Being a geek doesn’t mean you have to be a flabby mess of a human being. In fact some of biggest geeks out there are elit parkour practitioners – training day in and day out to perfect their spiderman impression. So in keeping with post-Christmas tradition we thought we’d look at a few fitness gadgets.
Tracking your progress, or keeping an honest account of your failure is a key part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and there are a host of amazing gadgets scientist and engineers have been working on in flaboratories that can help you do this (one of my favourite being the Withings Wireless scale that beams your weight, fat percentage and BMI wirelessly to your iPhone).
New kid on the block (at least as far as the UK is concerned) is the Fitbit Ultra. A cool little dongle that you attach to your necklace or belt buckle and watch it rack up all your activity from the day. Unlike other similar pedometer type devices, the FitBit looks really cool. That’s maybe not that important in the grand scheme of things but I thought it was worth mentioning. It’s also quite well designed, with a built in clip type mechanism and a sleek onboard display that provides a cheery welcome message, the time and your progress so far.
Much like my beloved WiFi scales, the Fitbit can wireless interact with your PC via a little USB dongle when you get near the device. Not having to actually plug it in saves a great deal of hassle and makes you much more likely to use it. There’s also an app but I can’t seem to see it in the UK app store just yet.
The FitBit tracks your movement, the number of steps you’ve taken, how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed and how many calories you’ve burned. You can also log an “activity”, such as sleep, cycling or whatever you’re into and clarify what it was later on the website. If you’re struggling with your fitness goals it’s a definite winner.