With the new year just around the corner, 2018 fitness resolutions are not far off. If you’re looking to help a friend a family member achieve their health goals next year, here are five tech gift ideas for your favorite fitness enthusiast (or novice).
For the person who loves spin classes but can’t find the motivation to leave your living room, try Peloton’s smart bike. It’s an indoor exercise bike that allows riders to access studio cycling classes in real time. It’s a costly upfront investment and includes a monthly fee for classes, but remember that you’re paying for the convenience of the studio to come to your living room.
Price: $299.95The Fitbit Ionic is the ultimate workout companion. It provides personalized workouts on your wrist with step-by-step coaching, it stores and plays over 300 songs (including playlists from Pandora), all while tracking your pace, distance, routes, and heart rate. The Ionic package includes a large and small wristband to ensure the perfect fit for all day and all night wear. And when you’re not working out, it’s a fashionable timepiece.
Plankpad is a bodyweight trainer that helps with back pain and gets you in shape with dynamic plank workouts. Connect the pad wirelessly to your mobile device and enjoy numerous workouts and games as you workout. Your fitness friend will love being distracted by a game instead of counting the seconds of each exercise. Kickstart if for the holidays and it should arrive in the new year, just in time to fulfill those resolutions.
For your favorite swimmer, kick their workout up a notch with the gift of Zwim smart goggles. Zwim is a heads-up display that allows swimmers to monitor workout data, like heart rate, lap count, and calories burned, through their goggles in real-time. Zwim is available for preorder now via Indiegogo, with an expected ship date of May 2018 – just in time for swimming season.
While the rest of us cower at the sight of a scale, many fitness fanatics love to track their progress. And there’s no better tool to do that with than the Fitbit Aria Smart Scale. Aria is a digital scale that syncs with the Fitbit app automatically via a WiFi network. It recognizes up to eight different people so you’ll always be sure you’re syncing the correct data. Aside from weight, Aria tracks BMI, body fat percentage, and lean mass, so you’ll see a variety of numbers that’ll help inform a healthy lifestyle.