Consumer Technology to Help Runners, Yogis, and Other Fitness Fanatics

Staying healthy is important, especially the older you get. My birthday was earlier this week, and although I’m now out of the coveted 18-35 demographic, I’m staying as fit and healthy as I can.

I live where professional athletes from all around the world come to train and my roommate is a marathon runner and gym bunny. So we ran through a few fitness gadgets to see how they hold up.

There’s some fun stuff out there, and we hope to get some connected clothing and more soon.

Fitbit Charge 2 ($130 at


Fitbit is practically a household name to encompass all fitness trackers, and there’s a good reason. The company hit the ground running and works hard to combine heart rate, activity, and sleep tracking to give an overall view of your health.

The Charge 2 needs your phone’s GPS signal to accurately track your run, but it works well with both Android and iOS and the data can be exported to practically any other run or fitness tracking platform. For best results, you’ll need two watches to wear one while the other charges.

Moto 360 Sport ($199.99 at


To take a step up from your average fitness tracker, Motorola designed the Moto 360 Sport to be a sporty fitness tracker version of its already popular Moto 360 smartwatch line. Although it doesn’t have the activity tracking capabilities of a Fitbit, it does have Android Wear, so the software library is extensive.

Moto Fit and Moto Body are among Motorola’s proprietary fitness apps, and it can also sync with UA, Nike, Fitbit, and other fitness tracking platforms. For a great all-in-one you can wear even when not working out, Moto 360 Sport is among the best.

iHealth Core and Edge ($129.99 and $69.99 at


iHealth has an entire line of smarthealth gadgets meant to help keep track of data on calories, body mass, blood pressure, glucose, and more. Adding an iHealth Core scale to your home brings another level of health monitoring you won’t get from wearables alone.

The iHealth Edge also makes for an affordable entry level fitness tracking wearable that’s easily integrated with the iHealth platform. Multiple users can be tracked simultaneously making it perfect for the whole family.

Lumo Run ($79.99 at


Any running expert will tell you running is all about form and if you’re off your form, you’re going to get injured. My roommate unfortunately learned this firsthand while training for her latest marathon. The timing wasn’t ideal, but we did give it to her trainer to find out how well it works.

Lumo Run’s sensors give feedback on your running bounce, cadence, braking, pelvic rotation, and drop to provide feedback through an AI coach that helps you improve over time. It can run 20 hours (probably longer than you) and, when combined with a fitness tracking wrist wearable, it provides a lot of valuable feedback.

Thync ($199.99 at


Fitness is mostly mental, as any professional athlete will tell you. While it’s not a good idea to use the same performance-enhancing drugs as professional athletes, you can boost your energy and enhance your calm using technology.

Thync is engineered to connect to your brain and smartphone, sending electrical impulses to assist in adjusting your mood. If you know someone who needs an attitude adjustment, strap it on and let Thync get to work to change how they feel for hours.

Muse ($179.99 at

Muse Brain Sensing Headband Pepcom

If the idea of actively changing brain patterns scares you, there’s always Muse, the meditation headband by Gaiam that uses hospital-grade sensors to measure your brain’s activity and determine how well you’re actually relaxing during meditation sessions.

While it can technically be worn all the time, when you’re relaxed and at home is best, so you can participate in guided meditations in peace. Yogis and others who believe in eastern medicines should choose Muse to provide the necessary level of Om.


Electrified S Smart Bike ($2798 at


The VanMoof Electrified S is one of the lightest and sturdiest electric bikes on the market, including built-in anti-theft features, LED lighting, peddle assist, and a boost, this thing makes you smarter than the city around you. If it is stolen, they guarantee it’ll be returned and have a 100% return rate so far.

You can turn the electric assist off, and still have a smart bike that uses both bluetooth and GSM cell networks to track location and a smartphone app to report it stolen if necessary. People won’t even notice it has a state-of-the-art electric engine inside the frame.

Netatmo Healthy Home Coach ($99.99 at


Health doesn’t end with your body. The air and environment around you makes a difference too. This is where Netatmo’s Healthy Home Coach comes in. It monitors the temperature, CO2 content, noise, and humidity in the air and lets you track within the app or simply tap for a quick glance.

With a Healthy Home Coach installed in various rooms around the house, you can keep an eye on how healthy your overall home is and optimize it. Having it plugged in for several weeks at home, I found this data to be quite useful.


Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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