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Vote in This Week's Poll: Which gadgets do you use for exercise?

By November 5, 2012

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A few weeks ago, I was out of town visiting friends and preparing for a workout. As I passed by her on the way to the basement, my friend wondered, "What is all that?" She was referring to the many electronics I was juggling which included my iPhone (for music), headphones (to listen to the music), heart rate monitor (to track my intensity) and my iPad (to use as a timer for my planned cardio workout). After my rather long explanation, she stared at me and said, "Gee. All I have is a pair of walking shoes."

"Amateur," I muttered, to which she replied, "Gadget Geek!"

Touche.

You obviously don't need every electronic gadget you own to exercise since, in fact, a pair of shoes and your own body works pretty darn well. Still, the gadgets we have today can do wonders for exercisers who are constantly looking for something different. Variety is the only way many of us stay motivated and I love being able to scratch up a workout whether I'm in someone's basement, a hotel room or my own home gym.

I've even updated my article, The Best Exercise and Fitness Apps for iPhone, iTouch and iPads, with some new apps, if you're in the market.

What about you? What gadgets do you use for your workouts and which one is the most important to you? Do you think these gadgets have opened more exercise doors or are they a waste of time? Vote in this week's poll and tell us what you think.

Comments
November 5, 2012 at 10:31 am
(1) crow says:

I use my body, legs, feet, arms and go for a run, hike or long bike ride. Outside.
Gadgets? No.
Winter: snowshoe, ski, run, hike. Indoors: treadmill, windtrainer.

November 6, 2012 at 8:09 am
(2) Benjamin says:

Gadgets? Yeah, some people love ‘em. And rightly so, if they help. As for me, I only need a heart rate monitor for cardio and a source of music to relieve boredom on the exercise bike – radio, mp3 player, CD, whatever.

November 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm
(3) wezz says:

Just use “The Force”…allways works..

November 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm
(4) Sara P says:

I use 3 apps on my iPhone- an interval timer, pandora and Sportstracker. The last I use when I try to run. I really dislike running, so it’s a great motivator to show my progress (or lack thereof).

November 17, 2012 at 1:57 am
(5) emmies says:

Ive just bought a HRM, and I think its the best buy Ive ever made, fitness wise. I love that it not only tells me how many calories I burn, but actually gives me a heart rate reading – so I know how hard Im working, rather than just perceiving it all to be really hard.

I sometimes bring my ipod with me to the gym, but thats pretty rare at the moment – no need for my own music in spin class, and the rest of the time, the gyms music is pretty decent.

Also, I have a pedometer on my SIII – I dont use it at the gym so much, because most of my workout gear doesnt have pockets (and the armbands for the SIII are still pretty hideous, if you can find one at all in the shops). But I use it at work – its quite a releif to know that I actually hit around 6000 steps at work, when I feel like Im sitting on my butt all day.

When I come home from work, I track my calories in, calories out, and include the steps Ive done that day – so I guess I use a computer too for all of that.

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