After all the indulgences of December, it is time to get back on track with a new fitness regime. We can begin January with all the best intentions, but more often than not after a few weeks fitness starts to fall off the radar. But – fear not – we have selected some of the best activity gadgets to keep you running/swimming/walking/climbing all year round.
Have you ever been on a run with your playlist on shuffle? It’s a lot easier to do physical exercise to an upbeat song that you can keep moving to, but if your music library throws up some smooth jazz, motivation and momentum is instantly ruined. Spotify Run is designed to detect the tempo of your run and will only play songs that match your pace. You can also adjust the tempo yourself to meet your personal requirement.
Apps for your Phone
So, what happens if you’ve got your playlist all planned out, but then you realise you don’t know any good exercises? There are now plenty of apps out there that can help you chose certain exercises for specific body parts depending on what you want to work on. Apps can now track your weigh-ins, log progress, capture picture progress and show you short demonstrations of exercises. The wonderful thing about using apps is that you can observe your progress each week and when you start to see results, you’ll really start to enjoy it. iPhoneness has a good list of recommeneded fitness apps on their website at http://bit.ly/1P5bhti.
Nutrition will be the most beneficial but also the hardest part of achieving your goals. This can be made easier with the help of My Fitness Pal. Simply download the app, enter your personal details such as weight, how active you are day-to-day and what your goal is, whether you want to lose 5lbs in 6 weeks or even gain weight. This will then generate what your daily calorie consumption will be and breaks it down into protein fats and carbs. My Fitness Pal has one of the largest food databases in the UK which allows you to scan the barcode on the packaging to enter the nutritional details straight into your daily log.
The fitness technology industry is exploding at the moment and shows no sign of slowing down, there’s now multiple smart devices that vary from thin wrist bands all the way up to smartwatches. I’m going to use the FitBit range as an example. FitBit has a selection of models that can suit your needs and price range. The devices can help you track your steps, distance, calories burnt and even monitors how well you’re sleeping. Hannah’s previous blog explores how smartwatches can also help with exercise.