Fit for the future
New fitness gadgets can help you fight off winter weight gain, writes Jennifer DudleyNicholson
FITBIT ULTRA FitBit, $ 119.95, fitbit. com
★★★★★■ The FitBit Ultra might look like a pedometer but it tracks so much more than your steps. This 11g, 5.5cm gadget clips on to clothes to track your every move, from the steps you take to the stairs you climb, the calories you burn and the distance you cover. With a press of its one button, it displays the results, though users can upload stats to FitBit’s database, where it will show your progress in daily, weekly and monthly graphs. The FitBit Ultra works using a three- axis motion sensor and you can even wear it to bed and track how deeply you’ve slept based on your movement. It lacks wireless connectivity to its phone app but fit Aussies, or those who want to be fit Aussies, will love it.
FITBIT ARIA FitBit, $ 149.95, fitbit. com
★★★★★■ Tracking your weight is not often a pleasant task but at least it’s not difficult with FitBit’s newest product. The FitBit Aria scales are not only advanced enough to register your weight, report on your body fat and calculate your body mass index, but they will connect to a wireless network to automatically sync the information to your FitBit account. Thankfully, the data is private by default. These scales are also smart enough to recognise up to eight different users, logging statistics individually. Setting up the Aria scales is easy – its four AA batteries arrive in place and a free download helps you establish a FitBit account with results shown on the web.
MOTOACTV 8GB Motorola, $ 291, expansys. com. au
★★★★★■ Motorola may not have officially launched its fitness gadget Down Under, but it’s sneaking in the back door. The MotoActv fitness tracker is a small, square device with a 1.6- inch touchscreen used to show the time, your step count and calories burned. Touch this screen and you can access many other features as this device can track your workouts in detail – whether running or walking – deliver music and even connect to a Google Android smartphone by Bluetooth to deliver incoming call alerts, text messages, Facebook and Twitter updates or weather information. Its wireless connectivity makes it a standout from the pack.
AFTERSHOKZ SPORT AfterShokz, $ 129.95, volumestore. com. au
★★★★■ These fitness headphones are so unique they don’t even go inside your ears. This AfterShokz headset instead rests just outside your ear canal, on your jawbone, and delivers music to your brain using bone- conduction technology. Mercifully, it’s not as painful as it sounds. The orange pads on these headphones play music into your ear canal with vibration, bypassing your ear. Block your ears with your fingers and you’ll still hear music. This means you can listen to music and still hear everything around you, making them great for pedestrians and office workers. The vibration is powered by a rechargeable battery and basic music controls feature on its in- line control.
MONSTER ISPORT Convoy International, $ 199, ehifi. com. au
★★★★■ Not all earbuds make good exercise partners. Keeping the miniature speakers inside your ear can be a serious challenge, particularly during high- intensity, sweaty workouts. Monster has taken a run at solving this issue with the iSport Immersion In- Ear Headphones. Their biggest addition is a flap connected to each earbud which Monster calls a SportsClip that sits inside the ridge of your ear, holding the bud in place. Four extra pairs arrive with the headphones, to suit all ears. Monster also delivers extra earbud tips, a flat cable for fewer tangles and an in- line remote control to change volume or pause songs, plus these headphones are sweat- proof and even washable.