Mar 012013
 
FitBit_Nike_Garmin_Withings

Activity trackers, heart rate monitors, wifi scales, calorie-intake trackers/food diaries, GPS watches, goals, and achievements are just some of the many things we can use to keep track of our fitness.  The trouble is that even though we have all of these great technologies to help us along our path to become better athletes or shed some pounds, it’s difficult to find a single place to store all of that data.  Sure, there are plenty of sites that aggregate a few things into one place, but, unfortunately, nothing seems to be all-inclusive, yet.   That said, Meagan and I have found that the Fitbit interface does the best job at “everything tracking” of the sites/apps we have tried thus far.  So, in this week’s “Hack Your Fitness” I’m going to explain how to use your Fitbit account as a tool to gather data from (most of) your fitness devices into one spot.

Supplies needed:

Fitbit – ranging from $50 to $100 – This is the only device you need to have for this “hack”.  Everything else is up to you.

Level of difficulty: Medium – This one doesn’t take any scripting, but the process of linking everything up can get a little confusing.

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CES 2013 – Activity Tracker Bonanza

 Posted by on January 15, 2013  No Responses »
Jan 152013
 
CES

If you are unfamiliar with CES (Consumer Electronics Show), I’ll start by saying that it is the world’s largest consumer technology trade-show featuring over 3000 exhibitors (and if any reader out there wants to hook us up with an invite for 2014, we would be very interested in going)(and yes, this is basically the same opening paragraph as last year’s CES article, so sue me!).  The 2013 event wrapped up on January 12th and this year’s hot topic was, apparently, activity trackers!  While there were 15+ total trackers featured at CES, I picked out a few of my favorites to share with you and/or ones that I feel will make the biggest impact. So, without further ado, let’s get to the activity tracker parade! Continue reading »

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Fitbit Gets Weighty

 Posted by on January 10, 2012  No Responses »
Jan 102012
 

Image courtesy of www.fitbit.com.

For those of you who already own a Fitbit, or are interested in getting one, I wanted to make you aware of a new product that is being added to their health-tracking line. The Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale was just announced at CES and, according to Fitbit’s product page, boasts the following features:

  • Weight, body comp, and more. Tracks weight, body mass index (BMI), and % body fat.
  • Wirelessly uploads to Fitbit.com. Uploads your weight automatically to your free Fitbit.com account.
  • Automatically recognizes users. With an easy set-up process, the scale will automatically recognize up to eight users.
  • Free iPhone app. See your stats, track weight trends, and log workouts — all on the go.

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Does Withings Weigh Up?

 Posted by on December 6, 2011  No Responses »
Dec 062011
 

The WiFi BodyScale by Withings is available from their website and the Apple Store for $159.

The short answer is yes, it does! However, I’d now like to give you a more in-depth explanation as to why the WiFi Body Scale by Withings is an investment every health conscious person should consider. We landed on this scale after shopping both in stores and online, and quickly realizing that scales, frankly, suck!  The only scale we found that was able to provide all of the data we wanted, in the way we wanted, was the WiFi Body Scale by Withings.  After much debating on whether or not spending $159 on a scale would actually be worth it, we went to the Apple Store, grabbed the Apple-esque packaged item off the shelf, and returned home.  As we mentioned in our Christmas gift post, this would make a great Christmas present!

Setup

Being that I am a fan of Apple products, I tend to appreciate simplicity and recognize the importance of aesthetics when it comes to packaging, set-up, and the product itself.  It appears that Withings has taken a leaf out of Apple’s book by presenting this scale to the customer using quality packaging, quality materials, and making it relatively easy to use.  The packaging is adorned with a beautiful picture of the WiFi scale and nothing else. Clearly Withings is confident enough about the quality of their product, that they are comfortable letting it speak for itself.  After pulling off the plastic wrap on the box, and the two small pieces of circle tape near the flaps, the box continues to follow Apple’s fashion by immediately greeting you with the front of the shiny new scale.  Installation is as follows:

  1. Create Withings’ account
  2. Click install scale (this queues a downloader)
  3. Connect scale
  4. Configure WiFi connection
  5. Put on a flat spot

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Dec 012011
 
Runner's Christmas

Shopping for people around the holidays can be very difficult, so we’ve compiled a list of things that might light up your favorite runner’s face or give you some ideas as to what you might like to see under the tree on Christmas morning.  We won’t be doing an in-depth review of these items until later posts, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

FitBit Ultra

We just reviewed the FitBit Ultra and find it to be a very well designed activity tracker.  This is a great gift for any health conscious individual.  The FitBit Ultra is available at Best Buy and at FitBit.com for $99.95.

Spibelt

One of the many favorites that the TR crew runs with is the Spibelt.  Meagan originally came across this gem when looking for a better answer on how to carry our iPhones during our run.  The Spibelt is nothing more than an adjustable elastic strap with a single pocket that can be used to hold keys, credit or ID cards, electronics, gels and/or candy.  It is available in many different colors, with models starting at $19.95 (Spibelt.com), and can also be found in most specialty running shops. Continue reading »

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Fitbit[s] & Pieces

 Posted by on November 28, 2011  11 Responses »
Nov 282011
 
Good things do come in small packages!

Get ready for a lot of Fitbit Ultra love, readers! After our less-than-satisfying experience with the Jawbone UP, I was eager to try another activity tracker, as, at the very least, the UP managed to peak my interest in tracking my daily activities. Enter the Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker. Since purchasing my Fitbit Ultra about two weeks ago, I have fallen in love with it and would not hesitate to call it my perfect fitness tool. It is accurate, fun and easy to use, and far more functional than the Jawbone UP.

The Fitbit Ultra, released in 2011, is the follow-up to the original Fitbit. Both versions are still being sold in stores and both carry a price tag of $99.95, so be sure you are picking up a box labeled Fitbit Ultra, not just Fitbit, if you want the 2nd gen version of the device. I would definitely recommend going with the Ultra, as it brings with it a couple extra (and useful) features not included on the original device, including an altimeter (for measuring the # of flights of stairs you climb in a day) and a stopwatch to time your activities (like going for a run!). Here’s a look at some of my favorite features of this device:

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