6 Technology Gadgets My Family Leverage to Improve Our Health and Fitness

Health and fitness is an important part of life. It is essential to maintaining a healthy weight, looking good, and feeling great. Having a great health and fitness routine can also help ward off sicknesses since a healthy diet, and regular fitness can boost the immune system. My family is no stranger to health and fitness routines. We routinely find something to do, and we often use special gadgets and technology to help us achieve our goals.

When the family is getting ready to start the daily workout and diet routines, there are a few things we keep in our arsenal that make it easy to stay on track and keep up the good work. We’ve decided to share with you our favorite things that keep us motivated and in shape all year round.

Smart Scales

Smart Scales

Scales are vastly important when starting a new diet and exercise routine. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the reasons why people purchase scales in the first place. Since technology has blossomed in the recent years, a new form of scale has emerged. Smart scales work similar to normal scales since they measure your weight. However, what smart scales have that normal scales don’t are several features.

Smart scales track your weight, yes, but they also give you a body mass index each time you step on. This measurement takes into account the lean body mass and the body fat percentages to give you accurate readings. Another great thing about the smart scales is the ability to display all your stats from weight to your progress. They also connect to your fitness trackers, like the Fitbit app and the Fitbit Aria smart scale. A quick list of the best smart scales on the market can be found on BestFiveReviewed.com.

Fitness Bands

fitness-bands

Much like smart scales are a step up from normal scales; fitness bands are a step up from the old pedometer. Fitness bands are typically bands that go around the wrist and track your activity during the day. Many fitness bands track your steps, calories burned, distance traveled, and even steps climbed. Some bands might even track your sleeping habits and your heart rate.

There are many different fitness band brands out there, but the most popular is the Fitbit. This company has started a revolution that works to motivate normal people to take healthier routes in their life. The Fitbit, which is the brand my family loves, sends reminders every hour to get up and walk, motivating you to reach your step goal, calorie goal, or even distance goal. The Active Times list of best fitness gadgets names the Fitbit as one of the top contenders.

Armbands

Armbands

Running is a great fitness activity for many people. However, running often needs a hands-free environment to adequately work the entire body. In this case, an armband would come in handy. These bands are made with an elastic band that wraps around the top of the arm to hold your cell phone for you. Many of the arm bands contain a protective screen that is still touch screen compatible for use, and they often have a hole in the bottom for headphone hookups.

Many people use armbands for all sorts of activities including weight lifting, jogging, walking, dancing, and more. While most armbands are made just for phones, there are some with added pockets for storage. The armband in Refinery29’s post about workout gear has a place for your house or car key. The special material also keeps sweat away from your device while the armband is in use.

Sports Bottles

Sports Bottles

When you are working out extremely hard, staying hydrated is a must. Water is your best friend when you are sweating to keep you from dehydrating, passing out, or weakening your muscles. However, carrying around a bottle of water doesn’t guarantee that the water will stay cold. That’s why you should invest in a sports bottle. Many sports bottles work to keep your drinks cool. They often have a special thermal insert for keeping the heat out and the cold in.

There are many different brands of sports bottles, and everyone has a different one that they enjoy. My family has their water bottles with the favorite colors, so we know which one belongs to which family member. You can find good sports bottles online, at sporting goods stores, and even at certain retail stores.

Headphones

Headphones

For many who work out regularly, music kept them motivated and pumped up. Listening to music might be great for one fitness guru, but it might be a hindrance to another. Luckily, there are headphones for that. Headphones come in many different varieties from the plug in earbuds, to Bluetooth headphones, to even Bluetooth earbuds. Whichever is the most comfortable to you is the best option for your workout.

There are even headphones that are made to stay in place no matter how much activity you do. When you take a look at Tech Radar’s number two fitness gadget on their list, you can see how the Philips headphones are great for runners or simple gym goers. They wick away moisture from sweat, and they are lightweight. They also have incredible sound for those music lovers.

Activity Tracker

Activity Tracker

Much like fitness bands, activity trackers work to measure how much activity you have done during the day. The difference between fitness bands and activity trackers is the type of activity that they are tracking. Fitness bands typically count steps and distance, but activity trackers often track workout types, workout durations, and more. These trackers might go on the wrist, shorts, or ankles to track your workouts.

Men’s Health has a list of fitness gadgets, and one of my favorite products is listed. The Atlas fitness tracker is a clever design that you put on your wrist, and it tracks your gym time. It logs your exercises, and it is so advanced that it even knows the difference between sit-ups, regular pushups, and diamond pushups. It connects to my phone, so I can see where I am gaining strength and where I need improvement.

Conclusion

When you are getting ready to start your health and fitness routines, don’t forget to check out some of the handy technology gadgets out there. They are great for a little extra motivation on the days you want to quit, great for tracking your progress, and great for pushing you toward your goals. The list goes on and on for these amazing gadgets, and with so many brands out there, you can find the one you love the most. Stay hydrated, stay motivated, and have fun.

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