What is Christmas and the Holidays without High Tech?
It may seem like everyone and their mother has an iPod these days but for
those who don't the iPod nano makes the perfect Christmas gift for any past or
present fitness enthusiasts.
The main features are the larger colored screen with video capability and
longer lasting rechargeable battery. Most people would rather not workout
at all if the iPod is not ready to workout as well. Music is the easiest
form of motivation and entertainment for most people.
Apple also has released the Nike sport kit
which includes a sensor and wireless receiver.
The sensor is placed in the
pocket of special Nike shoes which transmits your physical activity data to the iPod which you can upload to your computer and analyze.
Every add on is also a good idea for fitness related Christmas gifts.
Motivation to begin exercise is often more challenging than the exercise itself.
A great Christmas gift for fitness is a heart rate monitor.
Polar heart rate monitors have been around for a while and are the standard for
which all heart rate monitors are judged.
If you are a complete newbie at cardiovascular exercise you should know that
your heart rate is really what tells you if you are working out hard enough or
Heart rate to cardio is what weights is to weight lifting. If you really
want to get results in your exercise program it is very important to now your
heart rate so you will know when you make improvements.
The polar heart rate monitors have a chest strap which relays the information
wirelessly back to the wrist watch.
The more money you spend the more features you will get. The newest, most
advanced heart rate monitor with the most features is the Polar RS800GS3.
The RS800GS3 goes a step further and like the Garmin, has a GPS sensor and
comprehensive software program which not only monitors your progress and track
your steps but gives you advice and specific training programs.
The software for the Polar RS800GS3 can track your movement in running,
cycling, hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and inline skating.
As you expected the most advanced Polar heart rate monitor will not come
cheap. You can pick it up for around $459 on various retailers.
meets fitness head on with a triumphant victory score with the Garmin
Forerunner. Garmin makes GPS technology so it seems natural that they
provide you with a GPS tool which tracks you as you jog, run, climb and bicycle all over the
The new forerunner 405 seems to be the best forerunner yet because it
actually looks like a sleek watch rather than a bulky PC on your wrist.
The new forerunner 405 also uses a very simple touch screen interface and
only 2 buttons. It has wireless communication capabilities so you can see
if your friend is outpacing you.
All forerunners have a great software package which you can upload your
workout data too.
You can see graphs and readouts of everything from how far you ran, your
average heart rate, the climb you made as well as your calories burned during
your exercise session.
The forerunner also packs numerous features which tailor to the serious
If you are a hardcore competitive runner or bicyclist the GPS technology of
the forerunner may make it indispensable. The forerunner with heart rate
monitor will run around $350.00 so it it quite an investment for the casual
Now that you have the coolest, most in-depth and advanced fitness Christmas
gift, accomplishing your New Years resolution will seem less far off this