Summertime means the sunshine, sunscreen, bathing suits and outside tanning oil. Summertime also means that all of those little body image issues you may work all year to fight off comes rearing their ugly heads. Getting fit for the summer is a great way to feel your best, but it’s tough to know where to start or what to do. Thankfully, technology has advanced in such a way that there is literally a gadget to help you do anything and everything. Plus, technology keeps getting smaller and smaller, especially when it comes to wearable technology that is designed to help you get into shape, so you won’t even notice most of the gadgets while using them. So, without further ado, here are the top five gadgets you need to get fit this summer!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
The first step to getting and staying fit is to drink enough water. Not only will staying hydrated be great for working out, it will have a positive effect on your complexion, energy, weight, hair, and nails – basically, it helps everything. There are plenty of gadgets out there that are designed to help you drink enough water, but the Thermos Connected bottle and Thermo Smart Lid app figures out how much water you should be drinking based on your profile and it then alerts you when you are falling behind your goal.
Watches to Keep Track of the Time
Fitness watches are one of the hottest items to help you get into shape, but you don’t actually need all of the bells and whistles in order to utilize a watch for fitness. Even the stylish MVMT watches can help you keep track of HIIT cardio—plus, a waterproof watch makes a great gift for your running buddy. Just pay attention to the sub dials that include a 24-hour clock, a 30-minute timer, and a 60-second timer, all of which you can use to time your sessions and keep track of your breathing in between high-intensity cardio. Plus, you’ll be the most stylish person in the gym, since watches solely dedicated to fitness are not exactly the most attractive when it comes to stepping outside of the gym and into a club.
Did you know that there are fitness trackers out there for extreme sports enthusiasts? Meaning that you can stick the tracker to your surfboard, skateboard or snowboard, and not have to worry about it breaking. Called Trace, the round gadget is shockproof, waterproof and super durable, so you can use it for pretty much anything you want that involves a board. Designed to be stuck to a board, it will log the various tricks you land, how fast you were going and how high you soared, and it will sync all of the data to the accompanying Smartphone app that you can then share with your friends on social media.
Foam Roll Paradise
No matter what type of exercise you’re into, if you are super into getting fit, chances are that your muscles will be getting pretty darn sore after each exercise session. If you take the time to foam roll your muscles after working out, the muscle pain in the following days will be drastically lowered. Basic foam rollers are great (basically, just a literal tube of foam that you roll on), but there is actually a vibrating foam roller out there. No big deal. Called the Vyper, the gadget uses a three-speed vibrating motor that will increase your blood circulation and lower the chances of stiff muscles after the workout. This isn’t going to directly make you more fit, but it will allow your muscles to recover quicker, which means that you will be able to get back into the gym a lot quicker.
Working out should never mean that you should ever have to sacrifice your tunes, even if you will be taking the waves on a surfboard. Most earbuds don’t do so well in water, but luckily there are some brands out there who are making earbuds for exercise enthusiasts, like Walkman. Walkman’s WS413/414 are apparently dust and salt-water proof, so you can go straight from jogging the beach to jumping in the waves for a cool-down, all without having to pause the latest Lady Gaga track.