Throngs of today’s forward-thinking tech companies are finding innovative ways to keep people engaged and motivated as they endeavor to get fit and healthy … and stay that way. However, with such an extensive and comprehensive field of modern-day health-tech options, it can be overwhelming to hone in on which are worthy of working into your daily lifestyle. With that in mind, here are eight savvy digital diet and fitness solutions that are sure to help you shed those stubborn pounds, tone those muscles and increase your endurance easier, more effectively and with increased sustainability.
If you are chomping at the bit to get back to the gym, the track, the court, the field or wherever else you get your sweat on, you’re certainly not alone. And we endeavor to dress the part, as research indicates the U.S. activewear market is expected to reach $69.2 billion in 2020. With this extreme appetite for fitness apparel, American consumers are savvier than ever about the brands they opt to align with. Far more than just a style statement, today’s workout and athleisure attire must perform—actually helping the wearer elevate their game. While there are any number of activewear brands that excel in a given area—aesthetics, comfort, durability, adaptability and performance enhancement—one brand has managed to amass all of these benefits and more into its color-forward collection: Centric Fitness Apparel.
Centric’s revolutionary, performance-enhancing, psychology-driven activewear line is redefining wearable technology. The company’s leading-edge workout wear for women and men uniquely combines fabric technology and intentional engineering with the psychology of color to maximize design, functionality and athletic performance. This innovative activewear brand not only produces highly functional, comfortable and performance enhancing apparel, but also employs “enclothed cognition” color science to enhance the wearer’s performance levels, as every color and shade is thoughtfully selected based on psychological research. And, the next-gen fabric technologies they company developed are engineered for softness, durability and flexibility, plus athletic performance of every kind. The designs very much on trend and each garment is crafted to compliment the body, to ensure you always look good and feel great. So, whether you are heading to the gym or running to the grocery store, Centric’s designs fit you’re your everyday lifestyle.
Combining fitness with gaming, Stealth is a clever device that uses a person’s body movements as a video game controller while the user moves and plays along. That’s where the name comes from: Stealth. It helps users “sneak” exercise into the day without bearing the burden of spending a lot of time. Just place a smartphone in the slot, choose one of several games from the free Stealth app and immediately start exercising while playing games! Stealth turns boring planks into a dynamic core and total body workout that is not only fun, but also highly effective, allowing the user to get a workout at home in just a few minutes a day. Plus, there are virtually unlimited gaming combinations because Stealth is designed to never play out the same way. Every use is new and exciting! Stealth also uses people’s core strength to control the action on the mobile phone screen, making static exercises more engaging—for both the body and the brain. The company’s patented Dynamic Motion will have fitness-seekers twisting, turning and rotating 360 degrees, playing games, burning calories, strengthening and toning muscles and having fun all the while.
No workout is complete without your tunes and. Audio Technica’s ATH-CK3TW model of truly wireless in-ear headphones with Bluetooth 5.0 technology are a perfect choice for those who are active but still demand audio quality. And, they’re ready to go whenever—and wherever—you are! Just remove them from their portable charging case and they automatically turn on and sync. Put them back in and they turn off and begin charging. This ATH-CK3TW unit is equipped with specially-designed 5.8 mm drivers that reproduce powerful, detailed audio. These ergonomic earbuds are very comfortable, and fit naturally in ears of all sizes. The package comes complete with four types of thin, flexible silicone ear tips (XS/S/M/L). The compact earbud housings include a built-in microphone and touch controls. Call quality is optimal, courtesy of Qualcomm Clear Voice Capture (cVc) technology. The headphones also boast an IPX2 water-resistance rating, which means they are protected from dripping water, such as rain and sweat. They are compatible with the high-quality Qualcomm aptX audio codec and with Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus, a special, low-latency function that allows you to stream the latest releases with no audio disruption and a stable connection. The ATH-CK3TW earbuds offer six hours of continuous use on a full charge, with 24 hours of additional power available from the charging case. They’re available in black, blue and white, so users may pick their preference.
Here’s some killer wearable technology for fitness-minded folks. TRAQ, Alegria’s first smart shoe, is the world’s first comfort smart shoes with built-in pedometer plus a personalized app community. The designs are made for walking, working and leisure, simultaneously allowing you to accurately count every step thanks to the smart Q-Chip embedded right in the shoe! Easily connect the integrated pedometer in the shoes to the accompanying Alegria TRAQ smartphone app to view your daily and monthly step activity. You can do everything in your daily routine while stepping out in intelligent, blissful comfort. Anyone can track their steps, connect with their friends and compete on a leaderboard. Cheer on your friends and family to walk together through the app! Oh, and there’s no need to charge these smart shoes—ever—for the lifetime of the shoes.
This app actually PAYS you to lose weight! With the HealthyWage app, you determine how much weight you want to lose, how long you want to take to lose it, and how much you want to wager each month. If you successfully reach your goal by the end date of your challenge, you win your prize. The average HealthyWager prize is over $1,200! You can also join team challenges, jackpot challenges, and step challenges through the app. Participants have collectively lost over 1 million pounds and gained over $20,000,000 since the company’s inception, and over $13,000,000 in 2018, alone.
6. APPS: Lumen and FoodMarble
These are both are pocket-sized devices that users blow into. They pair with smartphone apps that tell people things like how well they are digesting food or burning calories. The firm behind Lumen states that their device provides a way for people to monitor their metabolisms. The device also has the capability of determining if the user is burning carbs or fats. Meanwhile, FoodMarble measures hydrogen levels in an attempt to make deductions about a person’s digestive health. The thought is that the device can be to help people avoid foods that cause bloating, abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Assuredly due to due to the Escali Primo Digital Scale’s accuracy, speed and simplicity, it’s twice been rated as a best value by a leading independent consumer magazine, and was also recently named the “best kitchen scale for most people” by other key media. This device is capable of measuring in increments of 1 gram or 0.05 ounces and has the capacity to measure up to 11 pounds of food at once. Two-button controls facilitate ease of use, and a protective shield on the control panel prevents accidental spills from compromising performance. Battery life is also prolonged with an auto shut-off feature.
Leverage the power of infrared light to capture a 3D model of your body with the Home Body Scanner from Naked Labs. The scanner itself is built into an attractive smart mirror with sensors that measure important metrics and calculate measurements. An integrated app allows you to track your progress. The Naked body scanner is designed to help you visualize your progress and body fat percentage as it happens, with a focus on weight loss, performance and recomposition. You’ll be able to literally watch your body as it changes each day.
Putting a high-tech spin on your weight loss makes the journey more interactive and hands-on, often notably bolstering the success of a weight-loss endeavor. Never before have our efforts, and the results thereof, been so tangible. Whether you’re winning money for losing weight or tracking your body’s progress in 3D, taking advantage of the digital tools and advancements in the weight-loss arena will surely make slimming down in the 21st Century a more efficacious undertaking.
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