We are getting into that time of year again, when family, food, and gatherings take precedence over our healthy lifestyle choices. So I have picked out a few tech tools that can help you offset the holiday overload with a little healthy balance.
BodyBugg is a small device that you wear strapped on your upper arm all day. It will track your level of activity and calorie-burning continuously. By logging on to the website and entering your day’s food intake, the program then calculates exactly how many calories have been used and displays the number of calories available for consumption to maintain weight and reach fitness goals. Customized menus are available to aid in planning nutritional meals within the parameters of each individual’s fitness plan, and an easy-to-use food-logging program with thousands of known foods in an auto-search database makes keeping track of food intake simple. This product is priced at approximately $350.
FitBit is a a small device that can be clipped discreetly to your clothes. It tracks your movement throughout the day and delivers reports on how active you’ve been. These reports can be accessed through a website and used to learn not only how many steps you’ve taken but your sleeping patterns and caloric burn as well. You can also participate in collaborative fitness goals with friends, family and co-workers through the website. This product will not be available until December or January and will run about $199.
Wii Fit is a combination of fitness and fun, with Yoga, balance games, strength training and aerobics you will get your workout and have fun doing it. The Wii Balance Board is more than just part of the game it is a scale that can read your real-life movements and bring them to life on screen. Check your daily progress in Wii Fit with their customizable charts and graphs. You can also set goals, check your Wii Fit Age, and even enter exercise time you’ve done outside of Wii Fit. The program itself runs at $90, to buy the Wii system can range from $250 to $450.
GoodGuide helps consumers find better and more comprehensive information about the products they buy and the companies that make those products. The site strives to provide the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of products and companies. GoodGuide’s mission is to help you find safe, healthy, and green products that are better for you and the planet. If you are afraid the choices will be limited, don’t be, the GoodGuide lists 61,000 products for your perusal. This site is free.
If you are or aren’t using these tech tools I would love to hear what you think….