From talking yoga mats to intelligent leg warmers, the newest fitness gadgets on the market are beyond your wildest workout dreams. This year’s best health and wellness technology can help you improve performance, track progress, set goals and even prevent injury. Check out the hottest fitness gadgets for spring that are sure to get you fired up for your workout.
A yoga mat that talks? Yep, that’s a thing now with SmartMat’s Perfect Pose technology that corrects you if your Downward Dog isn’t quite aligned. This intelligent mat has sensors that read your movement, and it acts as a kind of yoga teacher, communicating to users through their smartphone or tablet. Although you won’t want to completely abandon your yoga classes with actual human beings, using the SmartMat at home is a great way for yogis to enhance their experience outside of personal training sessions. The mat isn’t available until July 2015, but you can preorder it now and save $150. If you’re concerned about using such a new product, check out the company’s super-thorough FAQ page.
Sensoria Fitness Socks
Think your running form is perfect? Sensoria Fitness Socks might tell you otherwise. Small sensors embedded in these footwarmers recognize your foot-landing technique and tell you in real time what you can do to improve form. The goal is to prevent common runner injuries like plantar fasciitis or achilles tendonitis that could easily be avoided by landing correctly. When you link the socks to your smartphone it measures your cadence and provides feedback through your headphones as you run. The Sensoria Fitness Bundle is $200 and includes two pairs of socks, the mobile app and a charger.
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale
Sometimes stepping onto a scale isn’t the best way to measure your success. But the new Fitbit Smart Scale doesn’t just measure weight, it also calculates your body mass index, lean mass and body fat percentage. You can then set goals and track progress on your Fitbit dashboard, which compiles data and creates graphs. While the scale costs about $130, it also recognizes up to eight users and keeps your personal statistics private, so you can share it with family members, roommates or friends.
It’s great to push yourself during a workout, but do you know when to stop? Never worry about overdoing it again with BSXinsight, a leg warmer that reads your muscles using an LED light and tells you when you’ve reached your limits. Available since 2014, this smart leg warmer measures your training intensity over time so that your can get the most out of every workout. Whether you’re a runner, cyclist or multisport athlete, the BSXinsight makes sure you’re training at peak levels to prepare you for competition.
Are you pumped about these new workout gadgets? Then you might just be changing from a fitness fanatic into a tech geek.