Saturday, 24 October 2015

Fitness Using Video Games for the Wii and XBOX

Fitness and technology have continued to be closely merged with each other. Professional athletes, trainers and fitness gurus use technology to plan, track and manage fitness regimens for themselves and their clients. It was almost expected that the combination of fitness and technology would very soon find its way into homes. This article explores some of the great fitness gadgets which can be used inside the comfort of your home.
Since the Nintendo Wii was released in 2006, fitness and workouts at home have been the craze for a lot of people. They are now able to compare their motions to the instructor, thanks to the Wii motion sensors. Of course, the gaming aspect will track your progress while providing goals which is similar to video games.

The Wii Fit uses the Balance Board which is a balance board you can stand on while doing your workouts. This game includes yoga, aerobics, strength, and balance. Similar to a video game, you set up a profile and create a Mii character. It will then track your physical progress while you're using the Wii. You can also add activities you do away from of the Wii for tracking.

A personal instructor or trainer provides assistance with yoga and strength training. The Wii gives steps and directions as well as to assesses your progress. The goal is to encourage you be physically active. Follow the instructor and track the how many reps you do or how much time you spend for each exercise. Of course, nothing can ever replace a real human instructor but for those who can't use a fitness guru it provides guidance and structure you may need to follow a program. Other aspects include aerobics and balance games along with a series of mini-games. The Wii Fit is used everywhere from rehabilitation centers to assisted living and senior centers.

The release of the Kinect for the XBOX started the fitness revolution for XBOX gamers who may have been too sedentary. One of the most popular fitness game programs to come out for the XBOX is the Zumba fitness system. This system uses a combination of the Kinect's ability to track the user's movements combined with Zumba's dance routines which enable you to track and evaluate your activity. Other fitness game programs for the Nike Kinect Training, XBOX include Your Shape, and many more.

The use of video game consoles for fitness has brought several advantages and benefits:

  • They provide fixed and structured programs to follow -- no second-guessing is needed on what kind of exercise is next
  • The programs are able to track your activity
  • The program enables you to see visual feedback for your movements and the quality of exercises you're doing
  • You can do your workouts privately in the comfort of your own home
  • It provides you with many options to set fitness goals, define you preferences and find the right program for you

Speaking of programs, there are also several fitness programs for you to consider and choose from: The Biggest Loser for Wii, Gold's Gym Dance Workout, EA Sports Active, My Fitness Coach, and Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum are a few options. XBOX users can choose from Nike + Kinect Training, Your Shape Fitness Evolved, UFC Personal Trainer, and Dance Central. The choices for workout and exercise are endless. Best of all, exercise can be really fun instead of being an arduous chore in an effort to slim down.

If you're looking to start a fitness regimen but cannot hit the right gym, then these video games and consoles (Wii and XBOX) are something you may want to check out. If you have children or a gamer in your household then chances are you already have one of the game consoles in your home and it's just awaiting you to turn the power on for your fitness goals.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Fitness Gadgets can be a Key Part of any Fitness Program

Fitness Gadgets can be a Key Part of any Fitness Program

For those of us who are really trying very hard to lose weight and have a fitter body, they may try several different exercises and other activities and programs. Many people try and struggle to shed several pounds and get back into fantastic great shape. Finding the right options in fitness gadgets may be all that is really necessary to arrive at the desired results.

Pedometers are the first things you may think when the word "fitness gadget" comes to mind. But thanks to advanced technology, there are now a variety of fitness gadgets available and they can do a lot of things other than just only keep track of your steps. Most of the devices today are worn around the wrist like a bracelet or a wrist watch, or worn easily around the neck. Most of these wearable fitness gadgets are reasonably-priced too.

1. Fitbit Ultra - This device helps you monitor your fitness physical activity. It keeps track of the number of foot steps you take each and every day you use it for monitoring and also the amount of calories you burn. In addition, Fitbit Ultra will even help you track how much of a truly relaxing sleep you get every night.

Included in this device is a website member account that very cooly also synchronizes with the Fitbit device as well as it is compatible with other various types of mobile applications if you need integraton. If you are doing more than just one standard physical activity, the truly cooly Fitbit Ultra would be the ideal device for you in your fitness program. This magical device costs just under a minimal $100.

2. The Basis Band - This device is worn around the wrist, like a watch. It measures several things such as temperature of your body, the all important galvanic skin response and of course the standard heart rate. You can also upload all of the information -- calories burned, body temperature, number hours slept, etc. -- to the cloud storage so that you can access them from any computer or mobile device. Since you know that gathering data is not enough and the only option required, the Basis Band provides you an insight into your daily activities so you can understand how your every day activity affects your health and wellness. The cool little device runs about $200.

3. The nifty Motorola MotoActv is perfect for very active people such as avid runners. This GPS-enabled device is also equipped with an 8-GB MP3 music player. You can in a very interesting way learn how the types and kinds of music you listen to affects and impacts your running by tracking how your leg strides per minute is affected by and changes based on the song you play. It has a screen which displays the number of steps your feet have taken during your workout, as well as the amount of calories you burn each date as well as the date. This device is quite easy to set up and definitely includes apps for both Mac and PC. It costs around $250.

