When it comes to 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!
As always, I’m doing the research to save you the time. 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. Pavlok – $199
Are you ready to change your habits? Are you just not getting it done?
What if like Pavlov’s dogs you could get a little shock each time you performed a bad habit? Reportedly it takes many people less than 5 days to change a habit using Pavlok! Currently Pavlok is only in a bracelet style, but I met the founders and they’re working on other ways to wear it.
Say I wanted to finally put my holiday cookie indulging into submission, I could do the following:
- Grab a big plate of cookies
- Press the Pavlok for a shock
- Smell the cookies
- Press the Pavlok for a shock
- Repeat a few times in one sitting
I’ll likely head away in that moment, but each time I’m tempted one shock will bring back that negative association and slow my roll!
2. HumanCharger – $219
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 – $100
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 Phoenix 3 – $499
I admit this is one of the few things I’m recommending without having slapped it on my wrist…mostly because I’m hoping Santa reads this and gets one in my stocking!
What can I say social media marketing works and I want to put fun little sayings on my watch and have it look like a bazillion bucks. That being said, a cheaper option which you’ve see I already love is the TomTom Spark that actually plays music and does the HR through the wrist! The heart rate through the wrist feature is key to me and one that I will never go without again!!
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.
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This is not a sponsored post, but I have tested out lots of products for free because I love it all. It does contain affiliate links which are free to you and a way to throw some pennies at keeping RTTF going.