When you're thinking about gadgets for the fitness gurus on your shopping list this holiday season, you might think you're stuck giving the same gifts all your friends will be handing out. This list gives you five options that will exceed expectations, making the gift-giving experience all the richer.
UP24 is the newest in a line of wrist-to-smartphone products. It tracks choices during the day and compiles data via Bluetooth whether one is asleep or awake. The combination of an attractive wristband and a smartphone app allows people to track workouts, food intake (by keyboard input or code scanning), sleep and moods, and there's even a customizable idle alert. UP24 comes in two colors and three sizes (Jawbone, $150).
Your favorite fitness fanatic might think she knows everything about her body, but after you gift her with Withings Smart Body Analyzer, she really will! Utilizing the analyzer and the accompanying smartphone (or tablet) app, not only can she monitor her body weight and composition, but she can track her heart rate and fitness level and check indoor air quality through temperature and CO2 levels — all with a 60-second setup process (Best Buy, $150).
How happy someone will be after discovering his eating patterns utilizing the HAPIfork remains to be seen, but any fitness nut should enjoy the idea behind a utensil that coaches him toward healthier eating habits. The electronic fork will light up and vibrate if someone eats too fast. Pairing the fork with a smartphone shares information — such as how many times the fork went from plate to mouth and how quickly. It reports actual intervals between fork servings and delivers a success ratio. HAPIfork is available in four colors (Brookstone, $100).
Whether deep-sea diving or skiing, there is virtually no place the GoPro Hero3 White Edition camera cannot go. It has become the camera for filming sports and activities. It's so small and takes such incredible videos that people will think you've hired a film crew to follow your friend around. Nope — you've given her the most mountable, versatile and wearable GoPro yet. Recently featured on a major network news program, it delivers stunning video in a tiny package, and the GoPro app turns any smartphone into a remote-control, viewing or sharing device (Wal-Mart, $200).
The Waterfi Waterproof Apple iPod Shuffle is the perfect accessory for the swimmer in your life. No longer left to the silence of the water rushing by their ears, swimmers can now conveniently clip the tiny Shuffle onto their swim cap or goggles, and utilizing the 2GB of memory, they can swim for as long as they want without hearing a song twice. The Waterfi is good down to a depth of 210 feet, and there is no case needed — all waterproofing is inside the device. It comes in eight dazzling colors (Amazon, $170).
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