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Eat, Play, Keep Fit

Business Traveler (USA) - - WORLD WISE - By Ross Atkin­son

Stroll, walk, even run through train sta­tions, air­ports and to your ho­tel – and as you do, re­mem­ber, ev­ery step you take means calo­ries burned and that counts to­ward stay­ing fit while you travel. With the dra­matic im­prove­ment in the cal­iber of food pre­sented to trav­el­ers plane­side, at 35,000 feet, in the ho­tel and even on the street, food – re­ally good food – has be­come part of our jour­neys.

With that also comes the in­creased temp­ta­tion to sat­isfy the pal­ette and en­joy all that life has to of­fer. At the same time, the de­mands of travel give us a de­sire to keep an eye on our phys­i­cal fit­ness on the road. Wear­ables make this eas­ier than ever.

While trav­el­ing, I of­ten felt I was get­ting less ex­er­cise. Af­ter sev­eral months of wear­ing the sim­ple Fit­bit Flex, I found that when I trav­eled I was ac­tu­ally on the move more of­ten than when I went to the gym to hit the tread­mill. Granted on the move while on the road is not car­dio. How­ever it is more steps and that was some­thing I had not pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered.

There are nu­mer­ous de­vices to track steps, dis­tance, sleep, and even com­pete with fit friends. There are sim­ple de­vices start­ing at $50, as well as apps for our phones. Now the wear­ables mar­ket has evolved to such heights that we can e-mail, text, lis­ten to mu­sic, take calls and more for prices that start in the mid-$100 to well over $500.

Track­ing

Search­ing for a track­ing de­vice from one re­tailer re­sulted in 82 dif­fer­ent op­tions rang­ing in price from $49 to $299. Sev­eral of th­ese medium-priced op­tions would do more than just track your steps; some of the more ad­vanced op­tions in­cluded large dis­plays that show steps, plus dis­tance, pace and even odome­ters for run­ning, swim­ming or bik­ing.

Most of th­ese de­vices of­fer the abil­ity to sync your data with popular apps so you can track your stats. Th­ese apps of­ten have com­mu­ni­ties you can join, or you can in­vite friends so you can com­pete against one an­other. It is a great way to stay con­nected with oth­ers on the road and de­velop healthy, life-chang­ing habits.

Of all the ca­pa­bil­i­ties I found in th­ese step track­ers, the most in­ter­est­ing fea­ture was a con­tin­u­ous heart rate mon­i­tor. What a great way to get in tune with your body!

Telling Time and More

Smart­watches seems to be the craze for 2015 with ven­dors the likes of Mo­torola, Sam­sung, LG, Sony, Asus, Pee­ble, and the muchan­tic­i­pated Ap­ple Watch hav­ing launched or with im­me­di­ate plans to launch. And th­ese smart­watches are so much more than a watch or even a track­ing de­vice.

On one’s wrist is the next big thing that does ev­ery­thing we’ve al­ready come to ex­pect – re­ceive texts, e-mail alerts, track your fit­ness and more – but the Cog­ito goes a“step”fur­ther. Ev­ery step, ev­ery day, it will even send you a text when it senses a lack of ac­tiv­ity.

Much like a James Bond movie, you can screen your calls with in­com­ing caller de­tail on a clas­sic watch face, an­swer it, and im­me­di­ately jump into the deep blue wa­ters of Aegean wear­ing your phone, watch, lap­top – all wrapped up in one stylish pack­age.

Blue tooth ca­pa­bil­i­ties al­low you to snap pho­tos on your cam­era or smart­phone.

Style and fash­ion is not lost ei­ther – on the con­trary, in th­ese de­vices, tech savvy meets tech sexy. Th­ese are chic, stylish, fash­ion for­ward ac­ces­sories that are state­ments in them­selves.

Eat, Play and Keep Fit on the road; wear­ables and apps have made the in­ter­sec­tion of time, per­sonal pro­duc­tiv­ity, fi­nance, fit­ness and many other ar­eas of our lives just a bit eas­ier.

So the ques­tion is: Where in travel will wear­ables take us next? BT

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