If there’s one thing I love more than working out, it’s all of the fun gadgets and gear that go along with an active lifestyle. But there are so many different products out there that it can be tough to figure out what’s worth your money. That’s why I’m here…to share with you four of my favorite, can’t-live-without fitness gadgets and gear that will get you motivated and help you take your workouts to the next level!
My number one favorite fitness gadget is my Garmin GPS running watch. When I first started running, I used the Garmin Forerunner 110 and then eventually upgraded to the Garmin 910XT, which is a multi-sport GPS watch (great for triathlon training!). Why do I love Garmins? They are user-friendly and super motivating. All watches track time, distance, and pace. If you purchase a heart-rate monitor with your watch, you’ll also get an accurate read on calories burned! For the casual runner, I recommend either the Garmin Forerunner 10 or the Garmin Forerunner 15. They will help take your running to the next level! (more…)
You see fitness and activity tracking gadgets everywhere these days. Whether it be something you clip on your clothes or something you wear on your wrist, more companies are creating solutions that help you keep track of your progress and stay motivated day by day. Garmin is the latest company to launch their own such product: the Garmin Vivofit fitness band. It comes in five colors (black, gray, green, blue, and purple) and will be available within the next month. The Vivofit is available for pre-order at $129.
Like other contenders for a spot on your wrist, the Vivofit’s pedometer function tracks the number of steps you walk (or run) in a day, the number of calories you burn, the distance you go, and patterns in your sleep. You’re able to visualize this data on the small display on the band itself, or via the accompanying free Garmin Connect iPhone and Android app on your smartphone. (iPhone app | Android app)
Garmin has finally introduced its first fitness app for the iPhone and Android. The $.99 Garmin Fit App will make it easier for all to measure distance, time, calories, and speed during their workouts. As Garmin is one of the most popular tracking devices among runners, cyclists, and triathletes, many others will be able to see the benefits of tracking their stats for a much lower price than purchasing a Garmin wrist unit.
The app claims to provide all the same functions as their physical wrist tracking unit, though. Whether walking, running, or cycling, users can track their speed and distance and then load the stats to the free online log at garminconnect.com.
The mobile app allows for users to stay totally connected. All the functions of a powerful fitness app are coupled with a mobile device that will still allow for music control, phone and text use, all without app interruption. The app also allows for goal setting and result sharing among social media accounts.
The Fit App is designed for those who are just entering the fitness arena and need an effective way to get started. The app is also a great solution to seasoned athletes who may have forgotten to charge their wrist device or left it at home by mistake while traveling. The app makes it possible for all activities to be tracked, no matter the circumstance.
The new Mac App store launched yesterday to help facilitate downloading applications straight to your computer and make installation even easier. Like the App Store you’re familiar with on your iPad or iPhone, it seems like there’s an app for just about everything, including some great tools discussed below to help you stay on track with your diet and fitness goals.
Perfect Diet Tracker
Perfect Diet Tracker is a food journaling app that helps you track what you eat. You can access over 75,000 food items and choose between working with imperial or metric measurements. It will help you create a personalized diet plan using your goals.
Another food journaling app, HealthNut uses the official USDA SR23 database which contains nearly 8,000 food items. Once you select the foods you’ve eaten or plan to eat, the program shows you not only the total calories, but also the percent protein, carb and fat. Plus, it’s easy to ad new foods or combine existing items to create new dishes.
Every phase of life has some tool or product that could make it better. For me right now, since I am training for a marathon, my focus is running. I have found some great tools to help me in this and one of my favorites happens to be a Garmin.
Watch now as I explain what the Garmin Forerunner is and why it’s now a part of my fitness regimen.