt (plus hardware pack) maps heart rate, breathing rate and movement data.
Then syncs up with wellness apps such as MapMyRun, so you can track your workouts without bulky wearables.
Why add gadgets to your workout routine? Because they are an easy way to optimize and track performance so you can get the most out of your workouts and meet your fitness goals, whether they are big or small.
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