Without question, one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to get fit, get in shape, eat healthier, work on health and wellness, or some combination of all of the above. Yet many of us slack until Spring is in the air and we realize that there are only a few months left to achieve that desired beach body.
Getting a better body requires a number of things, including exercise, adequate hydration and sleep, and healthy eating habits. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get rid of the muffin top, form some visible abs, or simply feel better about your body, there are lots of fitness gadgets, and apps that work with them, that can help. Here are 10 worth considering.
Fitbit Versa Smartwatch
With this smartwatch, you can track your steps, activities including fitness classes, workouts, and sports, sleep (including specific sleep stages to know how much deep, light, and REM sleep you get), resting and peak heart rate through continuous measurements, and work to achieve daily goals.
Compete with friends to get the most steps, receive motivational messages, including reminders to get up and move if you’ve been sitting too long, and keep track of other factors that relate to your health and wellness through partner apps and devices, like your weight, nutrition, and even water intake. You can also receive smartphone notifications for things like incoming calls and social media messages, and play music to keep you further motivated while working out.
Use this belt to hold your phone, credit or membership card, keys, and other items while working out at the gym, going for a run, or cycling without having to bring a bag with you, or use a locker. It fits overtop the waistband of your workout pants, and won’t ride up to get in the way of an intense workout.
Made from stretchy material with double stitching, it can fit all of the latest smartphones, including ones with big screens, like the iPhone X. It comes in a variety of sizes to fit all body types, and different colors to suit your personal style.
Withings Body+ Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale
A scale might seem like a passive device that delivers potentially discouraging news. But a smart one like this one can actually serve as a useful motivator towards kicking your body into shape. Once you step on, it will send your health stats to the Health Mate app on your smartphone, where you can keep track of your progress over time, set goals, and be motivated to achieve them.
In addition to your weight and body mass index (BMI), it also measures muscle mass and bone mass, And it can integrate with food tracking apps like MyFitnessPaul and Weight Watchers, or training apps like MayMyRun, for creating a fully holistic picture of your journey towards a better you.
ProForm Multi-Training Door Gym
If you don’t have the time to head out to the gym 2-3 times per week, nor the room to have a full gym at home, you can still get small gadgets that allow you to do intense exercises.
This multi-training door gym can be mounted at most standard (28”-32”) doorways to provide a spot where you can do chin-ups, pull-ups, and other similar exercises. You can also place it on the floor to assist while doing other exercises, like tricep dips and push-ups. The handlebars are made using soft foam grips so they’re comfortable to hold and they have three positions.
Gaiam Classic Backless Balance Ball
Balance balls might seem like there’s not much to them, but when used correctly, you can get a pretty good work-out doing things like sit-ups and crunches. You can also use it in place of a chair if your job requires that you sit for long hours, helping to prevent you from slouching and improving your posture over time.
Measuring 52cm in diameter, the ball comes with a chair with locking caster wheels so you can easily shift around when needed. You can also lock the wheels in place and use the chair to prevent the Ball from rolling away when using it as part of a multi-activity workout.
ProForm Mini Stepper
If you have a small home or live in a small apartment that can’t accommodate a full-sized elliptical or other cardio machines, this device might be a good compromise. The miniature-sized stepper comes with a pair of bungee-style resistant bands that help tone your arms and torso while you step to simultaneously exercise your lower body.
As a bonus, it even has an electronic calorie counter so you can keep track of how many calories you’re burning on-the-fly.
Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor
Slap this device on your wrist and get instant heart rate monitoring without the need for a chest strap or an expensive smartwatch. It’s ideal for runners or cyclers who want to see when they’ve reached the target heart rate for their age and weight so they know to slow down or, conversely, to ramp up if they haven’t yet reached the maximum level for optimal fitness.
It even provides zone alerts so you don’t have to keep glancing to check when you’ve reached your target heart rate. Operating using a simple two-finger touch process, it will also display calories burned. And it’s water- and shock-resistant as well, so there’s no worry about running with it in the rain.
FitDesk Under Desk Cycle
Stay active even when you traditionally couldn’t possibly be active, such as while sitting at your desk at the office. Place this device under your desk, in place of a footrest, and instead of resting your feet while you work, cycle away to keep your legs moving in a smooth, consistent motion, and your energy up.
It has a very low 9.6” pedal height so you won’t bump your knees on a desk as low as 25’, along with eight-position magnetic resistance, and a meter that displays progress, including speed, distance, calories, and scan. The balanced flywheel and twin belt drive ensure that it’s quiet while you pedal so as not to disturb those in the office or cubicles next to you.
Polar H7 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor & Fitness Tracker
Wear this heart rate sensor around your chest while you work out and get accurate heart rate monitoring and details on calories burned delivered to the Polar Flow or Polar Beat app on your compatible smartphone over Bluetooth Low Energy.
Using Gym Link, you can also connect it to compatible activity trackers and gym equipment. The strap is made from soft fabric so it will be comfortable to wear, and adapt to your body shape. When the battery in the sensor dies, you can easily replace it.