Rate ItThe key to a good cardio workout lies in making sure you are in the right range for your goal. Without a good heart rate monitor, getting and staying in the right zone is close to impossible. There are a range of monitors on the market which all cater for different styles and tastes. The wrist-watch style monitor is fast becoming the must-have workout accessory. Compact and versatile, this handy gadget will not only keep you working out in the optimum range, but will also log your activity, including peak heart rate and averages so you can keep a close eye on your progress.
Stay on TrackNothing is more motivating than seeing your goals becoming a reality, and a good workout tracker will have a range of great features that will keep you on track for success. The UP Band is the height of style and innovation. A deceptively simple looking band that is worn on the wrist, and keeps track of everything from calories burned and workout intensity to GPS routes and the amount of steps taken per day. It even has a sleep counter, and a gentle vibrating alarm to wake you after the optimum amount of sleep for your activity level.
Tasty TipsYou only get out what you put in, so for those who are serious about optimising their time in the gym, a good healthy eating application is a must. There are countless apps to choose from, but most share a few key features. From detailed nutritional information to low-calorie dinner recipes, a good food app will take the hard work out of eating healthy. Try “Good Food Near You” for healthy places to eat out, “Nutrition Tips” for information on exactly what is good for you and what isn't and “Lose It” to consolidate your food and workout journal in one convenient place.
Scale it BackForget trying to write down body fat percentage calculations and changes in your weight, let your scales do it for you! WiFi scales will not only measure your weight, BMI and body fat percentage, but it will then either email you a copy of your results, or link with your smart phone so that you can track your progress from your pocket.
Crank It UpOptimise your workout by creating playlists from your favourite songs, then switch it up depending on what you want to achieve. Whether you’re smashing weights or the rowing machine, you’ll be surprised just how much harder you can push yourself when motivated by the right music. MP3 players are prolific, and come in all different shapes, sizes, colours and capacities, so it isn’t hard to find the perfect one for your needs. Nifty arm band holders will keep them out of your way while you work out, and specialised sport headphones are not only waterproof, but specifically designed to withstand a whole range of activities. Don’t just get fit, stay fit and keep pushing yourself to be the best that you can be. With these great gadgets on your side, achieving your fitness goals has never been easier!
Sasha is a dietician. Her work has brought her to several continents around the world where she discovers diet secret from the wisdom of the local villagers. She is currently writing her ebook on low calorie dinner recipes. She is an adventurous gourmet traveller and loves to sample bizarre local cuisine.
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