This year was the year of harnessing our personal data — in 2013, we all wanted to know how well we slept, how many steps we took, and how many calories we burned each the day. So if you've got a fit friend who's ready to get on the fitness-tracking train, look no further. From scales to heart-rate monitors, we've rounded up some of the best fitness gadgets from this year; check out these fitness gadgets that make a great gift!
"UP"date: There's a new band in town — the Jawbone UP24! Before getting to our review of last year's model, learn about the minimal upgrades to the new UP24 in the next slide.
The POPSUGAR Tech and Fitness teams faced off in a Jawbone UP challenge to see if using the fitness tracker band could really motivate us to take more walks during the day, go to bed at a decent hour, and otherwise live a healthier lifestyle.
Built with an accelerometer, the hypoallergenic rubber UP ($130) monitors daily activity like walking and running and breaks that activity down by total steps taken, pace, distance, and calories burned. The data is then synced to UP's iOS and Android apps — which also include a nutrition database to record meals and snacks — by inserting one end of the band into the phone's headphone jack. For the less motion-based exercises, users can input a workout into the app, like yoga for 30 minutes, which is then logged with an estimate of calories burned. Recent software updates to the iOS app will now pull in information from third-party wellness apps like MyFitnessPal and Withings.
Available in eight colors, the UP band also monitors sleep cycle, showing in a graph the hours of deep or restless sleep per night, and how long it took to fall asleep. Intended to be worn 24/7 (it's water-resistant!), UP will send you a little buzz when you've been sitting too long or vibrate to gently wake you up in the morning with the smart alarm setting.
While, admittedly, the Tech team didn't always keep up on daily steps as compared to the marathon-training Fitness team, all four participants wore the UP bracelet for about a month, from sleep to shower to the gym.
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The sleep-, step-, and diet-tracking UP fitness band by Jawbone ($130) is now compatible with Android devices. The new Android app, which arrives nearly two years after the band's official launch, is a welcome addition to the previously iOS-only Jawbone UP, which is just one competitor in this year's fitness gadget extravaganza.
Jawbone's iOS app also got an update today, adding a pep talk feature that lets UP teammates share encouraging emoticons with each other and international support for 10 different languages, including Chinese, French, and Spanish.
Last year, Jawbone went back to the drawing board for its fitness-tracking gadget, after technical failures resulted in massive user complaints. The company offered a no questions asked refund for the UP band and revamped the wearable tech into a more flexible and responsive device. We're teaming up with the POPSUGAR Fitness crew to try out the new and improved hardware — so stay tuned for a full review.
In addition to Android expansion, Jawbone is taking its wristband overseas. The UP band is now available at Apple Stores in 25 additional European countries, and will be sold at Apple Stores in Asia and Australia starting next month, along with other retail partners in the Middle East.
We're engaging in a little friendly competition with the POPSUGAR Fitness crew to see which team can log the most steps, sleep the soundest, and eat the healthiest. This snap of our officiating judge, the Jawbone UP band, is our way of saying: challenge accepted.
Team Tech will, of course, be evaluating Jawbone's wearable fitness gadget and mobile app along the way, so stay tuned for a full review!
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At this year's CES, there was no shortage of heart-rate, exercise, and diet gizmos demoing just in time for everyone's get fit for 2013 New Year's resolutions. We wandered the South Hall show floor, looking for the most innovative health devices the tech world has to offer. Take a look at the fitness bands, scales, watches, pedometers, and orbs (yes, actual orbs) of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.
For those who love technology as much as the treadmill, there is no shortage of fitness gadgets available this holiday season. From heart rate monitors to iPhone accessories, the latest technology is shaping up and taking to the gym, one app at a time. Suitable for the holidays and, yes, that New Year's resolution, we found 12 gadgets that will help any techie break a sweat with maximum precision and maybe a social network or two. Click to find the perfect gift in your price range —endorphins not included.
With the plethora of fitness gadgets available in 2011, we had hi-tech help to keep the January exercise resolutions in gear all year. These pocket-size (and smaller!) products provided extra inspiration when to stay active and keep moving when curling up with Battlestar Galactica sounded more fun. Which fitness gadget did you use this year and find helped you stay motivated?
You don't need much to exercise. But for the techy folks in your life, keeping things old school by running barefoot through the streets in an old team-building shirt probably won't cut it. For those cutting-edge individuals, only the most up-to-date gadgets will do; and who better to help us pick them out then the girls at GeekSugar. If you know someone who prefers the latest materials, technology, or gadgets when it comes to working out, then we've got a gift for them.
Exercise is obviously really important to me, and although I'm a huge fan of Madonna, I'm in no way a "Material Girl." I must admit, though, there are a handful of fitness gadgets and items I just can't live without. Here are my top five favorites:
- My yoga mat (Manduka, of course).
- My Specialized Ruby Comp road bike — she's a beauty.
- My Pearl Izumi trail running sneakers that keep my feet stable and dry.
- Moisture-wicking sports bra (gotta keep those girls supported and comfy).
- My iPhone Armpocket which I never exercise without.
What are your top five?