We all love gadgets of every kind – there’s smart refrigerators and even toasters, lights that can sense when you are in the room, and of course wearable tech that can track your workouts and help you monitor your health.
Here we take a look at 10 different health and fitness gadgets, from smart watches to no touch sleep monitors.
Apple Watch (Series 3)
Available on Amazon ($399 and up)
Form and function, style and skills, this is by far the most popular wearable out right now. It is Apple after all, what else did we really expect?
This third edition of the popular Apple watch is actually one of the best fitness trackers on the market right now. It has a slew of updated features, including an altimeter that can measure altitude to give you a better record of your exercises. It also has a built-in GPS for tracking your runs and bike rides.
The main new feature with the Apple Watch 3 is the inclusion of LTE and cellular capabilities with the device – meaning it can do just about everything your phone can do. This feature isn’t for everyone though – so Apple offers a slightly less expensive version that nixes this.
If the price tag is still a little high for you, the discontinued Apple Watch 2 is still a great fitness tracker, or the Tom Tom Spark 3 below.
FireFly Sports and Muscle Recovery Device
Check Out FireFly’s Website ($34.95)
Already in use by athletes of all levels, the Firefly is a piece of wearable tech that accelerates recovery from training and injury. The Firefly is portable, with no wires and is worn at the knee.
Once attached, it delivers painless electrical pulses via the common peroneal nerve of the lower leg, which stimulates blood flow toward the heart. This effect mimics that of a recovering body, decreasing recovery time effortlessly and painlessly.
The Firefly is a one-size fits all device that is portable and easy to use. It is used by a large number of athletes, including British triathlete Vicky Holland to speed recovery.
Plus, it is pretty inexpensive so there’s no breaking with bank for this piece of cool tech.
Finis Duo Underwater MP3 Player
Available on Amazon ($90)
Music has been shown to increase athletic performance, but it’s been pretty difficult to jam out to your tunes while you were underwater. Thank goodness for the future, becauase The Finis Duo is capable of doing just that.
The headphones work through bone conduction technology, transmitting sound waves directly to your inner ear. The device clips onto your swimming goggles and stays securely.
It comes with 4 GB of built-in space, a rechargeable battery that lasts 8 hours and an OLED screen with music controls. Perfect for the Michael Phelps in your family.
HapiFork – World’s First Smart Fork
Check out HAPIfork ($69.99)
Are you guilty of eating too fast? This can lead to poor digestion and overeating, leading to extra pounds. The HAPIfork helps you slow down your eating pace, alerting you when you are eating too fast.
It also monitors and keeps track of your eating habits, which is then uploaded via bluetooth or USB to your online dashboard.
The ‘brain’ of the HAPIfork is hidden in the body, but can be removed so you can safely wash the fork.
FitBit Aria 2 Smart Scale
Check it Out on Amazon ($129.95)
The FitBit Aria 2 is a smart scale that is capable of telling you more than just your weight: it also measures body fat percentage, lean mass and your BMI (Body Mass Index).
It uses wifi to sync stats automatically with your FitBit online dashboard to make measuring your stats a breeze.
It can keep track of up to 8 different individuals (privately, of course) and has a sleek glossy black style that fits in any style.
Trace Action Sports Tracker
Trace – Action Sports Tracker ($199.99)
While most fitness trackers will suffice for runners and bikers, those who practice less conventional sports may be at a bit of a disadvantage. That’s where Trace comes in, an advanced tracker for action sports like surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.
Trace is meant to be mounted on a board and can track the tricks you’ve landed, your speed, maximum height and path and sync all that data with a smartphone app. The app can also be social, allowing you to share your sickest tricks with fellow extreme sports aficionados.
Coros Smart Bicycle Helmet
Check It Out On Amazon ($159.99)
This helmet has been designed from the ground up to include every feature an avid bicycle rider could possibly wish for.
The Coros smart helmet includes built-in bone conduction headphones that allow you to still hear outside noise as you bike, keeping you safer in traffic.
It also tracks your mileage and if you end up in an accident, the built-in collision detector will send a message to your loved ones to alert them.
Plantronics BackBeat FIT Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
Available on Amazon ($129.99)
Advertised as “your ultimate workout partner”, these new wireless headphones are able to endure a beating and keep on going.
They fit behind the ear and stay on securely and snugly during even the most intense workout, and are completely waterproof – in fact the manufacturer recommends washing them off in the sink after a workout to keep them clean!
They also feature built-in music controls on the headphones so you don’t have to fumble around with your phone to change the song.
They come in several eye catching colors and last 8 hours on a single charge. Never let a cord get in your way again!
ResMed S+ No Touch Sleep Tracker
Available on Amazon ($35.99)
Sleep is where your body repairs and rebuilds itself, getting you ready for another day full of adventures.
Make sure you are getting the best sleep possible with the new ResMed S+, touted as the “world’s first non-contact, fully comprehensive sleep tracking system”.
It features patent pending technology that tracks and analyses your sleep patterns without needing any type of wearable device or mattress slips. It uses sensors which measure the expansion and contraction of your chest, as well as body movements like position changes and sudden twitches.
The S+ connects to your Apple or Android device by the way of a free app, which records your sleep and let’s you track patterns. There is also a Smart Alarm system that will gently wake you up within a certain time-frame, helping you to wake up less groggy and more refreshed.
Tom Tom Spark 3 Cardio + Music
Available on Amazon ($184.98)
The Spark 3 is a great and much less pricey alternative to the Apple Watch – it features just about anything a fitness junky could ask for, including built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor and built-in music storage. 24/7 activity tracking means you can track each part of your day, giving you a complete view of your routine.
The battery life is at 3 weeks without the GPS functionality turned on, and 9 hours when it is. Additionally it is waterproof up to 40 m, making it a great alternative to the Apple Watch at less than half the cost.
The Spark 3 works with most recent smartphones and can sync with bluetooth headphones.