Who goes to the gym anymore without their Fitbit? How can you do your workout without your playlist, phone, fitness tracker and Instagram to keep you entertained during your gym time? This may sound exaggerated, but research has shown that technology actually helps motivate you and boost your workout results. There are apps where you can share your workout stats and build a little healthy competition between your friends and family. We’ve compiled a list of 4 pieces of tech you can use in the gym to help you achieve your workout goals.
The Best Tech Is A Healthy Body
Before we introduce you to new tech, remember that with any type of exercise, you need a healthy body to keep up with your workout goals. If you aim to complete 10,000 steps per day, it doesn’t help if you’re sitting on the couch for most of the day, eating chips. Get your body moving and make sure you’re eating right as well. Make sure you’re eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain a high level of energy that doesn’t give you a sugar crash in the middle of the day. For a boost in your workout results, you can take a supplement as well. Natural supplements like omega-3 or nitric oxide provide energy and strengthen your muscles during a workout. Check out Consumer Advisors for product reviews to find the best supplement that will benefit your workout the most.
Fitness trackers are built for every kind of person; for those who live a sedentary lifestyle and want to start moving, to hardcore athletes who want to track their miles. There are hundreds of versions of these sleek pieces that monitor your movement throughout the day. Depending on the price, a fitness tracker records things like your heart rate, number of steps, running route and the type of exercise you’re doing. There are even trackers that provide individualized workouts for your own personal stats. As it tracks your progress, your device can send you little encouragements or reminders of how close you are to your goal. Research has proven that a person’s activity rises after their purchase of a fitness tracker. Being more aware of your movements and setting goals for yourself is a definite way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Standard fitness trackers range from $10.00 to $100, depending if you want a GPS and heart-rate monitor included. A sleek, nice-looking watch we like is the WEMOSI Fitness Tracker which is only $9.99. If you want a tracker with more accurate readings and better functions, you should splurge on a Fitbit Alta or a Fitbit Flex, which range from $59.95 to $125.
Wireless earbuds that connect to your phone or music player are great for workouts. Earbuds that actually stay in your ear and you aren’t constantly reaching down to replace them so you can exercise without the hassle. Wireless earbuds are supposed to be lightweight and well designed for a lot of movement. We found two great earbuds that fit this description. Coulax True Wireless Earbuds are $43 and have bluetooth capability and last for 12 hours after charging. You can also try a more expensive pair for $119 to get Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds if you also want waterproof headphones and a heart rate monitor.
You never leave home without your phone and there are tons of sports apps that can connect to your fitness tracker to share with friends and family. We found two useful apps you can use during your workouts to stay motivated.
This free app can benefit the charity of your choice. It tracks the miles you’ve run and how long you’ve been on the road, and also donates to charity with money donated from corporate sponsors. Every mile you walk, run, or bike donates a few cents to your chosen charity. This way you can benefit your body and the world at the same time. So far, in total, Charity Miles has raised 2.5 million dollars for charity.
Fitbit Coach App
This app is free but with an upgrade for $39.99 per year, you have access to more content. It offers coaching workout videos you can do from your home or at the gym working on specific muscle groups and skills. It’s like having a personal trainer on your phone. This app also syncs up with your own Fitbit so the calories you burned and specific exercises you did are recorded and can be shared among your friends. It also includes tailored music playlists to keep you energized throughout your workout. This app is available for both iOS and Android.
Don’t Leave Your Tech At Home
Now that you know about four new pieces of tech, make sure you don’t leave home without them. You can change your workouts from boring to exciting by using these gadgets during your gym time. Remember to eat healthy and if you’re lacking any kind of vitamins, make sure to take a supplement. Staying active is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and using any of these gadgets helps maintain your motivation and track your progress. You will be reaching your fitness goals in no time!