Fit Tech

Fit Tech

Exercise technology can’t do your workout for you, unfortunately, but it can help track your progress and keep you motivated.
 
 
Fitbit
 
Reaching your health goals might be easier if your activity was being monitored 24/7. Now it can be. The Fitbit is a device with a 3D motion sensor like the one used in the Nintendo Wii remote control. The Fitbit ($99) tracks your motion—including intensity and duration—and records steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. You can carry the device in your pocket, on your waistband, or clipped to undergarments. It comes with a wristband so you can wear it at night and track how much sleep you’re getting. It also records how long it took you to fall asleep, the number of times you woke up in the night, and how long you were actually asleep versus just lying in bed.
 
Whenever you walk past the included wireless base station, data from the Fitbit is uploaded to the Web site fitbit.com. There you can also manually track the calories you consume to get a more complete picture of your activities and collaborate on fitness goals with family and friends.
 
 
Cy.Fi Wireless Speaker
 
Music can be a great motivator as you run, bike, or lift weights. But sometimes headphone wires can get in your way. And in some instances—for example, when you’re biking—you need to be aware of the noises around you instead of being isolated by your ear buds.
 
The Cy.fi wireless sport speaker lets you move to the beat and still hear what’s going on in your surroundings. It connects wirelessly with your iPod or Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, PDA, or MP3 player, and comes with a recharging stand. The iPod-compatible model is $159; the Bluetooth model is $10 cheaper. The speaker weighs less than four ounces and is smaller than a deck of cards, so it’s easy to take with you on any workout.