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As you know, John P and I started working with Jeff Dwelle and Todd Abrams earlier this year to turn around what it means to be a geek. We learned how to become fit and stay fit! For the most part. Except when I go for months on end with bronchitis and colds. That makes it hard… BUT John has kept on track. Betcha didn’t think he could tear himself away from his gummies did you?
So… whether you’re looking for a gift for someone who’s an utter fanatic about their health or someone who just wants to take part in John’s challenge to NOT pig out for the holidays and find a balance… here are some options to make it ALL fun!
Fitbit One – $94
Okay… so let’s start with the elephant in the room. FITNESS TRACKERS. Wow! They’re everywhere. It’s incredible really. All of them do similar things. Track calories. Steps. Miles. Sleep. Some do different things here and there. I have to admit something though… I actually haven’t found one that I like more than the Fitbit One.
I KNOW!!! It’s so two years ago! But the device and the app combined has stayed one of my favorites at $94. It’s small. It tracks everything you need for a fitness tracker. Though… where did I put that thing?!? Yeah… kinda easy to lose….
The days of fitness TRACKERS is on its way out. In comes the Fitness BANDS. Smarter devices geared towards fitness that also connect via bluetooth to your phone and can display incoming text messages and phone calls. Then of course there are the SMART WATCHES…. a whole other topic!
Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit – $150
John loves his Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit smart band for $150. It’s beautifully designed and feels good. It’s a bit too large for my wrists and I imagine a lot of women… that’s the only reason I don’t wear one. But it has great information… heart rate sensor. Fitness information. You can see who’s calling and accept or reject the call from the Super AMOLED display. See text messages and there are a few apps available for 3rd party services.
Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor and Watch – $68 – $120
At the gym, John, Scott Ellis, David Foster and I all use the Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor and watch. You strap the monitor band on around your chest and it feeds information about your heart rate and how many calories you’re burning back to the watch so you don’t have to drag around a phone’s app all over the gym. It’s $68 for the watch alone, or around $120 with chest band and monitor.
FitBit Aria Scale – $110
In order to track the results of your efforts at the gym, my favorite scale is the FitBit Aria. It’s $110. Looks great. And is very accurate. I’ve tested a lot of them! You can set up 8 users and it’ll be able to tell the difference between each of you as you weigh in. Then it’ll feed that information via WiFi back to your FitBit account so you can track your progress. It’ll do both body fat percentage and body mass index.
Hexoskin Biometric Shirt – $400
Or you can use the Hexoskin Biometric shirt. It’s an underlayer that’s made out of polyamide micro and spandex that has sensors built in to track your heart and lung activity. It has built in bluetooth to feed information back to an app that’ll help you understand your body better. Now… you REALLY have to want to know what your body is doing at all times cause… it’s $400!
Skulpt Aim – $199
For half the price you could get the Skulpt Aim. I loved this thing when I saw it at CE Week in New York earlier this year! You hold it against your skin and it’ll calculate your body fat percentage and muscle quality. It analyzes 24 different muscle groups to know when you’re losing fat and gaining QUALITY muscle! This is way easier than the calipers. Especially trying to use those things on yourself! Now… it’s a preorder at the moment but they promise to ship in December… so….
Oakley Airwave GPS Goggles – $650
If you prefer to get your exercise on the slopes, you could take a pair of Oakley Airwave GPS goggles with you. I mean… I’m not sure it’s a stocking stuffer at $650 but it’s cool! Inside the goggles is a heads up display that’ll show you your speed as you fly down the slopes, it’ll analyze your jumps, it’ll play music… it does all kinds of things using the GPS built in, the accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensors and bluetooth. Just please… don’t get distracted by all the information that you miss the branch sticking out of the snow!
DeskCycle – $149
At home, you can always get a little extra exercise even if you’re stuck at the desk working. The DeskCycle won an Editor’s Choice award this year! It has a small footprint for storing under your desk and allowing you to cycle while typing. Or hey… even while on a conference call! You’ll be able to track your speed, the time you’ve spent cycling, how many calories you’ve burned… at $149, it’s a great way to stay in shape even when life just gets in your way!
Bosu Ball – $100
If you can manage to take a short break at home, get a Bosu Ball. I personally love this thing! At $100, it’s not an impulse buy, but it keeps me active while at home. You can do ALL kinds of exercises on it from ab and core work to push ups to just standing on it to increase your balance. Use it while watching TV. And hey… it even makes a great cushion for leaning up against if you sit on the floor to watch TV.
Geek Beat UpDesk – $1100
Of course, AT work, you can always keep the exercise going with an UpDesk sit stand desk. Stay in motion throughout the day. It’s a motorized desk with presets for whatever heights you like to work at. We ALL use them here at the Geek House and thoroughly love them. They even sell a specialized Geek Beat version that has cup holders, a UPS mount for under the desk AND extra grommet holes for all your cables!