The latest and greatest trend in athletics isn’t necessarily to work hard. It’s to work smart.
That approach to getting fit is easier than ever with the explosion of wearable technology, smartphone apps, and accessories designed to help you get the most out of your workout.
Here’s how you can harness the power of your smartphone to make it easier to look and feel great.
Let’s be honest – the toughest thing about getting in shape is sticking with it. There are a few apps that take an unconventional approach to helping you get up off the couch.
Pact: This free app forces you to put your money where your mouth is. You agree to pay a certain amount for healthy activities like eating more fruits and veggies, or going for a run. If you don’t do it, you lose your money. If you do it, you’re rewarded using the funds from the other app users who skipped what they said they’d do.
MyFitnessPal: If you’d rather lower the stakes, this free app connects you to a super supportive community who shares your fitness goals. If you need positive reinforcement to help you lose weight, exercise more, or eat a healthier diet, this is the app for you.
Measure and Manage Your Data
Wearable technology has made it easier than ever to zero in on what you’re accomplishing when you exercise – everything from your heart rate to number of steps to calories burned. Many of them pair up with your smartphone.
Jawbone Up Move: This affordable option is easy to use and perfect for someone who’s never used wearable tech before.
Garmin vivosmart Fitness Band: Take your training to the next level with a heart rate monitor and sleep tracking, along with recording your steps and other activity.
Samsung Galaxy Gear S2: Go high fashion with a smart watch that looks great and gives you access to your favorite Android fitness apps right on your wrist.
Accessorize Your Training
While your smartphone might make a great device for tracking everything you do, it’s not always easy to bring it with you. With the right accessories, it’s no longer a hassle to workout with your phone.
Motorola Wireless Headphones: No more tangled cords or yanking things out of your ears. These pair using bluetooth technology with your phone to stream all your favorite audio.
Yurbuds Universal Armband: One of the biggest workout headaches is where to carry your smartphone. Investing in an armband or holster to strap it to your body is all but essential.
Withings Smart Scale: Augment the data coming in from your wearable device with a scale that does more than measure your weight. Some scales can also track lean mass, body fat percentage, and body mass index (BMI).
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