Spring is here, and summer is not far behind. That means swimsuit season, but if you're not quite ready, don't fear. Why not let technology help you shed a few pounds and stay on track all year.
Jill Salama, from FabFitFun.com, shows us some of the latest, greatest and most helpful fitness gadgets and accessories
Withings: Smart Body Analyzer: Yes it's true, the mention of the world scale often leaves us running straight for the hills (or the ice cream shop- either one) but this is oh-so-much- more than just a scale. The Withings Smart Body Analyzer is the world's first body scale with heart rate detection, CO2 and temperature monitoring. It automatically records your body weight and fat mass % and instantly transmits via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to its free app -Withings Health Mate. The scale takes heart rate readings for daily tracking of resting heart rate (a lower resting heart rate over time means you're getting fitter!) Keep it in your bedroom or bathroom and it will monitor CO2 levels and alert you if it's time to open the window and get some fresh air, optimizing your environment. It will automatically recognize up to 8 users just by stepping on the scale and if you really want to keep yourself accountable (you brave, brave soul), it can be set to Tweet your weight or post to Facebook for motivation from followers and friends. It's a super simple set up process done wirelessly using an iOS or Android device and the scale works with over 80 third party apps and websites including some of the most popular fitness apps like DailyBurn, RunKeeper, ZEO, BodyMedia, Microsoft HealthVault, Lose It!, MyFitnessPal and more. This device turns something that's scary into data you can use to track your progress seamlessly and keep you in check. It retails for $149.95.
Yogamatic- custom mats and towels: We all know that yoga is a great way to both get Zen and get in shape but if you've been to a yoga or Pilates classes or are using a mat at the gym to stretch or strength train, the mats are so plain and dull. And who wants plain? No one. That's' who. Plain is boring and plain is NOT motivating us to get our downward dog on when we can sit outside on this nice spring day and sip margaritas with our pals. Right? Yogamatic lets you choose your motivation by creating your own custom yoga mats and towels. You can upload a picture that makes you feel calm, a picture of your favorite place you've ever traveled to, something that inspires you, makes you laugh- the choice is yours- and they will turn it into a mat and/or towel. It's your own 12 square feet of floor and now it can (and should!) reflect YOU so that you will be excited to get your booty to class (also motivating? Jennifer Anniston gave a custom Yogamatic mat to Oprah with all of her dogs on it so you know you're in good company when you take this mat to class!) If you don't have a photo of your own that you love, fear not! Because Yogamatic has tons of fun ready to order designs to choose from. The YM Galleries contain a collection of original work not seen anywhere else-most of which is only available as Limited Editions. Your "soul mat" is sure to be found here. Prices range between $69 and $79.
Sony W Series Sports Walkman MP3 Player: Okay so there is NOTHING more annoying than being in the zone of your workout only to accidentally get all tangled in the cord of your headphones. And when you're running outside, who wants to hold their phone in their hand? Well thankfully, Sony has come a long ways from the days of the Walkman with their latest Sports MP3 Player. It comes in four fabulous colors: black, white pink and blue and now you can run wild and free because this is a wire-free, hands-free, and waterproof (that's right you can now swim to your favorite jams in under 6 feet of water!) headphone. We all know- and use- the excuse of having no battery on our iPod as a reason to not hit the gym but now you'll have no excuse because you can quick charge and in under three minutes (the time it takes to get into your gym clothes) and you will have 60 minutes of use (and when it's fully charged you get 8 hours!) Don't let its compact size fool you. With 4GB of internal memory, there's plenty of room to store up to 900 songs and you can quickly search through your music with ease using convenient, multi-function playback buttons. Plus you can drag and drop your favorite songs from any music service or even your desktop. It retails for $99.99.
FitBit Flex: One of the biggest trends in the accessories world right now is "arm candy" where you pile a bunch of bracelets on your arm. It's super chic but now this super trend just got a fitness makeover! The brand new FitBit Flex is a bracelet you wear (and bonus! You can interchange the bands so that it goes with your outfit. Love that!) but it's so much more than a piece of arm candy. In fact, it's the ONE piece of arm candy that's going to keep you from reaching for an actual piece of candy. It automatically syncs with your smartphone and computer so that you can set your fitness goals and track your progress. This bad boy monitors your daily steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. It lights up progressively so you can keep track of hitting your goal throughout the day. And you can use the app on your phone to track your food and calorie intake. On top of all of that, it tracks your sleep! When it comes to weight loss "You snooze you lose" really isn't the case. It's proven that people who don't get enough sleep at night are generally more overweight. The FitBit Flex not only monitors your sleep BUT it will make sure you don't snooze too much and miss your pre-work appointment with the gym because it even will shake you awake. It retails for $99.95.