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!"
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.