PEDOMETERS – The New Fashion Accessory

The desire to track our fitness levels has evolved significantly over the years – it used to be ‘count your steps’ using a pedometer that sat on your hip…but with the advent of smartphones and technology… we wanted MORE.

Below are a number some of the new, trendy and different styles of ‘pedometer’ that can be used not only to count steps, but also track your running, swimming, cycling and other activites whilst linking to your social media and tracking your progress….and they look GOOD.

These are great tools for everyone – from elite athletes through to those of us who just enjoy to participate in active recreation.  Why not try one out with your friends, family or sporting club and see what happens?

Thanks to Mashable, Springwise and other cool sites for finding this information.

The Shine

Small round disc that can be worn on your clothing, on your wrist or in your shoe and tracks your physical activity.

Small round disc that can be worn on your clothing, on your wrist or in your shoe and tracks your physical activity.

Small, trendy, disc-shaped fitness tracker that counts steps, swim strokes AND bike pedals! You can wear this device on your shoe, in your sports bra or anywhere you please…and wherever you wear it, it looks good.

Syncing this device is a breeze – just place it on your smartphone, and a sensor on the device automatically uploads all your data. Set your goals, follow your progress and share the infomration with your friends.

Created by Misfit Wearables.

The Fitbit Zip

The Fitbit has been one of the forerunners into technologically advanced pedometers – and it just keeps evolving.

The FitBit Zip and FitBit One are now equipped with Bluetooth and more social sharing features and runs on a battery that lasts from 4-6 months.

Make sure you check this one out.

Nike+ Fuel Band

nike_fuelband_lThe FuelBand tracks a persons fitness so that they can compare a game of basketball to a dance class, for example.   Nike believes this will provide more precise measurement than simply tracking steps, and allow it to account for the differences across various sports (the device also tracks steps, calories, and time, however).

FuelBand uses red, yellow, or green coloring to let users know how they’re doing toward their goal and helps to motivate people to eercie longer, stronger and harder.

The Fuel Band has integration with Twitter and Facebook, and users can upload their data directly to their PC.

Want more information or inspiration?  Then check out these great innovations:

Facebook app lets runners pay with km’s completed

Although it is potentially rewarding people in the wrong areas (a marathon runner would accumulate far more km’s than a regular runner during one week) this concept is actually a great idea!

Thanks to Springwise for this great find!

“Created by Nike Mexico, the Subasta de Kilometros translates runners’ distances into currency in auction.

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Runners can already get reward points for their exercise minutes through the Nexercise app, which gamifies physical activity. Now sportswear company Nike Mexico has introduced its own twist on this concept with the Subasta de Kilometros, which translates runners’ distances into currency in auction.

Participants must first download the Running+ app – which monitors the details of exercise, such as pace, distance and time – or buy one of the Nike+ training products, which track similar data. The Facebook app then gives users the chance to bid on the ‘Subasta de la Semana’ – the Auction of the Week – using the amount of kilometers they have tallied by using the app in the last seven days. Each auction has a suggested price tag in kilometers and a finishing date. Runners must achieve the minimum price tag to bid, and the bidder with the longest distance wins the product. Items available include Nike apparel from Nike+ equipment to footwear. The following video explains the concept in more detail:

http://youtu.be/KRIdLjs37n0 “

The idea or rewarding people for physical activity is not a new one, but the evolution of technology is ensuring that the way activities are tracked and people are compensated is constantly changing.

Run, Run, I Do Run, Run

No longer is the saying ‘I’m going for a jog’ heard only by those in the near vicinity as you grunt and groan to tie shoelaces, ensure your clothes are comfy and loudly declare your fitness intentions.

Oh no – now the whole world can see, hear, comment and cheer you on as you take those steps towards becoming a happier, healthier, safer and stronger you.

The number of fitness applications (apps) available for use on smartphones is growing by the day.  Not only do these apps link you to other like minded-people, they can combine all of your social media tools and allow friends and family members from all around the world watch you progress and achieve your goals.

But not only are apps infiltrating the world of traditional sport and recreation activities.  People are turning towards variations of fun runs and sporting events that promote the collaboration of sports with art and culture, or those that focus on making people feel HAPPY….

Below are a few of our favourite apps and events - some of which cost, many of which are free – but all of which offer positive ways for technology and social interaction to support physical activity. 

If you know of any others, please get in touch as we’d love to share them around!

The Color Run is billed as the ‘happiest 5km’ run.  It’s a run that is more about fun than achieving times and distances and is something that people of all ages and abilities can take part in. Participants begin the run in white shirts and as they make their way through each kilometre, they are pelted with different coloured ‘dust’ which results in – to quote the website -  ‘starting like a brand new pristine coloring book, and ending looking like they fell into a Willy Wonka… tie dyed… vat of colored goodness.’

Nike+ GPS is a fantastic little tool ($1.99AUD).  Not only does this app track your runs, give you voice feedback through your headphones when you reach certain milestones, provide options for timed or distance runs….but it also allows your friends and family members to ‘cheer’ for you by pressing ‘like’ button on Facebook!

There’s nothing better than hitting that wall during a run, and suddenly a cheer breaks through the music and lifts your spirits… :) ..and since they released the app without the requirement for an ‘in-shoe’ sensor, it has become even more popular. 

Track your runs, comment on the weather and how you were feeling, share your run maps and even race a friend….there is plenty to explore and do through this application.

FigureRunning allows the worlds of art and exercise to merge into one.  As you head off on your route, you become the pencil.  Your track is traced, colours used and of course, interesting art works created and later, shared online with friends.

There are a multitude of other apps and activities out there….but some of our favourites include:

 

  • Zombies, Run! - Run around your local neighbourhood whilst being chased by zombies!! Don’t slow down….you DO NOT want to get caught!
  • RunKeeper - tracks yours workouts, making them fun, social and easy to understand.
  • Fitocracy - an online game and social network that aims to use gamification to
    help users improve their fitness.
  • iTreadmill - for those times when you can’t get outside..and running on a treadmill is your only choice.
  • Nexercise – According to the Huffington Post, this is a “true fitness app for lazy people.  It was made with the express purpose of making exercising more fun, like a game.”

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