Ashwin Rajagopalan lists five high-tech fitness aids you need to stay in shape
Sometimes it’s those frenetic schedules, and at others it’s incessant travel that disrupts our fitness regimen. But it sure helps if we have the right gear to spur us on. A fitness tracker that captures our every move or a pair of runners that you can toss into the suitcase or a brilliant bike for that early-morning ride – let’s round up some of the best fitness accessories money can buy.
Wear your well-being
Imagine a workout tee with a mind of its own. Smart clothing has transitioned from work in progress to products you can use. Polo Ralph Lauren’s PoloTech Shirt transforms an everyday tee into a formidable fitness accessory. This futuristic tee is embedded with silver fibres and a detachable Bluetooth box with live biometrics and adaptive workouts.
Heart-rate monitoring system My Zone has demonstrated how sports bras have made the transition to smart clothes. Their sports bras come with a companion app that can sync with smartphones, smartwatches and gym screens, delivering key fitness data. The PoloTech Shirt priced at Rs 20,000 and sports bra at Rs 5,000 (approx), are available at ralphlauren.com and buy.myzone.org, respectively
The smarter watch: The Apple Watch 2 Nike + edition is probably the Apple watch that fitness fanatics have been waiting for. Apple teams up with Nike and the result is a brilliant blend of design and serious fitness creds. It’s waterproof, so you can clock those laps in the pool, and has built-in GPS to track your pace, distance and route even if you leave your iPhone at home. The improved bright screen also makes the display crystal clear.
The watch is priced at Rs 25,000 (approx) and can be bought from apple.com
Hit the road: Nike’s all-new Lunar Epic Flyknit features a fluidic design with a precision-lasered “Lunarlon” midsole for a perfectly smooth ride. The pressure-mapped outsole provides targeted cushioning. It’s not just designed to be the perfect walking shoe on your global travels, its spiffy design (both the women’s and men’s versions) allows it to double as a fashion accessory as well.
The Lunar Epic Flyknit is priced at Rs 12,000 (approx) and is available at nike.com
Track every move: Fitbit has revolutionised the way the world tracks fitness. The Fitbit Blaze is a big jump for the Fitbit ecosystem, as it elevates the fitness tracker into a capable smartwatch. The Blaze combines all the things we love about Fitbit with a gorgeous design (including a range of customisable straps). The killer feature, however, is its five-day battery life, which gives it a discernible edge over other smartwatches.
The Blaze is priced at Rs 19,999 (approx) and is available at fitbitcom/ in
The morning ride: The Cannondale CAAD8 claims to turn riders into serious cyclists. With a light frame and the perfect “heads-up” race geometry, it is an ideal road-bike purchase. The Schwinn Super Sport 3 is among the best women’s bikes for beginners. It features a triple-butted aluminium frame and steel fork for a smooth ride, and a 21-speed drivetrain for easy shifting.
The Cannondale CAAD8 is priced at Rs 63,000 (approx) and the Schwinn Super Sport 3 at Rs 25,800 (approx). They are available at trackandtrail. in