Go­ing for gold

Wear­able gad­gets help ev­ery mod­ern­day Re­nais­sance man keep his body a tem­ple

Business Traveler (USA) - - TECH SAVVY - By Caramel Quin

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.

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