If the build up to the London 2012 Olympics has inspired you to start your own exercise regime, then what could be better for staying motivated than treating yourself to a brand new gizmo?
It can be difficult to keep up a new exercise plan, particularly if you can’t see any direct results. But with new gadgets on the market that track your distance, speed and calories burned, it’s easier to see whether you are improving.
Here we take a look at some of the most popular sports gadgets on the market.
Nike+ Sportwatch GPS Powered by TomTom
This watch brings together Nike’s expertise and understanding of athletics which the GPS expertise of TomTom, making it a game changer for runners. The watch captures every step of your run.
You can then upload your data to the nikeplus.com website, where mapping features allow you to see your runs, find popular routes, track your goals, receive coaching tips and, even, challenge your friends to beat your time or distance.
The personal coaching feature reminds you to run, stores your run history and keeps a record of your personal bests. RRP $169.00
GolfBuddy Voice GPS Rangefinder
If golf is more your sport, the GolfBuddy, with a RRP of $179.99 is the perfect companion during 18 holes. It’s one of the smallest golf gps units available, at a tiny 1.7”x1.7”, and it weighs just 1oz, meaning you can clip it onto your visor.
Courses from around the world are already pre-loaded so it’s ready to use as soon as you take it out of the box. You just press a button and the GolfBuddy voice displays and speaks the distances to the next hole for you.
Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker
This gizmo is a good all rounder. At $99.95, it makes every step you take a step towards better fitness. The Fitbit Ultra monitors your all-day activity to provide you with feedback on steps taken, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed to encourage you to walk more and to be more active.
You get free online graphs and charts and you can also connect with friends to share and compete on fitness goals. You can also wear it at night, with the included Fitbit wristband to monitor how long and how well you slept.
Temp Trainer Pro
Think you can’t take advantage of an electronic gizmo if your chosen sport is in the water? Well, the Temp Trainer Pro is waterproof and has been developed with swimmers in mind.
You can use it for running and cycling too, but it’s especially useful in the pool. Easily securing under a swimmer’s cap, it transmits an audible temp beep. Athletes use the beep to train smarter and find their perfect pace. RRP $49.99
Polar FT4F Heart Rate Monitor Watch
Costing up to $103, this is a great gizmo for checking your fitness levels and making sure you’re exercising safely. The monitor is designed for those who want something quick, simple and to the point without the need for any time consuming programming and calibration.
You simply wear the watch, attach the transmitter, and it does the rest. If will indicate to you when you are improving on previous fitness levels, meaning it does what all sports gadgets should – give you that extra push to keep going.