Forget the stereotype of the gadget-loving couch potato. These innovations can help you stay trim, monitor your fitness and even save your life.
Keep on running
For those after a gadget to motivate and track some serious fitness progress there's plenty to be had – from the Nike + system (reviewed here) which uses an iPod and a pair of trainers to wirelessly monitor your pace, calories burned and distance travelled, to the Adidas-branded Samsung F110 mobile phone that offers similar functions (reviewed here).
The GMaps Pedometer is a Google Maps widget that records distances travelled during a running or walking workout by simply entering the route taken.
If you're after a watch that doubles as a heart monitor, look to Suunto's training devices (suuntowatches.com), which come bundled with a heart-rate monitor belt. Worn across the chest, the belt monitors your heartbeat and communicates with the watch to calculate calories burned.
Garmin's Forerunner watches are also able to measure your heartbeat while training. The entry-level Forerunner 50 uses a foot pod to monitor speed and distance; the top-end Garmin Forerunner 405 (reviewed here) employs GPS satellite technology to track your position and progress. Both feature a USB stick that plugs into the user's PC and automatically downloads workout data stored on the watch.
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