Exercise and the South Bay have an unyielding relationship—it’s
so sunny and warm most of the year residents have endless opportunities
to get out of the house and be active. This is a good thing, of course,
because an active lifestyle is linked to longer life expectancy and may
also reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and several
forms of cancer. Here are five “fitness wearables”—gadgets,
really—to help you keep track of your fitness and health goals:
The frontrunner in wearable fitness products, Fitbit has it all. Using
sensors and wireless technology, the Fitbit wristband works in conjunction
with a free app that tracks steps, calories burned and uses LED lights
to let you know when you’re close to reaching your daily goal. When
you’re ready to hit the sack, Fitbit allows you to monitor your
sleep quality and length, and will wake you gently with a silent alarm.
$50 to $350.
Spree manufactures breathable, durable caps and headbands that partner
with a free app to provide precise fitness information—all of the
technology with none of the bulk! Spree accepts multiple services in actual
time, allowing you to monitor everything from body temperature and heart
rate to movement simultaneously. $199 to $299.
Perfect for swimmers and those who enjoy rougher terrain workouts, Moov’s
technology counts repetitions, speaks to you during workouts and even
acts as a personal coach. In addition to being waterproof and dust resistant,
Moov’s nine-axis Omni Motion sensor records and analyzes your every
move—and with a six-month battery life, it’ll never die mid-workout.
It can be worn on your wrist or ankle. Moov’s new update covers
every workout—from swimming to boxing—so you’re guaranteed
a thorough and comprehensive session every time. $60.
4. JAWBONE UP3
A proper sleep schedule is just as integral to fitness as working out,
and Jawbone can help you maintain yours. Besides monitoring workouts,
Jawbone’s UP3 wristband tracks your heart rate, body temperature,
respiration rate and galvanic skin response (changes of electrical properties
in the skin), and analyzes your REM, light and deep sleep statistics.
UP3 measures your statistics against the average user to ensure you’re
ready to hit the ground running the next day. $180.
5. GARMIN VÍVOFIT 2
Geared toward those who are looking to shed a few pounds, Vívofit’s
innovative technology observes any lengthy periods of inactivity and gently
reminds you to get moving, even if only for a brisk walk. In addition,
the Vívofit wristband learns your activity patterns and suggests
personalized daily goals—all while tracking distance moved, calories
burned and steps taken. $100.