Today’s carrot is to check out some of the awesome high-tech gadgets out there that help you monitor and track your exercise/eating habits and motivate you to continue. I’ve already discussed several of the apps that are out there, but here are some of the really cool tech toys that can help you lose weight and stay in shape.
Fitbit. The Fitbit One is waterproof, packed with features, syncs wirelessly, tracks sleep patterns and acts as a silent alarm, syncs with a wireless scale, and way more. Not only is this the most feature-packed of the fitness trackers, it’s also the cheapest at $100.
Jawbone Up. The Up has a lot of the same features as the Fitbit, but through their app you can also track your food and log your mood. The coolest feature is the smart alarm that tracks your sleep cycle and wakes you at the right stage. It’s a little pricier at $130, and hasn’t gotten as good of reviews as the One, but I’m a big nerd for sleep patterns and the smart alarm sounds awesome!
Nike FuelBand. The Nike FuelBand is the most expensive of the fitness trackers I’ve seen, and it’s also rumored to track pretty inaccurately. One review mentioned that even Nike themselves said the FuelBand was more of a “motivational tool” than a scientific tracker.
Basis B1. I’ve mentioned the B1 band before, as it’s probably the coolest fitness tracker out there (though it doesn’t have a smart alarm). The cool thing about this is that it monitors tons of data all day and builds very beautiful graphs of everything you do. It also has challenges for you to conquer, which helps turn everyday life into a game. I’ll probably hold off until they add GPS, though, because I want something that will track cycling well, and the only thing I’ve found that does that is my smartphone.
You don’t need one of these nifty gadgets to track your workout and exercise, though. I’m doing just fine logging my calories and the miles I’ve walked/biked online or through an app. You can also keep a handwritten journal. It may take a little longer, but you can get calorie estimates for many foods and do some simple math (distance/time) to figure out how many calories you walk/jog/bike away during the day. Whatever you have access to, you can make it work. Or maybe you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to get bogged down in paperwork. You’d rather spend your time exercising rather than journaling about it, and that works, too.