Fitbit can help you keep on target with any physical goals by tracking such things as walking, yoga, or weight lifting as well as logging foods you eat, when you eat and more.
Talking with Fitbit at CES 2012, we got a better overall feeling about how they work with iOSCheck out the video above for the full details -- it really is quite an amazing product, especially if you've got some new year's resolutions to keep
Not content with merely making some of the best Bluetooth headsets and wireless speakers in the business, Jawbone expanded their product line this year with the Jawbone UP. A small, light bracelet, you wear it around your wrist and along with an iPhone companion app, it keeps track of how you're sleeping, how much exercise you're doing, and what you're eating.
Live at CES 2012 we talk to Jawbone about the future of UP, the updated they're pushing out, and why they feel mobile lifestyles encompass more than the traditional product lines.
Japanese news site Macotakara (translated) reported last week that Apple has supplied Made For iPhone accessory makers with a new authentication chip using Bluetooth 4.0 and the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol, making it easier to setup and authenticate devices for use over the dock connector and Bluetooth with a specific push for fitness and health-related apps.
The highly anticipated iPhone fitness accessory, Jawbone Up, will be available this Sunday. A colorful wrist band with built in sensors and a vibration motor, Jawbone Up is designed to track your eating, sleeping and exercise patterns.
Garmin has announced an iPhone fitness app called Garmin Fit and also an accessory called the ANT+. The fitness app will allow users to track their workouts including pace, distance, time and calories burnt. It can also map your runs and automatically uploads your data to Garmin Connect which is a web community for Garmin Fit users.
The ANT+ adapor clips into the 30 pin dock connector on your iPhone and it can then connect wirelessly with various Garmin accessories such as a heart rate monitor and even a foot pod senor. The foot pod sensor allows users who are using a treadmill or similar to track speed, distance and even run cadence.
Zombies, Run! is a fitness game for the iPhone which has now received Kickstarter funding of over 400%. It is an adventure type game where you have to physically take part. You do this by running in the real world, in your area, collecting medicine, ammo, batteries and spare parts. Clues and instructions are sent to you via your headphones while you are running.
Patently Apple has uncovered another very interesting Apple Patent application. This time it is an integrated Fitness Center app that it has been working on for quite some time. Nike also appear to have had some involvement in the development as one illustration lists "The Nike Training Club Class”.
The app covers all aspects of a workout including stats gathered from smart equipment as well as a unique social networking element that works within a particular fitness center or city limits. The app will help you find workout buddies or work as a motivational tool.
Gym Technik says they were built for Blackberry, but are now on the iPhone "due to popular demand":
Gym Technik is an innovative online service that uses the lastest in cutting edge mobile technology to connect your iPhone to your fitness routine. Members of this service can define their entire workout routine on the Gym Technik website, and when at the gym - The iPhone, pointed at the Gym Technik mobile website, allows for tracking of exercise stats in their routine, visual exercise guidance, and references to previous workout stats. All of this information synchs automatically to the members' web account where they can view their progress on informative charts and graphs and optimize their routine as necessary.
So, if you're a switcher and want to bring the service with you, or just looking for something to help keep you on track with your workouts, this might be work a look. Let us know!
You've probably heard the joke - "Hey, I'm in shape. ROUND is a shape." Although we revel in our technology and invent machines to do more so we can do less, there are still opportunities to use technology to help us stay active and fit. Thanks to a heads-up from Kelly Sonora, keep reading for this week's Tip on how your iPhone can help you get or stay in shape!