health and fitness

Wrist-on with the fancy Withings Activité fitness watch

Smartwatches and fitness watches started out somewhat utilitarian and understated, but watches like the upcoming Withings Activité are bringing real fashion to the party. Unlike the round-faced Moto 360 and LG G Watch R smartwatches running Android Wear, the Withing Activité dials things back to real dials. At first glance it's more watch than fitness tracker, with a simple Swiss-made two-hand watchface dominating the proceedings.

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Sony's $200 Smart Tennis Sensor will tell you everything that's wrong with your swing

If you've been wondering why you're just so bad at tennis, or hoping to improve on your already awesome game, Sony's new Smart Tennis Sensor might be just the gadget you've been looking for. The gadget, which will screw into the lower end of compatible "select tennis racket models by top manufacturers such as Wilson, Prince and Yonex" will log shot counts, impact location, swing and call speed, and even spin, all through some crazy advanced vibration mechanics analysis.

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Runtastic Orbit keeps things focused on the run

Runtastic, best known for their suite of fitness apps, has today released their Orbit fitness tracker. The Runtastic Orbit tracks a users steps, fitness activities, calories burned, sleep cycles, and even ambient light. The Orbit uses Bluetooth smart to connect to the companion smartphone app, features and OLED display on the front and is waterproof up to 300 feet. Available for $119, the Orbit will be shipping on August 11.

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Endomondo brings fitness tracking to your Pebble adorned wrist

Endomondo has announced that it is now available for Pebble users so that they can take their workouts with them and monitor their fitness from their wrists. Endomondo is now available for iOS users in the Pebble appstore and will be coming to Android Pebble users later in the year.

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Everything you need to know about Fitbit

Using technology to try and improve your fitness is becoming more and more common these days. There are a variety of devices available, however one of the lower cost and simpler to use options is a fitness tracker. These trackers are coming from a variety of well known companies such as Jawbone, Nike, Garmin and even Samsung. They are also coming from some newer companies such as Misfit Wearables.

But while wearables, and fitness trackers in particular, may be somewhat of a new trend -- there is one company that seems to have a slight edge in terms of name recognition. That company is Fitbit, and despite this all being a new trend, they have already been around for more than a few years.

MobileFit month is well underway here at Mobile Nations and as part of this months coverage, we've already covered such topics as why you should buy a fitness tracker, and some of the problems surrounding fitness trackers. Up now is a bit of a deeper look at Fitbit and the variety of items that are connected to the name both by hardware and software. Yes, this all goes beyond simply wearing a step counter.

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Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50 unboxing and setup

I want to lose weight and track my progress along the way. Sure, there are several scales available, but this is MobileFit month. I decided to check out the Withings Smart Body Analyzer (WS-50). It measures weight, body composition, heart rate and air quality. Withings has also partnered with hundreds of compatible apps such as RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, and LoseIt.

Want to see what you get when you buy the Withings Smart Body Analyzer? Check out our unboxing and setup video.

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Why you should buy a fitness tracker

It's #MobileFit Month here at Mobile Nations, and that means we're looking at all of the best devices to get you fit and healthy. A big part of that group is of course, fitness trackers.

There are people who like to exercise and those who avoid exercise at all costs. The exercising group may be more willing to strap on a fitness tracker, however we'd argue that those who avoid exercise are the ones that would benefit much more. In fact, it seems the non-exercising group are the ones that should consider buying a fitness tracker.

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Assistive tech and fitness: We're not quite there yet

There's a major niche for fitness products that is mostly untapped — for now

As you will see during Fitness Month here on Mobile Nations, there is a wide array of cool and connected gadgets to help you get fit or stay fit. Bracelets, bands and clips that communicate with smartphones to tell you how far you've walked, how fast you did it, and how healthy it makes you come from plenty of manufacturers. They even get social and make for great games and contests. It's really cool to see how far this area has come in such a short time, and it's pretty great to see how well it's been accepted by tech enthusiasts and those who aren't quite as enthused about circuits as we might be.

But there is one group of people who have (so far) been left mostly out in the cold when it comes to being healthy connected-style — folks who have disabilities.

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LG's Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones going on sale this month

Announced back at CES 2014, the LG Lifeband Touch fitness band and LG Heart Rate Earphones are due to go on sale this month. The Lifeband Touch, with its curved OLED display and motion-tracking sensors is due to hit shelves on May 18th, as are the heart-rate-tracking Bluetooth-connected Heart Rate Earphones (such an inspired name there).

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Cue is the detailed connected health monitor on which you spit

If you thought smartwatches and cars were the only big connected technologies coming in the next 24 months, you would be missing perhaps the biggest and most intriguing one for health and fitness: Cue. Instead of measuring your heart rate or sleep patterns, Cue goes for actual bio-testing of fertility (Luteinizing Hormone), testosterone, influenza, vitamin D and inflammation. Now you can place lab tech right in the privacy of your own home!

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