11 Fitness Gadgets to Help Moms Get Fit
I'm not one for New Year's resolutions, but with the birth of my second daughter, Olive, in December, it's a no brainer that January is my month to get back on track to being healthy and fit. The year before I got pregnant, I got on the fitness tech bandwagon and used a gadget and a few fitness apps to help me drop 20 pounds. Now, I'm looking to treat myself to a new gadget to help me get motivated. Check out these 11 killer fitness gadgets that can help you get healthy and fit in 2014!
11 Fitness Gadgets
Click through to check out some of the most popular fitness gadgets to help you get healthy this new year!
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The Iqua Beat is pretty snazzy as it has a Bluetooth stereo headset with a built in heart rate monitor… IN THE EAR BUDS! How fancy is that? It also comes with an armband for your smartphone. So as you are working out, the app will provide you with real time information to let you know how you are doing in reaching your goals. It can track your heart rate, steps taken, distance, route and speed. Another bonus is that it’s sweat and splash proof!
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The BodyMedia Core is what you see all the contestants in The Biggest Loser using to monitor their activity. With this gadget you can monitor calories, activity and sleep. You can also upgrade to their Wireless Link Armband, equipped with Bluetooth for quick and easy uploads to your smart phone or computer. And for $6.95/month (with the first three months free), you can utilize the online tracking system to analyze your data. BodyMedia links to gobs of apps including, but not limited to, MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, Everymove, Spark People, Withings and Earnedit.
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The Fitbit Force is the newest gadget from Fitbit. I’ve used the Fitbit zip before, and I love the ease that this company has for its users. The Force adds a couple new elements to the Fitbit tracking system. It can track steps taken, distance traveled, quality of sleep, hours slept, stairs climbed, calories burned, how many minutes a day you are active, and it also displays time. What’s great about Fitbit is that they are linked to so many apps including Loseit, RunKeeper, Map My Fitness, MyFitnessPal, Endomondo, and Spark People. I’ve used Fitbit linked up with MyFitnessPal, and it was great to see that I was actually burning more calories than I thought and needed to eat more to help me lose weight and boost my metabolism. Go figure!
The Fitbit Aria is a perfect accoutrement to any other Fitbit gadget because it links up with your online Fitbit and app data for accurate tracking of weight loss and BMI. Up to eight different users can be tracked, with each user having his or her own password so you can control who has access to your weight loss information.
The Polar Loop is one of the newest fitness gadgets on the market right now. This device tracks calories burned, activity, steps taken and sleep patterns, tells time and provides real time activity feedback as you go throughout your day. It also has Bluetooth capabilities for quick and easy syncing. In addition to its rechargeable battery, it’s waterproof, so you can wear it while swimming laps! You can also use it with the Polar H6 or H7 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensor accessory for accurate heart rate monitoring as well.
The Misfit Shine is not only great for tracking activity, but also very versatile as it comes with a watch band or an apparatus to easily clip to your clothing. The Misfit Shine can track your steps, the distance you travel doing a variety of activities, including swimming, and estimate how many calories you burn. In addition, it will let you know how much sleep you are getting and the type of sleep you are doing. All of this data can be analyzed when you log in to the corresponding app.
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The Jawbone Up24 is the latest Jawbone model. This model is designed with Bluetooth so it’s always updating to your smartphone and can easily update to your computer. It tracks your movement, sleep and calculates calories burned based on your height and weight. It also tracks steps as well as active and idle time. In addition, with the app you can log non-step activity to adjust your data accurately (you can even put a start and stop time on your activity). The Jawbone is compatible with many Apps including RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, Map My Fitness, Fitstar, IFTTT, Strava, Wello, Sleepo, Loseit, Fitcoin, Tictrac, GymPact and Withings to help you fully take charge of your health and fitness.
The Fitbug Orb is a great choice for the financially conscious individual as it retails for $49.95. This cost-effective fitness gadget tracks your activity all day long, including steps, calories burned, distance and sleep. It also sends all of your data wirelessly to your phone app or computer. You can wear it three different ways as it comes with a wrist strap, belt clip and lanyard. The Fitbug Orb also links up with your MyFitnessPal app for optimal tracking.
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The Magellan Echo is a great tool for the runner. What’s neat about this product is that you can sync it to your smartphone and the watch will display real time data, including distance, pace and heart rate. You can also use the watch to change up your music without having to whip out your phone, and you can access, from the watch, the apps that the Echo can sync with like Strava, MapMyRun, Wahoo Fitness and iSmoothRun, with more app compatibility to come. You can upgrade to get the heart rate monitor strap for even more accurate tracking of your fitness.
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Nike+ Fuelband SE
The Nike+ Fuelband SE monitors not only your activities and intensity but also your sleep. In addition, the water-resistant band counts steps and displays your data in real time so you know at a moment’s notice how you are doing with your daily goals as the lights go from red to green. It comes in three sizes and is equipped with Bluetooth to easily upload your data to your smartphone or the Nike+ Fuelband App. With the app and the online tracking, you can further analyze your data and movement throughout the day.
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RunPhones are just a neat product. It doesn’t help you track anything, but it makes it super easy for you to keep your headphones in place! I despise running and having to continually plop my headphones back on. Runphones come in an option for the warmer or colder months. These built-in headphones will help make working out that much easier!
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