Fitness Accessories and Apps for Your Inner #SweatySelfie
With bathing suit season approaching and May dubbed as National Physical Fitness and Sports month, it’s time to finally jump into that workout routine you told yourself you’d start back in January. To help, here’s nothing like shiny, new accessories to make what used to be a dull trip to the gym just a little more exciting. Check out this list of accessories for some ideas on how to tech out your daily workouts.
Yurbuds: Made for athletes and high intensity work outs, yurbuds have Twistlock Technology so they won’t fall out of your ear. Sweat and water resistant, these yurbuds are not only practical but they are also built for comfort – coming with ergonomic ear pieces.
Scoshe boomBOTTLE: This rugged wireless speaker is weatherproof and is the exact size of a water bottle - fitting most cup holders and water bottle holders. The boomBOTTLE is rechargeable, providing up to 10 hours of listening power – perfect for that all-day bike adventure.
The JBL Flip with Bluetooth®: An ideal wireless stereo system for smartphones and tablets. With two 1-5/8-inch (40-millimeter) drivers and a built-in bass port, it delivers full-range JBL sound with exceptional bass – all in a portable package. The JBL Flip offers up to 5 hours of playback time from its built-in Li-ion rechargeable battery and connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth-equipped device. With performance that comparably priced products can’t match, the JBL Flip is the ultimate wireless portable stereo speaker for any environment.
Swingbyte: Want to look like a pro on the golf course? The SwingByte 2 uploads user swing information to website for further analysis and coaching. This golf swing analysis accessory can be used with IOS and Android phones and tablets. The device easily attaches to any golf club.
Fitbit One: This is the perfect accessory to track calories burned, steps taken and stairs climbed. With the Fitbit One, you can automatically download these stats to your computer or use the app on your phone or tablet to download. The Fitbit One also monitors sleep patterns and gently vibrates to wake you up.
Fitbit Zip: Want to get in shape this summer? Track your steps and calories burned with the Fitbit Zip, which comes in an array of colors. The device syncs automatically to computer or handheld devices and can help you set goals, view progress and challenge friends. The Fitbit Zip is sweat, rain and splash resistant.
Fitbit Force Wristband: For the most advance fitness buddy, check out the Fitbut Force Wristband. Track your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day. The Fitbit Force Wristband syncs automatically to your computer or handheld device. You can also track sleeping patterns to ensure full nights of rest.
Devices are great to enhance your workout, but sometimes the best fitness sidekick fits right in the palm of your hand. Check out a few of our favorite fitness apps below:
Argus: If you are looking for an all-day fitness tracker, Argus is it. “Argus turns your iPhone into a sophisticated health and fitness device as it monitors and manages your activities, food, workouts, sleep, hydration, weight and vitals, helping you make sense of numerous bio-feedback data points to reach your health goals and improve overall well-being” according to their description in the Apple store. Argus is free on iTunes.
Coach Alba: According to the Coach Alba website, “in 2012, Coach Alba launched its flagship product, an adaptive, personalized SMS messaging platform designed to offer meaningful and timely support to users as they work toward personal improvement goals. The platform’s use of SMS texting makes it more widely available than a mobile app and more able to reach users during their individual crucial moments of vulnerability.” Learn more at https://coachalba.com/
Endomondo Sports Tracker: The Endomondo Sports Tracker allows users to Track their workouts, challenge their friends, and analyze training. According to the app’s description, “the only personal trainer you’ll ever need fits right in your pocket. Whether you’re running, cycling, walking, kayaking, or something completely different, we keep you motivated, and most importantly - keep what you’re doing fun. Track routes, record stats and share your workouts - all from one simple app.” The app is free on Google Play and iTunes.
Fitocracy: Fitocracy is a fitness tracker and personal trainer. According to their app description, “Fitocracy motivates you and helps you succeed at fitness and level up in real life…Track your workouts, earn points, unlock achievements, beat quests, and slay the laziness dragon.” The app also hosts several workout routines. Fitocracy is free on iTunes and Google Play.
GAIN Fitness: Gain fitness offers users customizable ad interactive workout packs created by personal trainers. As described on iTunes, “GAIN's Cross Trainer app takes world-class trainers from different fitness modalities (bodybuilding, yoga, Pilates, interval training, circus arts, CrossFit(TM), etc.), and places them conveniently in your pocket. This full-featured app builds personalized workout programs from over 1,300+ exercises. Workouts are algorithmically tailored to your fitness level, goal, equipment and schedule (in real-time).”