Fitness Gear

Who says workout sessions are possible at the gym only? Here are some cool gadgets that keep you fit without hitting the gym.
     Print Edition: December 2013
PowerPress Push Up Bars
PowerPress Push Up Bars

Fitness Gear
How often do we promise ourselves to start a fitness regimen, follow a healthy diet, and shed those extra kilos? Often, but these resolutions are made to be broken. And how can one be a regular at the gym with those never-ending travel schedules? But who says workout sessions are possible at the gym only? Here are some cool gadgets that keep you fit without hitting the gym.

PowerPress Push Up Bars
Price:
$40
www.getpowerpress.com

If you've always wished to have those upper body muscles you see on models and movie stars, the PowerPress Push Up Bars is just what you need. The board is sturdy, easy to assemble and take apart. The handles fit easily into the board and make for perfect positions for working various parts of the body. Instructions are clear as to where you have to position your hands to work your upper body muscles.

Ecobud's Little Penguin bottle
Ecobud's Little Penguin bottle
Ecobud Little Penguin
Price:
$29.95
www.ecobud.com.au

Clean water is the essence of life, but can you ever be sure the water you are drinking is genuinely pure? For that, there is Ecobud's Little Penguin, a water bottle with a personalised filter. It instantly removes all chlorine and bacteria and makes the water safe for drinking. It has an Australiapatented four-stage filtration system (PPF filter, silver activated carbon, calcium ionised clay) that produces great tasting pure water. It even activates carbon and calcium ionised clay which combine to filter the water. And the filter needs to be replaced only every two months.

Technogym Cross Personal
Technogym Cross Personal
Technogym Cross Personal
www.technogym.com

Ergonomically designed to offer an ideal training experience, the Cross Personal has an elliptical trajectory for smooth and impact free movement. It ensures the upper and lower limbs act in coordination for maximum caloric expenditure. Cross Personal also has an integrated Visioweb display that keeps it connected to the web. An intuitive touch screen with simple visual applications enables you to keeping working or watching TV even as you workout

Fitbit Flex
Fitbit Flex
Fitbit Flex
Price:
$99.95
www.fitbit.com

The best way to stay fit is to be active and Fitbit helps you do so. This is a slim, good looking fitness companion that stays with you all the time. It's primary job is to track your steps, the distance you walk and the calories you burn. You will argue that most pedometers do it too, but Fitbit is more accurate. Wear it on your wrist while sleeping and it will measure your sleep quality and tell you the number of times you woke up. There is a silent wakeup alarm too that vibrates. It wirelessly syncs with select Android phones and the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs over Bluetooth 4.0 as well

Blue HR Heart Rate Monitor
Blue HR Heart Rate Monitor
Blue HR Heart Rate Monitor
Price:
$79.99
www.wahoofitness.com

While engaged in cardio exercises such as running or biking, keeping your heart rate within a target range is the key to getting results. Wahoo's Bluetooth 4.0 chest strap (requires an iPhone 4S or 5) works with tons of apps like RunKeeper and Strava Cycling to record the heart rate. It's comfortable, washable, and the battery can last up to one and a half years.

APPS

The app world is ever expanding, with an estimated 746 new apps added to the App Store and 665 to Google Play every day. But not every app is an innovation. Here a few apps to help you live better.

SlimKicker Calorie Counter
Free

Getting in shape is serious business, but treating it like a game - with competition and rewards - can help to keep you motivated. SlimKicker Calorie Counter lets you track what you eat, awards you points for healthy choices and logs your exercise regimen. It makes calorie-counting easy, thanks to its huge database of calories consumed in common foods and expended in common activities. You can link up with friends for friendly competition, or take on missions such as "No Snacks After Dinner", or "Replace Soda Challenge".

Healthy Desserts by Green Kitchen
Price:
Rs 170
Depriving yourself of anything sweet might not be the best way to overcome your sweet tooth. Instead of trying your refrain, learn to recreate desserts you love - lemon bars, cookies, cakes, you name it - with less sugar, less butter and less flour. The Healthy Desserts by Green kitchen helps you stay on course with your diet with step-bystep instructions for 48 recipes.

Pace DJ | Rs 170 | Rs 53.12
Music is a great energiser. And when a great song matches your running pace, you get an extra spring in your step. PaceDJ lets you set a target pace and then rolls out song after song from your phone's iTunes library to match your tempo. It can even change the speed of your music to match your pace without affecting the pitch of the songs. All you have to do is keep your feet moving.

Zombies, Run! | Rs 220 | Rs 260

If music does not motivate you to drop your Nintendo and start jiggling, maybe the zombies would. This app serves up rich audio drama with interactive elements. The Zombies are chasing your and by outrunning them, read - in real life, you take on a starring role of 'Runner 5', a messenger for the fledgling the good folks now turned walking dead of Abel Township. The story unfolds over more than 45 total runs, giving you fun and spooky motivation to keep heading out again and again.

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