Make 2014 your healthiest year yet with our favorite fitness gadgets
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They measure the number of steps you take, the
number of calories you burn, and the number of miles you walk. And depending on
which one you buy, an activity tracker can also provide tips on improving your
posture, customize a gym workout for you, and establish goals for how much
sleep to get. All this advice doesn't come cheap, however: Activity trackers
cost upwards of $100. To help you decide which one is right for you, we've
put together a collection of our favorite fitness gadgets for 2014.
UP is an exercise band and app that helps you track how you move and eat, as
well as how well and how much you sleep, so you can make healthier choices and
turn them into permanent habits. Whether you're striving to get in at least 20
minutes of interval walking daily or sleep for 8 hours at night, this sleek
wristband and app provides suggested daily goals based on your own habits and
you're looking for 360-view of your lifestyle, the Polar Loop activity tracker
might be the right gadget for you. This fitness wristband reminds you to get up
when you've been sitting for too long, gives you guidance on how to get in
shape faster, and also records how many steps you've taken and the number of
calories burned. In addition, it has built-in heart rate sensors.
if you need another reason to hop on a bike, the Atom is a rechargeable battery
and lightweight bicycle generator that produces energy each time you bike, so
you can power your electronic and mobile devices during your rides. It's
compatible with iPhones, iPods, Galaxy phones, and GPS trackers. This gadget
will motivate you to bike more often and protect the earth by producing
have shown that sitting in front of your computer all day can take a big toll on
your posture and your back. The LUMOBack comes with a band that you wear around
your waist under or over your shirt, which lets you know when you need to
correct your posture with a gentle vibration. As if that's not enough, it
tracks your daily activities, including the number of steps you've taken, the
time you spent sitting, calories burned, and your sleep habits.
as an armband or on your leg, Push Strength is like having a personal trainer
with you at the gym. You choose a
workout on the Push app through your smartphone, and the attached Push strap
will transmit data to your phone that includes the force, strength, balance,
and tempo of your exercise. Based on your performance, the device will let you
know how to improve your workout.
Your social network is your fitness playground with the Striiv
Play. In addition to tracking your steps, distance traveled, time that you're
active, and calories burned, Striiv allows you to participate in mini social
games with other Striiv users and gives you personal challenges to keep you on
track. Striiv is a thin device the size of a pedometer that you can clip onto
your belt, pocket, bra, backpack, or purse. The device is synced to the Striiv
Play app on your smartphone, where you'll be able to keep track of your
progress and engage in challenges and games with other Striiv users.
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