For the health buff, fitness gadgets are their best friends. Much like how mobile devices are to the professionals and common Joe, fitness gadgets help keep track of their fitness progress. For the same reason, countless fitness apps are now occupying memory space of smartphones and other handheld devices. With so many to choose from how do you make the right choice and which are the ones that really work? Here’s a short list of the fitness gadgets this year that took home the vote from fitness enthusiasts and endorsers.
BodyMedia Fit Core 2
This is a fitness device that measures the calories you burn and shows your exercise intensity; it even measures the calories you’ve taken as well as your sleep pattern. It has wireless connectivity to transfer or synch data to iOS or android app via Bluetooth. Your fitness progress data are accessible in the online dashboard and can be shared on Facebook. This device is worn on your arm and is required to be worn all day, to which it becomes a disadvantage. There is also a monthly subscription required.
Are you a runner or cyclist that is data-obsessed? If you are, then this device may be what you’re looking for. Viiiiva is a device that monitors or measures your heart rate in real time and sends that data directly to the Viiiiva iOS app by Bluetooth. Data can also be sent to your smart watch like Adidas or Timex. Another feature of this device is that data can be linked to other iOS fitness app like Strava and RunKeeper. However, Viiiiva is only compatible with iOS devices and progress data is not shareable in social media.
Aside from monitoring the heart rate, this device can also monitor speed, calories burned, cadence, speed and travelled distance when complemented by foot sensor pod for runners and bike sensors for cyclists.
Withings Smart Activity Tracker
This is another kind of clip-on device used to monitor your pulse, strides run, number of steps, covered distance, calories burned as well as sleep pattern. Like other fitness devices, the progress data can be synched to iOS or android apps via Bluetooth. One smart feature of this device is that the data automatically links to your Withings profile that you can likewise send to your dietician or physician; based on these data they can make suggestions to further enhance your fitness progress. This device has a small display in front to easily see your progress. Another good feature is that its battery has long life that lasts up to two weeks in one charge.
Coming out soon is this device that comes with two components: a bracelet for monitoring upper body activities and a shoe clip to monitor lower body activities. The basis for monitoring activities by this device is the body movements, for instance running on treadmill or bicep curls. Like the other devices, the data are synched via Bluetooth to iOS or android app. One best feature of this device is that it is waterproof so watersports can also be monitored accordingly.