By Anja Trenkwalder
Elm Staff Writer
With modern technology advancing at an unheard of pace, high-tech gadgets have long since entered the health and fitness industry. Thanks to theses enchancements, keeping track of your goals has become easier. Whether your aim is to walk 10,000 steps a day, monitor your blood sugar, or eat a certain number of calories, there are smart little helpers out there that cater to your every need:
FitBit: Though arguably a bit dated, this one is a classic. Disguised as a simple yet stylish bracelet, this gadget literally tracks your every move. Your FitBit keeps track of your activity levels, analyzes how many calories you have burned, how far you have walked, and so on. More advanced models offer additional features like GPS tracking and heart rate measuring. At the end of the day, you can simply sync your FitBit with your smartphone for easy access to your data analysis. You can purchase your device at fitbit.com. Prices vary by model and range from $60 to $250.
Sensoria Smart Sock: Wearable technology is a quickly growing trend, but who would have thought that they would end up taking over the sock-industry? The Sensoria Smart Sock is a brand-new athletic sock that features a built-in tracker, which transmits your pressure signals during running to a complimentary app for your smartphone. This allows your performance to be analyzed and evaluated automatically. The app also gives you suggestions on how to improve so that you can achieve your individual running goals most efficiently. The sock is washable (it may be smart to hand-wash), regardless of the electronics inside it, and is 100 percent safe to be worn even if it gets hot and sweaty. A pair costs $119 and can be ordered at sensoriafitness.com.
MyFitnessPal: Long gone are the days of keeping physical journals, and manually adding up your calories. One of the most popular iPhone apps out there, MyFitnessPal, allows you to keep track of your macronutrients and calories for the day (and week) the easy way. Simply enter whatever food and drink you may have had during the day into your log, and this app will calculate your macros. Depending on your fitness goals, you can either allow the app to create your ideal macros, or you can plug in your own preferred ratio of carbs, proteins, and fats. The app also throws into account your lifestyle (whether you are sedentary or active), and the kind of exercise you do per day. Simply download the free app onto your smartphone and you are good to go. MyFitnessPal even allows you to connect with friends online, so you can share your results for motivation.
Bellabeat: It looks like a tastefully designed piece of jewelry but with a very practical twist. Worn as a necklace, bracelet, or clip, this leaf-shaped ornament actually tracks your activity levels, sleep-breathing pattern, and even helps the ladies understand their monthly cycle. The Bellabeat also has a built-in, wake up function, in-activity alarms, and many other convenient features. Simply connect the tracker to your smartphone or go online for easy use. It comes in one of three different colors (silver, rose gold, and yellow gold) and is about an inch in size. Get it at bellabeat.com for $120 to $250.
iSpO2 Pulse Oximeter: This portable device allows athletes to track their pulse rate, perfusion index, and blood oxygen levels mid-workout and on the go. Simply connect it to your smartphone, and it spits out your stats. In addition, the Oximeter can store the data of one or multiple athletes (therefore, it can be used for a whole team) and can transfer the data, for example, to your coach. Find it on amazon.com for $250.
The gadgets listed above are just a few examples of some of the kinds of accessories you may find to help guide you to your personal fitness goals, and there are plenty more options out there to try. So, step up your workout, and give these modern fitness gadgets a try.