As exercise and physical activity has grown in popularity over recent years, so too has the market for fitness electronics and accessories. Today, the number of gadgets available to consumers continues to climb, pushed by advancing technologies and interest. From walk and running, to swimming and biking, there exists a wide variety of devices designed to help users challenge themselves, set goals or simply get in shape. This article will explore the different kinds of fitness electronics, how they work and how people can benefit from them.
Fitness watches are by far the most popular fitness electronic on the market today. They are so in demand, in fact, that a different watch exists for almost any sport or activity one can think of. The following are the most common fitness watches:
Multi-Sport watches, as the name would suggest, generally accommodate multiple activities, including running (or walking/jogging), cycling, swimming, ect. These watches are easy to use and typically allow the user to select the activity with the touch of a button.
For those looking for a watch that can accommodate running, cycling and swimming (such as a triathlete), the TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch is a great choice. This watch records time, distance and pace on a high-res display. The waterproof watch also includes a swim sensor and optional cadence.
Running watches often include an integrated GPS receiver in order to track your location as you run. This way, the watch can track your distance, speed and pace. These watches are generally user-friendly and feature an intuitive interface and one-button control.
For those who know every mile matters while running, the Garmin Forerunner 10 Running Watch is a perfect way to capture each one. This watch tracks distance, speed/pace and calories, and also identifies personal records and provides motivation and alerts along with way.
In cycling, cadence is the number of revolutions of the crank per minute—roughly speaking, this is the rate at which a cyclist is pedaling. Bike cadences monitor a cyclist’s speed and distance using a GPS receiver to track location, and usually measure altitude as well.
Designed for the cyclist who wants to track every detail, the Garmin Edge 810 Bicycle GPS Navigator is the one. In addition to mapping, the Edge 810 records distance, speed metrics, ascent and descent, grade and more. It’s even allows custom data fields based on cycling activity.
Heart Rate Monitors
Heart rate monitors measure a person’s heart rate in real time or record the heart rate for later study. Largely used by athletes or those engaging in various types of physical activity, heart rate monitors help athletes stay in their target zones in order to burn calories, burn fat or simply get a good cardio workout.
Ideal for users who are looking for basic heart rate-based features, the Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor is designed to help keep fitness training simple. The FT4 shows fitness improvement based on heart rate, displays calories burned, and includes coded HR transmission to avoid cross talk.
Pedometers measure the distance traveled on foot by recording the number of steps taken by detecting the motion of the person’s moving hips. These devices are generally worn by the avid walker—not runner. Pedometers typically calibrate to determine how an individual’s step varies.
When ready to take the next step in a fitness routine, the New Balance VIA Active Pedometer can help. The Via Active uses the latest 3Axis® technology, making it the ideal companion to daily walking sessions. When the session is ended, the workout results can be downloaded via the integrated USB.
Wristbands are fashionable fitness accessories for those who prefer a smaller form factor with less bulk. Since the idea behind these trendy trackers is that they are worn at all times in order to monitor daily activity, design is a major concern for people who wear them.
For those looking for both an attractive and a discreet way to track their daily activity, the Fitbit Flex is a smart option. During the day, it tracks steps, distance and calories burned. Flex is also flexible. You can take this tiny tracker out and put it into any of Flex’s colorful bands to fit your mood (or your clothes).