Doing old school workouts and channeling your inner Rocky by lifting logs and chopping wood in the middle of nowhere makes for an entertaining montage, but fitness technology has come so far and can’t be ignored. If you want to maintain exceptional health and realize your potential as an athlete, there are a plethora of smart fitness gadgets you can use to transform yourself into a fit beast.
The advanced fitness technology we have now will allow you to analyze every aspect of your workout performance and your body, allowing you to stabilize your strengths and improve upon your weaknesses. It can be a pain trying to keep up with your fitness goals, especially when you factor in optimizing aspects like hydration, heart rate, calorie intake, and other data to help you complete your objectives. Smart fitness gadgets will help you crush your goals, maintain your health, and achieve your desired level of athleticism. If you are a serious athlete or health nut, my list of carefully selected smart fitness gadgets will get you to the next level and beyond.
I am going to break down some of my favorite things from water bottles, to bathroom scales, to treadmills and fitness trackers … and kitchen gadgets galore, hopes of saving you time and money when in search for the perfect gift for someone or yourself!
Where to begin?
Whether these items are for you or a gift, shopping smart is a must. I always start with looking at reviews and seeing what other people rated the item. Reviews don’t lie. Go with one that has a high number of reviews, most being positive. Selecting and item with 4 or 5 total reviews is not a good idea, no matter how great they are.
Treadmills vs Elliptical?
My vote is treadmill!
Buying a treadmill means no more working out in a sweaty, crowded gym, or having to change in those funky-smelling locker rooms. No more dodging piles of dog waste on the sidewalk. And no more close-calls with drivers not paying attention while you’re out for a morning jog.
Plus, treadmills aren’t just a one-trick pony. You can switch up your workouts to include a variety of cardio that includes walking, jogging, sprinting and running. Commit to that combo and nothing will stop you from losing weight, improving your heart health, gaining muscles, and increasing your endurance!
Moreover, you can also talk on the phone, work on your PC or Laptop, and watch television while working out on the treadmill at home. As multitasking is possible with the treadmill, your exercise becomes more fun and appealing.
These are the features you want to look for:
· Good horsepower in the motor. For home use 3.0 is sufficient
· at least 55 inches long and 20 inches wide
· Technology such as bluetooth/WiFi connectivity, large touch-screens, USB ports, heart rate monitoring, enhanced running programs, and other features enhance your workout and push you to train harder.
· $1000-$1200 can get you a great treadmill for home.
There's never been a better selection of fitness trackers, but with choice comes confusion. Which tracker has the features that are right for you and the activities you do? Here are some tips and recommendations for choosing the best tracker for your needs.
In general, most fitness trackers cost between $50 and $250. If you pay less than $50, you'll probably get a subpar product with mediocre accuracy. In addition, less expensive trackers usually don't have a display, so you can't see how many steps you've taken unless you look at your smartphone.
More expensive trackers usually include built-in optical heart rate monitors and GPS, and often, these features are tailored toward athletes and exercise enthusiasts. Don't get suckered into buying a tracker with a heart rate monitor if your primary activity is walking; it's an unnecessary expense. If you walk and don't do much else, there are great options in the $49 to $149 range.
If you do work out often, I highly recommend spending at least $99, as that's the price point where you'll start to see the features that are useful to very active users.
Garmin and Fitbit both make amazing products that are both user friendly and affordable.
My top picks:
The Best Fitness Tracker Deals This Week*
· Fitbit Inspire HR Activity Tracker — $68.99 (List Price $99.95; Save $30.96)
· Garmin Vivosmart 4 Activity and Fitness Tracker — $99.99 (List Price $129.99; Save $30)
· Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Fitness Tracker Watch — $91.38 (List Price $169.99; Save $78.61)
Hydrating your body with water during training, at work, school or just when taking a hike in the forest is important for your satisfaction, happiness, and health. A stylish and practical water bottle is everything you need and I have created this list to help you find your next H20 beholder.
I have strived to find unique and cool looking bottles with superior design and functionality. The vast number of great products can be overwhelming and it is difficult to answer the question what is the best water bottle.
But, there are a few things you should look for in a good bottle. I like leak-proof, insulated bottles made of safe BPA-free materials and water purifying filters, and you will find several of them in the list below.
The Hydro Flask comes in four sizes: 18, 32, 40 and 64 oz. The vacuum insulated flask with TempShield technology keeps water cold for up to 24 hours and hot beverages warm up to 6 hours.
All Hydro Flasks are made of non-toxic BPA-free plastics & 18/8 stainless steel food-grade stainless steel which is awesome.
The proprietary powder coat makes sure that your bottle stays slip-free and is ready to go wherever you want.
There are many others such as Swell, Yeti, Canteen, and about hundreds of others but I will caution you that many of them do not keep the water cold for as long as Hyrdoflask. There was an actual study done in which over 120 different water bottles were tested and Hydroflask did withhold the cold temperatures longest.
These days, bathroom scales allow you to track more than just your weight. The smartest models out there measure other health stats including body fat, bone density and water percentage.
Upgrade your bathroom scale with one of the latest digital scales. If you're looking for one that measures muscle mass or body fat percentage, or you want to track your weight, our test results will help you find the best!
My advice on this is find one that has an app that you can connect to your smart phone and track your progress and certainly make sure you get on it every once in a while to make sure it’s working! Prices of reliable scales have dropped quite a bit.. it used to be where a good scale would cost close to $100. You can now get one for $30.
I hope Instant Pot mania never dies. This beloved pressure cooker -- also called the Instapot -- continues to draw an obsessive, cult-like crowd of home cooks that have long forgotten about their slow cookers. Its name is fun to say, meals come together incredibly fast and, oh yeah, it makes damn delicious food.
If you’re like many home chefs, you no doubt love your air fryer. Perhaps you enjoy the speed with which it cooks, the health benefits, or the versatility.
You might be surprised to learn, however, that your air fryer can do even more. Yes, really! All you will need is a few simple accessories. From oil sprayers to meat thermometers and much more, check out the following list of the best air fryer accessories on the market.
Irene's pick: They are all great, you can't go wrong... but decide on which size is best for you and your family. I have found the ones with the racks is more convenient than the basin. I recently purchased the Instant Pot brand for $100 at Walmart.
Best Overall Blender
Though the best blenders are super-versatile tools that can be used to purée roasted vegetables into soups or chop ingredients into salsa, most people use their blender for one task: making smoothies. And if that’s the case, you don’t necessarily need the newest or most powerful blender on the market. You need the best blender for smoothies, one that can crush ice into a drinkable slush, cut through frozen fruits, and pulverize even the stringiest produce into a smooth liquid. So to find the best smoothie blender, I have spoken with chefs, wellness experts, and smoothie fanatics about the blenders they keep on their countertops.
· Magic Bullet
Whatever you are in the market for, be sure you do your research. Marketing is a powerful thing and you are certain to get suckered in to the most appealing item, especially at this time of year. Make sure you are I need of the the gadget, and that you feel you will use it. Don’t buy it to have it thinking this will “make you get in shape”. It will end up in a pile with last year’s junk. Shop smart and shop wise!
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