4. Valencell's PerformTek ear buds are quite unlike the other wearable fitness gadgets. They work like any other earphones or headsets which allow you to listen to music while doing your workout. But unlike the usual earphones, Valencell's PerformTek ear buds also simultaneously keep track of your heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, distance and time traveled, strides taken and much more. This amazing gadget will work with any MP3 players and smartphones. Prices range from $149.95 to $199.

5. The Striiv gadget, which costs around $99, works similarly like a pedometer but there's so much more than that. In fact, one could almost considered it as your personal trainer which fits to your pocket. This gadget does more than just measuring your steps you take, it also provides some encouragment for you to keep going in your workout by providing you challenges as well as playing games during your rigorous physical activity.

Losing weight is a challenge and you need all the help you can get. Presented here are a few technology and gadget options to help in tracking and supporting your fitness program. New technology options are emerging every day with the advancement of both medecine and technology.

Make any of these wonderful fitness gadgets as part of your slimming-down program. These specialized devices will help you understand and analyze how your habits and physical activity directly influences your overall health. Choose one that works best for you and your body and it will help keep your fitness goals.

Generate Energy from Fitness Activity – Its a Reality

Generate Energy from Fitness Activity – Its a Reality

Nothing like a morning jog around the park or happy mountain hiking can also enable you to derive power to re-charge your devices like your smartphone or laptop. Sounds impossible? Actually, you can!

Thanks to modern technology, you can re-charge the batteries of your devices everywhere, anytime you go. There are now fitness gadgets-cum-portable devices that support this "green" actiity eneregy concept of re-charging your mobile gadgets. Through these very smart and innovative fitness alternative energy devices, you produce the energy through your own movements like walking and running. In turn these innovative gadgets will convert the kinetic activity energy into usable power that will magically re-charge your mobile devices such as your smartphone, that shiny tablet, or even your all important laptop. Of course all this depends on the amount of power collected while your working out.

We explore some of these really interesting, fascinating and innovative alternative energy devices that will also get you into shape at the same time:

1. nPower PEG

Cleveland, Ohio-based compnay Tremont Electric came up with this really clever device nPower PEG (personal energy generator). The company also makes and markets other "green" energy devices as well.

The nPower PEG consists of a nine-inch cylinder which also feels light to handle as it weighs only over a pound. nPower PEG's capacity is empowered by a 2000 mAh lithium polymer battery. This device collects all the power from kinetic energy while you're walking, running, jogging, hiking hills, or working hard biking. So how much power does nPEG provide to your mobile phones and tablets? Well, the answer is it really depends on YOU and how active YOU are and how much energy you send to the rod-shaped "green" powerbank, as well as what kind of gadget you're going to re-charge with that power.

For instance, if you do a fitness walk carrying the nPower PEG for about a minute, then it would provide one minute of re-charging your gadget like an iPad Nano to full capacity. On the other hand, other devices such as a smartphone or tablet will definitely require more energy to re-charge, so you will need more exercise to fill up the poer of your nPower PEG. An iPhone requires about 11 minutes of solid walking to generate about one minute of re-charging for your phone. The unit also comes with a nifty USB cord.

2. Bionic Power

Bionic Power (such a great name!) is a company out of British Columbia, Canada, invents its similarly-named device. Bionic Power (the device, that is) is extremely ideal for your very rigorous activities, and is specifically designed for usage by people whose occupation always or often requires them to work on the field. Reporters and mountain rangers could benefit greatly from going out and about with this device. Battle soldiers may find carrying clunky batteries too bothersome will also find many advantges of using the Bionic Power.

Bionic Power consists of a set of braces (yep very much just like the athletic knee braces) that are strapped on to your legs. The amount of energy derived really does depend on the torque generated from the knees. Like the nPower PEG, how much power will you draw from the Bionic Power device also depends completely on the intensity of your work out activity. Let's say you walk at a nice and leisurely pace, which provides energy enough to possibly re-charge 4 mobile handsets. The beauty of Bionic Power device is that not only it does adapt to the user's speed, it also adjusts to the various types of work out terrain he or she is striding on. For example to consider, if you walk on a nice downward slope such a hill at a good solid vigorous pace, the amount of generated energy is likely to be significantly increased quickly.

3. Lightning Packs

Lightning Packs is one of the more recent of these wonderful innovations from the Pennsylvania based company you probably haven’t heard of called Lightning Packs, LLC. The company designs and manufactures backpacks that derive energy from activities like walking, running, jogging and hill hiking. Not only does Lightning Packs draw energy from your movements to re-charge your gadgets, it also provides you some ergonomic benefits such as significantly reduced impact and joint stress.

The backpack's frame absorbs energy from your motions like walking or running. It is said that the device doesn't carry a whole lot of battery -- only over seven watts in fact -- but that's enough to provide power to such diverse devices as goggles, flashlights, MP3 players, or even something like a GSM-enabled mobile phone. The frames themselves weigh about 10 pounds, and the company's researchers who developed this innovative backpack have announced that they will be working on a lighter version. This bag is particularly ideal for mountain rangers, mountaineers, avid hikers and even people like rescue workers.

We all produce energy as we move and we produce energy in greater abundance when we are active and working to be fit. Its a natural extension to try and capture that energy for usage for purposes beyond just being active. These extremely innovative alternative energy devices not only enable you to go green in life, but they will also inspire you to start getting into shape and embrace an active, green and very healthy lifestyle.