January is the time of year when everyone makes a concerted, but often unsustained attempt to improve their fitness. I’ve been amazed at the number of fitness gadgets now available. Perhaps gadgets is a slightly unfair term, because some of them are pretty useful, but here’s a quick summary:
You can now get scales that send you weight to a secure website. It gets good reviews, though this endorsement makes it sound awful: “Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears recommends the Withings WiFi Body Scale, which
Tweets your weight when you step on it!”
Wakemate is a startup company that gives you a small armband to wear when you sleep. It analyzes your sleep patterns for later analysis and wakes you at (apparently) the least disruptive time.
Then there are many ‘personal trainer’ type games available on all the common console platforms. Such as Wii Fit or Your Shape on the XBox.
Finally, Fitbit tracks your movements and sleeps and downloads all that data for you to the internet.