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Let me guess: Your sister’s a yogi and has started carrying crystals in her pockets? Your best friend regularly skips dinner dates because she doesn’t want to miss CrossFit? Your dad has taken up running and is arguably in better shape than you?
These days, it seems like everyone is into exercise, especially since there are so many new, exciting ways to work out. And tech, of course, has both contributed to the cultural wellness awakening and responded to it, by providing all kinds of smart ways to sweat, track, and improve more efficiently.
So, if you’re ready to join the fitness revolution, why not invest in a tech accessory that will help you reach your goals? Below, you’ll find 10 of the most ahead-of-the-curve products for fitness enthusiasts that are sure to jumpstart your New Year’s resolutions, no matter which fitness fad you fall in love with.
1. A smart jump rope that helps you improve
Ever heard of “connected cardio”? This smart rope tracks jumps, workout time, and calories for a more efficient sweat session. It’s perfect whether you’ve been using the same (now unraveling, ratty) rope for years or you’re finally ready to fulfill your Rocky Balboa dreams.
2. A smart watch fit for runners
If you love running—or you’re ready to commit this time—you’re sure to appreciate the fact that this watch is made “for runners, by runners.” It tracks metrics like heart rate and distance and streams music, all while totally untethered so you can leave your phone at home. Plus it syncs with Strava, the most popular app and social network for serious pavement pounders.
3. An activity tracker to reduce stress
Fact: Stress and sleep quality are just as essential to fitness progress as getting your heart rate up and eating right. Spire tracks those metrics and others for a well-rounded picture of what’s causing you to kill it or lag behind in spin class. Plus, it attaches to your clothes and is super discreet, if you’re not the smartwatch type.
4. A headband for better meditation
Muse takes meditation tech to a new level. Instead of just playing a recording on an app, it wraps around your head, sensing your brainwaves and changing the sounds you hear based on your state of mind. It also tracks your data so you can see your progress over time. It’s perfect if you’re yoga-obsessed or you always feel like you really need to learn to calm down after non-stop HIIT sessions.
5. A scale that tracks your progress for you
Pounds are so passé. This new scale from Fitbit reports stats fitness and health buffs care even more about, like BMI, body fat, and lean mass. Plus, it syncs via Bluetooth to an app, so you can effortlessly track your progress without the temptation of altering the numbers.
6. A wearable that reminds you to stop slouching
Are you a Pilates or yoga fanatic? Or are you vowing to finally improve your posture in 2018? This is perfect, either way. It uses subtle vibrations to alert users when they slouch, leading to better posture over time. In other words, those who prioritize posture will love it, those who don’t will need it.
7. Headphones that literally stimulate your brain
Halo’s like the Tesla of fitness gadgets. It’s super ahead of the curve, using neurostimulation to help your brain create stronger connections that lead to better, faster workout results. This is ideal if you’re training for a marathon or triathlon.
8. A blood pressure monitor to keep you accountable
For anyone who’s health-conscious, it’s super useful to have one of these at home. Qardio comes with a totally upgraded blood pressure cuff design that makes it easy to take yours on your own. It then sends stats to your phone so you can monitor how your body is responding to lifestyle changes (good or bad).
9. Headphones made for sweating
Secure fit, sweat proof, long battery life… whether it’s a tough lifting session or a long run, these headphones cover all of the bases to rock through a workout. We tested this pair alongside a bunch of other similar options for workouts, and the competition paled in comparison to the best headphones for workouts.
10. A smart kitchen scale for cooking healthy
If you want to improve your healthy eating habits by tracking macros (especially if you’re trying Whole30 or going Paleo), this smart kitchen scale is a must. Drop makes it easy to measure ingredients in your meals—and even make substitutions—to help you cook any recipe way faster, which is exactly what someone who is fitness-minded and focuses on weekly meal prep needs.
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