6 Tech Gadgets You Need to Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals in 2015
After a gluttonous Christmas, it’s no surprise that at the top of everyone’s resolution list is, “get fit and lose weight.”
If you’re serious about it, and looking for a little extra support in the gym, there are plenty of gadgets and apps out there that could really help you achieve your goals. We’ve rounded up some of the best just for you. Aren’t we kind?
Fitness and Nutrition Tracking Apps – FREE
There is an abundance of fitness tracking apps available for both Android and IOS operating systems. Some you have to pay for, but others are free. Among them there is Myfitnesspal, which gives you free access to the world’s largest nutrition and calorie database. It allows you to input your meals and exercise done per day, and let’s you know how many calories you’ve lost. My Diet Coach is another one, but is more aimed at women. It allows you to set goals for yourself, but the best bit about this app is its colourful user-friendly interface.
Competitive Training Apps – FREE
Strava run/cycle and Nike+ Training club are more activity based and monitor your fitness by connecting to any of your wearable, GPS devices. They also enter you into a competitive social community where you can compete against each other and race to the top of the leader board. You can also challenge your friends and compare your progress and achievements.
Zombies, run! Game – £2.99
Zombies, run! is a fun, paid app that adds an element of excitement to getting fit. Essentially, it’s an immersive game and audio adventure, co-created by award winning novelist Naomi Alderman. You get the chance to become a hero in the story, simply by out-running Zombies and collecting virtual supplies. Then, when you get back home, you use the supplies to grow and build your base. This app sounds epic!
KiQplan & App – £19.99
By signing up to KiqPlan and downloading the free app, you are essentially gaining your own personal trainer. Kiqplan will keep you going by giving you the encouragement and inspiration when you need it most. It encourages you to eat better by providing you with advice and healthy recipes from experts to suit your plan, and it also makes you stay motivated by rewarding you with performance badges. Kiqplan promises that you if you follow their plan and hit those weekly targets, you’ll see noticeable results within 12 weeks.
Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Pro Earphones – Amazon from £24.99
Now we’re getting to the pricier gadgets, but needs must if you mean business, and sometimes when you’re kitted out, you feel more prepared for the challenge ahead. One of the most annoying things when exercising and listening to music at the same time, is when your earphones keep sliding out of your ears. It really puts you off your stride, but there is a solution to this problem, in the form of Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Pro Earphones available from Amazon. With their twist-lock technology, they’re guaranteed too never fall out. They’re ultra soft and comfortable, sweat and water resistant, and even tangle resistant – a staple for every gym-goer.
The next two are wearable activity trackers and so these are a little on the expensive side, but not compared to other models in their field. Activity trackers do exactly what you think – they track your activity, but they also allow you to set goals and compete with friends.
Misfit Shine Activity Tracker – Amazon from £58.95
Misfit Shine is probably the most attractive tracker out there at the moment. It’s stylish, sleek and elegant and comes in a variety of colours. Easily disguisable, it can be worn anywhere as a necklace, wristband or broach. You can even just keep it in your pocket or shoe. There is no screen on it, but it still tracks your activity and sleep throughout the day.
Unlike other activity trackers you do have to manually start and stop tracking on the device itself, but then you can sync it to your other phone or tablet and continue to keep track of your movement and nutrition. The device has LED’s that signify how close you are to reaching your goal for the day. It’s also waterproof, so can be worn when swimming and there is no need to charge the device. We think this is one for the girls.
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Tracker & Sleep Wristband – PC World from £59.95
Fitbit Flex is available from PC World, and is again one of the cheapest, yet most stylish activity trackers around. If you like, this could be one for the boys (even though no gender is specified). It’s a wristband that has white LED indicator lights which help you track you goals. Each light represents a fifth of your goal. You just need to touch the display twice to see how you are getting on. It syncs to PC and Mac, as well as mobile, and automatically syncs when within 20 feet of the dongle.
Flex measures distance and steps, as well as sleep quality and calories burned. There is also an alarm option that makes it vibrate on your wrist to gently wake you up. Unlike Misfit, you do need to charge this device, but like Misfit, it comes in a variety of colours, because everyone ones to look good in the gym.