6 smart exercise tools that will keep you accountable
  • 24 Apr - 30 Apr, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

It can be so hard to stay enthused about fitness, especially when gyms are closed and you’re getting burned out with all the workout apps and videos you downloaded back in March 2020. If you feel yourself slacking off, it may be worth putting in a little more investment to stay motivated and off the couch. Accountability is key when it comes to working out. It's a huge factor in helping people show up. Tech can absolutely help. Push notifications can remind us to work out, hit specific goals, check in with the status of our daily goals, and acknowledge overall progress.

Unsure where to start? Think of these smart workout gadgets as your robotic personal trainers that nudge you to strive for new goals, reward your hard work, and even tell you when to chill.

WHOOP Strap 3.0

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. WHOOP is not your typical exercise tracker – it calculates how much strain you put on the body every day, as opposed to only zeroing in on individual metrics like calories, distance, or hours of sleep. The waterproof high-knit strap monitors how your heart rate is affected by everything then presents you with a comprehensive recovery score each morning so you know how to tackle the new day. What’s more, it measures your respiratory rate with such precision that you might see changes in your breathing pattern before you realise you’re feeling off – something we could all use during this pandemic.

Tangram SmartRope Rookie

Research shows that jumping rope for 10 minutes a day over the course of six weeks is as efficient as 30 minutes of jogging when it comes to cardio benefits. It’s also excellent for fine-tuning balance, both physically and mentally; cortisol levels are said to drop after jumping rope. With the SmartRope Rookie and app, you’ll actually stick to your new jumping routine as it stores 1,000 sets of data, automatically records jump count and calories, and helps you with interval training. And thanks to easily adjustable straps, your whole family can hop on board.

HidrateSpark Steel Bluetooth Smart Water Bottle

We all know staying hydrated throughout the day is important, but drinking water is all too easy to forget. That forgetfulness can lead to fatigue and lack of motivation to stay active in the first place. The HidrateSpark smart water bottle syncs to the app and alerts you when you need to take a sip based on a special equation that implements your age, height, weight, exercise, and even elevation. The bottle lights up and the app sends you notifications to make sure you stay on track. Another major bonus: The app helps find your bottle with the Find My Bottle feature should you ever misplace it.

JaxJox KettlebellConnect 2.0

No CrossFit classes, no problem. A 2019 Journal of Human Kinetics study showed that kettlebell training is more than a strength training tool; it helps improve cardio function in as little as 20 minutes a day, when done three to four times a week for six weeks. Set up your own routine with this kettlebell and app duo. The six-in-one digital adjustable JaxJox Kettlebell Connect 2.0 ranges in weight so you can increase resistance from 12 to 42 pounds in seconds. As you follow the unlimited on-demand class coaching, the app tracks your performance in real time, tracking every weight, rep, and set. You’ll see your progress via the FitnessIQ score that uses algorithms to calculate all the metrics.

Activ5 Fitness System

You’ve got no excuse to skip a workout thanks to Activ5’s five-minute isometric system. You can work out literally anywhere, even while sitting at your desk or in your car as you wait for grocery pickup. Over 100 game-like app exercises allow you to build strength without having to break into a sweat. Activ5 works with Apple Health and Apple Watch so you can track your activity and energy output as well.

Bellabeat Leaf Chakra Necklace

Yes, physical activity is good for you, but it’s just as important to keep your psyche fit to prevent burnout. With the Leaf Chakra necklace, which converts to a brooch-like clip, you can do just that. The smart jewellery works with the Bellabeat app to help you stay on track with your meditation, breathing, sleep, and stress thanks to 30 different meditation and breathing exercises. Not only will the app let you know when your headspace is fuzzy, it even works as a silent alarm through gentle vibration so you can start the day without wanting to destroy your phone.