Fitbits and Jawbones may be dominating the fitness technology field at the moment, but there are plenty of exciting bits of kit which can help you get back into shape from the comfort of your man cave this January. If you’ve over-indulged on cheese and port this festive season, these 4 futuristic fitness gizmos for your home could help you shed a few pounds.
1. Tao Chair (unreleased)
Work out without getting up. The Tao Chair is an invisible gym for your living room. Push ups, pull ups, working your core – all in front of the telly. This is a futuristic looking device for the incredibly lazy, based around the concept of isometric movements, complete with an LCD screen and connectivity to help you track your progress.
2. SmartMat Yoga Mat (Pre-order $297.00)
Personalised yoga instruction in your home, with impressive levels of feedback as you follow your personalised SmartMat yogic instruction. It’s a bit like Siri mixed with a YouTube yoga tutorial – with great connectivity and sensitivity. Really impressive if you’re keen to boost flexibility and tone.
3. Xbox 360 Kinect training bundle (£320.00)
You’d be right to be sceptical about the fitness benefits a games console can really offer. Just how much fitter did you get as a result of buying that Wii Fit, for example? But this motion-sensing bundle is a little bit different. The workouts are surprisingly hard, regimes are personally tailored and the performance tracker is actually pretty good motivation. Not bad if you want to get fit in the privacy of your man cave.
4. Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale (£99.99)
If your humble bathroom scales don’t feel sophisticated enough for you anymore, the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale will certainly up the ante a point or three. This high-tech, ultra precise scale won’t just weigh you, it will also calculate your BMI, your body fat percentage and upload all of this information to an online and iPhone app via Wi-Fi. These impressive scales can even record ongoing data for up to five users, so your whole household can get in shape.
Are you tempted by any of these flashy new fitness gadgets or do you think they’re all gimmicks? Will you be investing in a fitness tracker this year? Share your thoughts and experiences with other Barrington readers below.