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Business Traveler (USA) - - INSIDE - By Rachel Jac­que­line

Grow­ing up, go­ing for a run meant sim­ply putting on my train­ers and head­ing out the door. These days, I won’t leave the house un­til I’m plugged into my mu­sic, and I won’t start run­ning un­til satel­lites be­gin track­ing on my GPS-en­abled watch, keep­ing tabs on my dis­tance, pace and heart rate while I run.

Some say tech­nol­ogy has made us lazy. Ev­ery­thing is elec­tronic these days, so we no longer have to do so many of the things we used to. And with mil­lions of hours of en­ter­tain­ment at our

Another view is that tech­nol­ogy regimes. Tech­nol­ogy is mak­ing us mo­ti­va­tional tools to mea­sur­ing de­vices, no step, stroke or pedal has been left un­touched by tech­nol­ogy.

And this is good news for those who are con­stantly on the go. We are more mo­ti­vated to ex­er­cise and have more in­for­ma­tion telling us about the ex­er­cise we are do­ing. With sen­sors and alarms, bleeps and screen blips, tech­nol­ogy helps us stick to our rou­tine, no mat­ter the time zone. In­stan­ta­neous feed­back on our weight, daily move­ments and sleep means we can keep an eye on how we’re do­ing while away from home.

Since in­ac­tiv­ity has been dis­cov­ered as a big­ger con­trib­u­tor to health risks than smok­ing, most track­ing de­vices and so­phis­ti­cated sports watches now in­clude sen­sors to re­mind us to keep mov­ing ev­ery 45 min­utes. Long-haul back-to-back movie marathons, but snooz­ing ses­sions bro­ken up with walk­ing breaks to sat­isfy our buzzing wearable de­vices.

Not con­vinced? Feed your cu­rios­ity with a col­lec­tion of our fa­vorite sport­ing gad­gets. 1 BEST RUN­NING GAD­GET Garmin Fore­run­ner 620, $399.99 garmin.com This touch­screen GPS run­ning watch from Garmin tracks your dis­tance, pace and heart rate, and uti­lizes track­ing tech­nol­ogy to cal­cu­late your re­cov­ery time. Think that tough run last night was enough to put you on the couch for a week? Let the Fore­run­ner 620 be the judge! Pair it with a heart rate

mon­i­tor and it cal­cu­lates your VO2 max (mea­sure of aer­o­bic ca­pac­ity), ca­dence, ground con­tact time and ver­ti­cal os­cil­la­tion. The Fore­run­ner 620 au­to­mat­i­cally caches satel­lite lo­ca­tions so its GPS ac­qui­si­tion is con­sid­er­ably faster than most watches of its kind. Best of all, its built-in con­nec­tiv­ity fea­ture en­ables you to sync the watch with your smart­phone for in­stant data up­loads. 2 BEST SPORTS TRACK­ING APP Strava, Free or up­grade to pre­mium for $6 a month/$60 a year strava.com Look­ing for ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion for your next run or cy­cle? The Strava app tracks dis­tance, mov­ing time, av­er­age speed, pace and calo­ries burned for 28 dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ca­noe­ing, for run­ning and cy­cling, since af­ter up­load­ing an ac­tiv­ity you can com­pare your per­for­mance against other Strava users over sec­tions of the same route. The app of­fers nu­mer­ous monthly chal­lenges, from the most kilo­me­ters run in a month to most ver­ti­cal kilo­me­ters climbed. It also al­lows you to form and join clubs to com­pete on a weekly leader­board. 3 BEST FIT­NESS TRACKER Po­lar Loop, $109.95 po­lar­loop.com the mar­ket, but the Po­lar Loop re­mains one of the best-priced 24/7 track­ing de­vices that con­nects to a heart rate mon­i­tor. Not only does it track your daily move­ments and re­mind you to move if you’ve been sit­ting too long, the heart rate mon­i­tor func­tion also al­lows for a ac­tiv­ity. At night, Po­lar Loop starts track­ing your sleep time au­to­mat­i­cally; out the qual­ity and length of your sleep. 4 BEST BIKE TOY Garmin Edge 1000 $599.99 for the bun­dle garmin.com The Edge 1000 is the grand­daddy of all bike com­put­ers. Nav­i­gate your way any­where in the world while view­ing your es­sen­tial stats such as heart rate, ca­dence and wattage easily on its 3-inch screen. The Edge 1000 is also pow­ered with other per­for­mance an­a­lytic po­ten­tial, such as the ped­al­based power me­ter that mea­sures to­tal power, left to right bal­ance and ca­dence. Paired with a smart­phone and Garmin’s mo­bile app, Garmin Con­nect, the Edge 1000 of­fers a suite of con­nected fea­tures, in­clud­ing the weather, live track­ing, in­com­ing call and text alerts, and so­cial media shar­ing.

