Here are some of the latest high-tech gadgets to motivate and keep you active.
From trackers that provide coaching tips to sensors that monitor your weightlifting to smart watches, this is the golden age of fitness, where you can harness technology to achieve all your exercise goals.
If you want a running coach who is at your beck and call 24/7, Lumo Run is the answer. Touted as the first wearable sensor and app that analyses your running form and offers real-time coaching tips, Lumo Run works with your smartphone to customise exercises for you. Just clip your Lumo Run to the back of your running shorts, align it to your spine, and go for a run. You will be able to receive feedback on your running form via your phone and get exercises recommended to you.
This health and fitness motion sensor gives you information about your body by quantifying your performance when lifting weights. The two-inch long magnetic sensor packs in three accelerometers, three gyroscopes, and three compasses with a lithium ion battery. It can be attached to your wrist, back or gym equipment to track velocity and performance. It also records workouts and provides feedback using speed to determine how much weight you should be lifting depending on your end goal. The data is relayed in real-time to your smartphone so you can review your performance and improve your training by adjusting load sets or number of reps.
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Jabra Sport Coach
The Jabra Sport Coach earbuds may seem like ordinary earphones at a glance, but it actually offers in-ear coaching and real-time feedback to help you optimise each exercise session. Its built-in TrackFit™ motion sensor also automatically counts your reps and tracks your every move. Pair it with fitness app Jabra Sport Life and you get a training partner that manages your fitness activity by monitoring and evaluating your performance with in-ear coaching that offers real-time feedback. As a bonus, its passive noise-cancellation ability helps block out surrounding noise — whether you are at the gym or outdoors — so you can focus on your performance. Its superior sound quality also ensures your favourite playlist sounds better.
Samsung Galaxy Active2
A smartwatch that can take you from your daily run to the office, the stylish Samsung Galaxy Active2 excels in fitness tracking. It counts steps, measures your route, and even tracks your sleeping pattern. The watch features built-in GPS, heart-rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope and barometer with an electrocardiogram (ECG) feature that will be available at a later date via a software update.
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Apple Watch Series 5
The Apple Watch Series 5 offers fitness and health features that include step tracking, electrocardiogram reading and heart rate monitoring. On top of these, it has a built-in digital compass that is handy for those who enjoy hiking. An additional feature allows for international emergency calling without requiring an iPhone. Just press and hold the side button to call the emergency services of the country you are in — undeniably a life-saver in the event of accidents or mishaps. The watch is water-resistant up to 50m, making it suitable for use in shallow water activities, such as swimming and other pool activities.
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Smart Rope PURE
Jumping rope is one of the most effective ways to burn calories, as even jumping at a moderate rate burns 10 to 16 calories a minute. This means that three 10-minute rounds could uses up to 480 calories in half an hour! The jump rope goes high-tech with the Smart Rope PURE, which stores and tracks the number of jumps made and calories lost, and syncs the information to your smartphone. You can jump smarter with training intervals based on your fitness goals. Pair it with the Smart Gym app and you can even see how you rank among Smart Rope users around the world. Its unique 45-degree jump rope housing has two sets of ball bearings in each handle to ensure smooth, natural motion with a lightweight, resilient rope. Perfect as a mini gym to bring along for business trips and vacations.
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