Activ5 is a “tiny gym in your pocket”, available worldwide at Apple retail stores soon

Activ5 is a “tiny gym in your pocket”, available worldwide at Apple retail stores soon

One of the best ways to ensure that you’re going to keep up an exercise regime is to make sure that you can do that exercise anywhere. However, if you’re trying to build up muscle mass that can be difficult, as it’s not always possible to have a set of weights or machines at your location. Activ5 (starting at $139.90)  is a palm-sized strength training device that works with a coaching app to let you work out anywhere. 

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Do Smarter Genius Fit Band: A smarter way to track your fitness goals and sleep

Do Smarter Genius Fit Band: A smarter way to track your fitness goals and sleep

I love my Apple Watch Series 3, but I sometimes cringe when I think about how much I spent on it. There’s a way to track your fitness goals, monitor your sleep, set reminders and more with the Do Smarter Genius Fit Band, on sale this week for just $55. That’s 54% off the regular $120 price tag, and you can order one in black, red, or blue.

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Sinji Health Bracelet Fitness Tracker: iOS-compatible activity and sleep tracker for just $22

Sinji Health Bracelet Fitness Tracker: iOS-compatible activity and sleep tracker for just $22

Not everyone needs the power of an Apple Watch, and today we’ve got a killer deal on the Sinji Fitness Tracker for just $22. This dust and waterproof device is a minimalist device that works with a companion iOS app to keep track of everything you’re doing, and even gives you access to notifications from your iPhone.

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Belkin Sport-Fit Pro Armband for iPhone 7 Plus: Comfortable, but barely usable

Belkin Sport-Fit Pro Armband for iPhone 7 Plus: Comfortable, but barely usable

A while back I did a review of an armband for an Apple Watch...and when I mean armband, I mean something that's meant to be strapped to your upper arm. I thought it was a little odd -- I mean, first there's the fact that Apple Watches have a wristband, and second, an Apple Watch is kind of worthless unless there's an iPhone nearby (at least until Apple adds a cellular modem to it). Belkin's Sport-Fit Pro Armband (US$39.95) is a better idea, in theory giving sports-minded Apple fans a way to carry the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus while engaging in all sorts of athletic activity. As you'll find in this review, this accessory has a serious issue that makes use of your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus in a normal manner almost impossible.

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Tigra Trio fitness sensor measures cadence, steps, and heart rate

Tigra Trio fitness sensor measures cadence, steps, and heart rate

My business partner Dennis runs every day, and he is my motivation to get out every morning and take a long, fast walk. I've been doing this for 36 straight days so far, so it looks like I've developed a good habit that I'll keep. While my iPhone, Apple Watch, and Runkeeper app can tell me a lot, they don't provide good continuous information on my heart rate. That's why the Tigra Trio (US$99.99) caught my eye and will be a regular part of my daily exercise routine.

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A great Black Friday deal on the SITU smart food nutrition scale: 25% off

A great Black Friday deal on the SITU smart food nutrition scale: 25% off

One of my fellow bloggers at TUAW was Michael Grothaus, whom I also co-authored a number of books with. Michael had a great idea for a startup over the past few years and was able to bring his product to fruition. The SITU smart food nutrition scale works with a companion app on the iPad, weighing your food not only by grams and ounces, but by the calories and nutrients found in the ingredients. 

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Hydration made easy with WaterMinder for iOS

One of the big health tips that's been going around for the past few years is to drink more water. A surprising number of us go around in a slightly dehydrated state, which can cause a number of issues. Drinking more water can keep your stomach feeling full and keep you from snacking, help keep your skin more supple, prevent infections and kidney stones, and more. The problem is that it's hard to remember to keep drinking water. That's where WaterMinder for iOS (US$1.99) comes in handy.

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AWT Health Club: RunKeeper

AWT Health Club: RunKeeper

Other than a few stints over the years when I was training for and running 5Ks, I have never been a runner. I prefer to take the world at a slower pace with trail walks instead, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use what’s undeniably one of the best running apps on the market, RunKeeper (free, but with $39.99 in-app purchase for RunKeeper Elite and other IAPs for training plans). 

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AWT Health Club: Withings Blood Pressure Monitor

AWT Health Club: Withings Blood Pressure Monitor

This week for the AWT Health Club column we'll take a look at a vital piece of the overall cardiovascular health picture -- blood pressure. Since June of 2011 I have used a Withings Blood Pressure Monitor (US$129.95, affiliate link) to keep tabs on my blood pressure. My family has a history of high blood pressure, so the Blood Pressure Monitor and the companion Withings Health Mate app (free) have been a great way for me to capture my BP readings on a regular basis for almost four years now.

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AWT Health Club: Withings Smart Body Analyzer

AWT Health Club: Withings Smart Body Analyzer

How did the last week go for those of you who decided to take the challenge and start (or keep) tracking your health? For me, the week was kind of a wash; my Achilles tendon was hurting, which kept me from walking a lot. However, I still managed to get some walking in… Sadly, I was bad over the weekend and actually ended up 0.3 lb from last week…

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