5 BEST SCALES Fit­bit Aria WiFi Smart Scale $129.95 Af­ter cap­tur­ing your weight, BMI and body fat per­cent­age, the Aria syncs wire­lessly to your pri­vate Fit­bit ac­count to track your progress. For those look­ing to gain weight, the Aria also pro­vides body com­po­si­tion records to show when you’re build­ing mus­cle. The scale rec­og­nizes up to eight dif­fer­ent users and is com­pat­i­ble with 13 other third party ap­pli­ca­tions. 6 BEST SWIMMING MP3 PLAYER Fi­nis Nep­tune V2 $159.99 Rather than us­ing ear­phones, Fi­nis Nep­tune V2 uses rev­o­lu­tion­ary bone con­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy to trans­mit au­dio through the cheek­bone di­rectly into the in­ner ear so it feels like the mu­sic is play­ing in your head. It also makes for a more com­fort­able un­der­wa­ter au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence, and by keep­ing the ears free from ob­struc­tion, you can still hear sounds around you in the wa­ter. With­out the has­sle of wa­ter­proof cases or the Fi­nis Nep­tune V2 is com­pletely com­pat­i­bil­ity with iTunes. The only down­side is that it doesn’t have playlist func­tion­al­ity. But with 4GB of stor­age – ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 songs or 60 hours of play­back – and eight hours of bat­tery life, it of­fers more stor­age than a 2GB 7 BEST EAR­PHONES Yur­buds Leap Wire­less $79.95 yur­buds.com Yur­buds have com­bined their patented Twist Lock tech­nol­ogy, which en­sures ear­phones stay in even the most un­ac­com­mo­dat­ing of ears, with the power of wire­less in the Leap Wire­less ear­phones. Sweat-proof, wa­ter-re­sis­tant and with no wires to get in your way, work­ing out to mu­sic with Yur­buds will help you get the most out of your train­ing ses­sion. It’s pow­ered by Blue­tooth, equipped with a mi­cro­phone and of­fers up to six hours of wire­less for the ladies, too.

8 BEST MULTI-SPORT WATCH Suunto Am­bit3 Peak Black $500, Sap­phire $600 suunto.com Are your week­ends straight out of the pages of an out­doors mag­a­zine, packed with run­ning, bik­ing, open wa­ter swimming and moun­tain climb­ing? If so, you need a watch to track your ad­ven­tures. Worn by the likes of elite ul­tra­ma­rathoner Kil­ian Jor­net and moun­taineer Ueli Steck, the Suunto Am­bit3 Peak is one of the most func­tional – and ex­pen­sive – mul­ti­sports watches on the mar­ket. At the most ba­sic level it tracks your speed, pace and dis­tance, but its fea­tures are way more ad­vanced, from mea­sur­ing your heart rate in a pool and log­ging mul­ti­ple sports in one log – per­fect if you’re do­ing a triathlon. Fully cus­tom­iz­a­ble and in­te­grated with your smart­phone, in bat­tery sav­ing mode it can last for 50 hours – one of the long­est for a watch of its kind on the mar­ket.

9 BEST PER­FOR­MANCE TOY Leica Pin­mas­ter II $599 leica-cam­era.com

Is your club se­lec­tion and dis­tance judg­ing let­ting your golf game down? Then you need the Leica Pin­mas­ter II, a from Ger­man op­tics ex­perts green by im­prov­ing club se­lec­tion and avoid­ing the need to pace out dis­tances while also speed­ing up play. It may have been on the mar­ket a few years, but the Leica Pin­mas­ter II re­mains one of the small­est and light­est to 820 yards. It’s sim­ple to use, too, with the First-Tar­get Logic fea­ture mea­sur­ing the ob­jects closer to you for greater pre­ci­sion, while the scan mode gives a read­ing of dis­tances in front of you. 10 BEST SPORTS CAM­ERA GoPro Hero4 Black $499.99, Sil­ver $399.99 gopro.com Lights! Cam­era! Ac­tion! GoPro, the tiny box cam­era that has be­come vir­tu­ally syn­ony­mous with ac­tion cam­eras, launched the new Hero4 col­lec­tion in Oc­to­ber. The Hero4 Black cap­tures cin­ema-qual­ity video and im­proved im­age qual­ity, low-light per­for­mance, high­light mo­ment tag­ging and an im­proved user in­ter­face. At $100 cheaper, the Hero4 Sil­ver de­liv­ers al­most the same im­age qual­ity as Hero4 Black with­out some of the higher per­for­mance video cap­ture modes. BT

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