Going for gold
Wearable gadgets help every modernday Renaissance man keep his body a temple
Know thyself”was a popular maxim in Ancient Greece. The quest for selfknowledge has now gone high-tech with the trend for
daily life into data.
The best known are fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Nike+, not to mention the new-to-the-market Apple Watch.
much-anticipated Watch last month to great fanfare. This nifty gadget features a sapphire display, four sensors on the back, NFC, Apple Pay and a choice of six straps.
As a fitness tracker, it has“Workout” and“Activity”apps. They use a mix of data – the watch tracks things like your pulse while the phone provides information on the distances you’ve walked/run.
Now for some not-so-good news: Apple Watch is pricey, tagged at $350, and it requires an iPhone 5 or better to do its tricks. And, oh, yeah, it won’t even be available until some nebulous“early next year”launch date.
But there are plenty of devices out there right now that can monitor your sleep, weight, air quality, eating, posture and more.
The common thread is that these affordable, portable gadgets give data on your performance – information that a few years ago would only have been accessible to elite athletes with a team of personal trainers. So whether you want to train for your first marathon or simply make good on your NewYear’s resolutions, there’s now a gadget and an app to help you.
Certified personal trainer Lol Lecanu uses a heart rate monitor watch to log her training sessions.“It elevates my performance,”she says.“I can see that I’m training at the right heart rate for my goals, whether that’s strength training, endurance or fat burning.”
She adds:“Experts are constantly warning that we are becoming dangerously unfit and obese, as a nation. Gadgets such as these are a really cool way to make exercise fun.” Here are ten to try out.