You call that a workout? Stop using your smartphone as a dumbbell and start using it as a serious tool in your quest to stay fit. These fitness-centric accessories and apps for smartphones will add a little life to your exercise routine.
The Scosche Fitness Bundle is a solid workout accessory whether you are running, biking, hiking or otherwise active. Your phone sits securely in the sports case, which adjusts to fit around your arm. The band has reflective accents that car headlights can illuminate at night, and it even includes a spot to store your key.
Sweaty headphones that slip off around mile two are workout distractions of the past: The sport earclips in the Scosche Fitness Bundle let you listen to your tunes through sweat-proof rubber earbuds. The headphones come with a built-in microphone, which lets you go hands-free during conversations and use voice commands. And each bundle purchase comes with a free three-month Gold Membership to MapMyRun.com, which turns your smartphone into a GPS tracker.
Another option to track your workout is the MOTOACTV™ from Motorola, a small, square device that keeps tabs on your exercise metrics and stores up to 16 GB of music. With available watch strap or armband, you can simply wear it—or you can attach it to your bike with a mount.
As you exercise (the device works with all sorts of activities—walking, running, dancing, Pilates and even yard work) the MOTOACTV measures and records your time, distance, speed and calories burned. Then you can upload your workout and analyze it to determine where you are hitting your goals and where you need work. Another great feature is that the device learns what songs motivate you the most and then creates a personal high-performance playlist of tunes that inspire you to kick it into high gear.
There are also great health and fitness apps that can do some heavy lifting for you.
If you’d rather use the power of your smartphone to track your workout, try the CardioTrainer app, from WorkSmart Labs. It charts and records your workouts—everything you can think of, from yoga to running— and makes it easy to share your activity through social media. It includes GPS tracking so you can look at your route on a map, music integration to play your favorite tunes and control playback, and voice notifications, which give you real-time feedback about your workout stats including time, distance, pace and calories burned.
Instead of feet and miles, Calorie Counter from MyFitnessPal helps you keep track of what you eat, including calories, fat, protein, carbs, sugar, fiber, cholesterol and more. It boasts a database of more than 1 million foods, or you can enter your own recipes and calculate their nutritional contents. You can add diet goals to the app and easily connect with friends to track and motivate one another. Everything can be tracked and saved, and a variety of reports are available. And as a bonus, it lets you track more than 350 exercises.
How do you use technology during a workout?