Fitness Technology

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I'm like the 90% of America in that I made a new years resolution to get into better shape, same one I made last year. So this year I want to give everyone a one up and make sure we're all aware of some of the helpful technology out there to keep us on track.

Well we all love our technology. I'm sure like most of you reading this, I'm never out of reach of my cell phone. So why don't we take better advantage of them, and any other technology for that matter?We keep seeing new technology developments out there to help us stay in shape better and make sure everything we do is more effective.

Of all the workout technology out there, I think the best and most usefull tools out there for us are ways to track and plan our progress. Being healthy isn't limited just to working out, it's a lifestyle. You need to eat right, you need to build good habbits. Luckily there are some options out there to help us with this.

Online diet and fitness trackers
In my experience, these are more focused on dieting, but they do account for fitness tracking as well. they can help you figure out how many calories you should have on a daily basis and set goals for weight loss. they'll track everything on any interval you want to use them on. You can also track your fitness, letting the sites make estimates at the amount of calories burnt by how long you've done verious workouts. The nice things about these, most of them have apps. This makes them easy to check and user anywhere.

One site with mentioning:
Spark PeopleSpark People
Spark people is a diet tracker with fitness tracking site. This site is designed primarily to be a diet tracker because it has far more capability on that end, but they do have a decent way to measure fitness. It's a pretty well rounded program that you can use from your desktop or from your cell phone.

In addition to the tracking, its also has some nice features like forums, healthy recipes and workout tips that it'll email you frequently. Definitely worth checking out.

Running trackers
If running is your workout of choice, there are some more fun options for you here. For a while now, people have been able to purchase things like GPS watches that'll track your course, speed and time. Nike even makes a full product line that'll let you create a Nike+ account to track everything. Even better though, since so many phones have GPS tracking, there are more and more apps ready for this, just search for, "GSP Running Tracker". The nice thing about this is, it takes more of the guess work out of your exercise and most of them have nice ways to track your progress. If your course deviates, or if you felt like you had a particularly good run, it can show you exactly how it went.

Full Health Trackers
This has been a new trending option I've been seeing more and more. There are a number of companies that are pushing devices that monitor your activity level, sleep quality, even your heart rate and thus your calories burned and such. These are impressive, but range wildly in their capabilities from device to device because they're always pushing so much more new technology. Many of them can be synced up with a cell phone and connect to an app or they can store their data and sync with a computer. If you're looking for a pretty detailed solution to track your progress, this is a good option to check out, but do your research since these are all such moving targets.

Here are a few new fitness trackers. Some are out already some are on their way out to the public, but they all look impressive. All have 24/7 monitoring, sync with a cell phone, and help you really start tracking your progress.

Nike+ Fuel Band FitBit Flex Activity Tracker Jawbone UP
Nike+ Fuel Band  Fitbit Flex  Withings Activity Tracker  Jawbone Up
What it Tracks
Through a sports-tested accelerometer, Nike+ FuelBand tracks your daily activity including running, walking, basketball, dancing and dozens of everyday activities. It tracks each step taken and calorie burned. It also tells the time of day.
What it Tracks
  • Steps taken
  • Distance traveled
  • Calories burned
  • Active minutes
  • Hours slept
  • Quality of sleep
What it Tracks
  • Steps, stairs, distance and calories tracking
  • Heart rate
    measurement
  • Sleep quality
    monitoring


What it Tracks
  • Sleep and Nap Tracking
  • 24/7 Activity Tracking
  • Food & Drink Tracking
  • Mood Tracking
  • Insight Engine

So what's your weapon of choice?

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