In recent years technology, health and fitness have combined providing the general consumer unprecedented access to medical information and encouraging people to maintain and improve their fitness by introducing competition and awards for every achievement reached.
If you are interested in getting fit and are struggling to find a running partner, choosing the right tech, from a site such as LookWhatsCool.com you can meet new friends, and compete with people on the other side of the world.
If you are a bit of a technophobe, fear not as once connected these devices are very low maintenance; in fact, they just work. We have listed some of our favorite personal gadgets below that can assist with your health, but there are many new pieces of technology being launched on what seems like a daily basis,
1 Withings Scale
For the vast majority of people, the reason they turn to fitness is to lose some weight. Perhaps they have been advised to by their doctor, or they have simply had enough and want to shed the pounds as quickly as possible. The Withings scale is the perfect piece of technology to help you achieve this. It is an advanced scale that not only records your weight but analyzes your BMI, body fat and muscle. The device connects to the internet via wifi, meaning that all of your statistics are transmitted to your mobile phone, graphs are produced, and you can see how well you are progressing towards your goals. The device can even be set up for eight separate people, meaning that the entire family can get involved, which provides further motivation.
The Fitbit probably deserves to hold the title of the breakthrough piece of fitness technology in recent years. At its most basic level, it is a simple pedometer, but with the clever use of technology a rewards system and a competitive twist Fitbit has single handledly developed the fitness category for everyday people.
My mother who is over 70 years old, uses her Fitbit on a daily basis, she is determined to hit her daily goal of 10,000 steps, and in the process, she has managed to lose over four stone in weight. The Fitbit system seems to have hit the target when it comes to engaging with people’s psyche, so if you want a constant companion to help motivate you, the Fitbit could well be the perfect solution.
Another way to lose weight is to eat less, and the aim of this next gadget, the Hapifork is to help you reduce your portions. The Hapifork works by measuring how quickly you are eating your food, how long it took you to eat your meal and the interval between each fork serving. Research has shown that satiety (the condition of feeling full when you have eaten) is not reached until about twenty minutes after you start to eat. Clearly, the quicker you eat your food, the more food you will consume, before feeling full. The Hapi fork alerts you when you are eating too quickly, encouraging you to slow down and in the process helps you to consume fewer calories.
4 Sensoria Smart Sock
Many people who take up a fitness regime, often choose jogging as their sport of choice. Jogging is free, easily available, and you can get to visit some fantastic sights. The problem with jogging is that it is an impact sport, which can put a lot of strain and pressure on your joints, and that can be challenging to measure. The Sensoria Smart Sock learns your running style, and then acts as a sort of coach, advising you on your pace, your running style, even how your feet are landing on the ground. Over time, these socks can not only help you to run faster and for longer distances, but they can also improve your running style which in turn will minimize the damage being caused to your joints.
5 Your Mobile Smart Phone
The final gadget I wanted to mention is one you might not even have considered. If you have a modern smartphone, be it Apple, Android or even Windows Mobile, you already have a piece of fitness equipment in your pocket. With the simple installation of the correct app, you can measure your daily calorie intake, count your steps, or even download your own personal fitness software to guide you in your quest. There has never been a better time to get fit, simply use some of these gadgets, or the many others available to maintain and increase your motivation.