When it comes to fitness gadgets and gizmos for running, I admit to being a sucker for them all. I want to test each little click, clack and whiz to find out if it really produces results.
From a completely minimalist this is absolutely amusing to my husband. But a great benefit to you as it means that I quickly dump the losers and keep only the things that work to share with you, saving you time and money!
Here are some top fitness gadgets and how they work to give you some ideas for creative gifts or maybe just to treat yourself.
1. Touchpoints for Calm – ($175)
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much on board for anything that is going to help my brain slow down and allow me to be a nicer, calmer person as I figure out how to run this business! This is the calm version, but they also have small devices that are designed for sleep, which is really what I’m currently after!
Literally with the push of a button, this device will help to move your brainwaves back in to a state of calm. These neuroscience gizmos are based on a tech called BLAST. By doing so, they are said to relieve stress by over 70% in just 30 seconds.
A fun chart showing the change in brain waves in one writer for Forbes at CES.
2. HumanCharger – ($200)
Are you a frequent race traveler? Trying to get your body ready for the time change and an early morning race wake up isn’t easy. But it can be a whole lot easier thanks to HumanCharger.
The idea is a take on traditional light therapy which involves sitting in front of a specific colored lamp. Instead you can place these earbuds in and let the light go straight to the brain, helping to reset your internal clock with the use of portable light.
Bright light via the ear canal causes a biological response in the human brain neural networks as seen in the placebo-controlled, single blind, functional magnetic resonance imaging study, suggesting that the brain tissue is inherently light-sensitive. In the study conducted by the University of Oulu researchers, the human brain’s visual and sensomotor cortexes showed significant increased functional connectivity in the light group as compared to the placebo group.
You just put in the ear buds, press the start button and let it run for 12 minutes. I used it in Hawaii on the plane to keep me awake when we landed and in the mornings to get me going when my body thought it should still be sleeping.
Studies seem to show this type of system works equally well for Seasonal Affect Disorder, aka “oh my gosh where is the sun this winter syndrome“.
Not just a coach in your ear, but an interactive system that means you don’t even need to check your watch any longer. No need to go in to massive details here when I’ve written and talked about it so in depth in the above link.
4. Lumo Run – ($80)
Runners know one of the fastest ways to prevent injuries is with better form. But how do you know where to start?
It’s easy thanks to the Lumo Run! You clip the small sensor on to the back of your shorts, right in the middle of your back. You turn on the associated app and get to running. While you run it’s analyzing your hip movements, stride, foot falls and torso movements.
Once you finish the run, you’ll get specific feedback inside the app.
- Detailed descriptions of noted issues – too much bounce, hip dropping, too much torso rotation
- Videos of exercises to correct issues
- Provides small changes, so you aren’t over correcting at one time
- Ongoing tracking so you can monitor changes
- Real time coaching during the run (optional)
5. EMFIT QS Sleep Monitor – ($246)
Many of you know that I train by heart rate, but there is so much more that we can learn from something called our Heart Rate Variability. While you sleep the EMFIT sits under your mattress and measures what’s happening in your body! Unlike most monitors which only look at your movements, this is gathering data on your movement, respiratory rate and heart rate to help you know if you’re overtrained or ready to rock a track workout.
What could it tell you?
- Restless night of sleep could indicate a day of overtraining
- HRV shows you the impact of training stresses on your body and whether you’re recovering
- Rising resting HR could mean you’re fighting a pending cold
- See how changes in diet effect your sleep (maybe that superfood doesn’t work for you)
Sleep is so key for runners, read more about WHY we need it and how to get more.
6. Garmin Fenix 5 – ($499)
Last year this was my big ask of Santa, who by the way did not pony up. However, in the Spring I received both the Fenix 5S and 945 to test, which means I’ve written a detailed review of them to help you figure what the best option is.
Honestly, the Fenix provides more lifestyle functions and looks like a watch you might wear more casually with everything you own. I have stuck with wearing it 90% of the time and while I still think it has more bells and whistles than I need, I do love the look of that rose gold.
If you’ve been relying on the scale it’s likely time to stop! Instead a tool like Skulpt allows you to measure body fat on different areas of the body. For me, it’s been a useful tool to find out what portions of my strength training were working and where I needed to make changes. It’s also going to ensure you aren’t looking at a scale that doesn’t take into account all your muscles to see progress.
8. Massage Gun – ($180)
Prying the massage gun out of the hands of van 1 during our Ragnar relay proved to be quite the task. They were in love and enoying every minute of loosening up stiff muscles from sitting in the van, working on tight glutes and all form of other issues.
There are a variety of these on the market, the most common name is Hypervolt which runs about twice the price for the exact same features.
9. UpRight Go Posture – ($99)
After recently sharing my own issues with my shoulders rolling forward due to all the computer and Instagram time, I was overwhelmed by how many of you felt the same! That started an entire blog post and video with exercises to help all of us.
But in addition to that, you can’t go wrong with that constant reminder. Because honestly this one is a case where perfect practice makes it a habit! You’ll start out with a daily training session and then use the device more as a reminder to hold that good form!
10. Jaybird Wireless Earbuds – ($170)
I’ve done an entire post showcasing the different options, but if I had to pick one right now it would be the Jaybird Vista Wireless earbuds. These are going to provide a snug fit and when in the gym doing that strength workout block out the extra noise.
On the trails, you can easily run with just one and get plenty of sound while being aware of what’s happening around you. They are sweat proof and while waterproof, still not recommended for swimming. Mine have a great battery life and a small portable charging case if you’re going super long on the trails or traveling.
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