The latest high-tech fitness gadgets
Technology is now front and center when it comes to our diet and fitness. Whether it's a phone app that helps us manage our daily calorie intake, a digital heart rate monitor or a new piece of exercise equipment, technology can help us set and reach our highest fitness goals. In the Digital Health and Fitness section of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, we found the following fitness gadgets, which are the latest and greatest in exercise technology.
Body Media FIT Core Armband
In its second year of existence, the Body Media armband has only gotten better. Not only is it smaller and less obtrusive, but the system tells you the number of calories you've burned throughout the day, the quality of your diet, and the efficiency of your sleep schedule.
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale
Regular scales are so two decades ago. For health and fitness buffs, being able to track your weight, BMI and body-fat percentage are more important than merely knowing your weight for the day. The Wi-Fi Smart Scale helps you do it all, allowing you to track your health goals through handy online and mobile apps that chart your weight loss.
Most headphones weren't designed with runners in mind, but Aftershokz are ultra runner-friendly. These headphones are powered by a bone conduction technology that allow wearers to listen to music while still being able to hear important ambient noises such as traffic, car horns and other warning signals. They also fit comfortably around the ears and the back of the head, so you don't have to worry about your ear buds slipping out of your ears in the middle of your workout.
Polar Wireless Heart Rate Monitor
A wireless heart-rate monitor that gives you information that makes sense, the Polar FT2 is a great choice for people looking to ease back into a workout regimen, especially those making it through the rough patch of keeping their New Year's resolutions. This monitor gives your heart rate and your target rate based on your age. It also records average and maximum heart rates and displays a summary at the end of your workout to help you manage your fitness goals.
The Striiv personal training device is a clever mix of fitness and charity. A small keychain with an interface, Striiv is a USB-powered device that counts your steps, stairs, calories and distance. It also integrates gaming and charity work (corporations donate based on number of steps participants walk), which can help keep you encouraged and motivated to sweat.