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You want thingamabobs? Women’s Running has plenty for you! Take your fitness into the future with the newest running gadgets and gizmos.
If an iPod met a GPS watch, their offspring would be the MotoACTV. Barely bigger than a matchbook, this gadget can store up to 4,000 of your favorite workout tunes, while measuring the distance of your run thanks to satellite-based navigation. An interactive touch screen automatically adjusts to lighting conditions for easy reading indoors and out. The basic model comes with a wristband for hands-free listening. For $150 extra, you can invest in all the bells and whistles: a heart rate monitor, sports headphones, bike mount, cadence sensor and more. $250, motoactv.com.
Daily runs and workouts are great for your health—but what about the other 23 hours of the day? This band monitors your activity around the clock to provide a daily “FuelScore” based on your oxygen consumption, steps taken and calories burned. The screenless bracelet feeds information directly to your computer or phone with the touch of a button. Set a daily activity goal and watch the band’s tiny lights change colors as you reach your objective. $149, nike.com.
BodyMedia Fit Core Armband
It sees you when you’re sleeping; it knows when you’re awake. This lightweight armband may not leave presents by your replace, but it will help you stave off holiday weight gain. Sensors track daily physical activity, steps taken, calories burned and sleep logged. Enter your meals into the corresponding online Activity Manager and you’ll have all the information you need to shed pounds. $150, bodymedia.com.
Sportiiiis Heads Up Display
Take a page from Ethan Hunt’s spy book with sci- glasses straight out of Mission Impossible. The lightweight device works with your favorite pair of fitness sunnies to broadcast time, pace and distance right in front of your eyes. For an additional $50, the colored-light display will work with a heart rate monitor to help you stay in your target zone. Yellow means speed up, while flashing red means take it down a notch. $150, 4iiii.com.
Pear Square One
Is your training lacking direction? This tiny device provides all the guidance and motivation of a real-life running coach in a thumb-sized package. Custom workout plans by renowned coaches—including our very own Jenny Hadfield—take into account your age, gender, fitness level and goals. A wireless heart rate monitor and foot pod measure your distance and speed, while audio coaching keeps your workout on track. $250, pearsports.com.
More of a service than a widget, Inside Tracker relies on science to take the guesswork out of fueling. Not sure if you’re eating enough citrus fruits or too much red meat? Discover what your body craves at a cellular level. The program includes two blood tests to measure your nutrient deficiencies and surpluses, while the interactive website recommends targeted supplements and foods to help you improve your running performance from the inside out. $299, insidetracker.com.