You’re probably wondering what fitness gadgets and superheroes have in common. One of the best things about reading books and comics is the sense of total admiration you feel for the characters. When characters work hard towards a goal, they can inspire you to work hard as well. Reading Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small quartet is a sure-fire way to get amped up about growing stronger every day, and reading comics where average Joes train to become the strongest heroes on the block can be better motivation to hit the gym than your home scale. So, if one of your literary heroes have recently inspired you to train hard and become physically fit, here’s some must-have gear for you.
Superhero Level Fitness Gadgets for 2019
Heart Rate Monitors
There’s a reason the Fitbit became an overnight sensation. Heart rate monitors have become a workout staple, and once you start using them, you won’t want to go without. These days, they not only track your heart rate—allowing you to keep yourself in your target heart rate zone to optimize cardiovascular health—but the majority of them also help you keep fitness goals and even sync with your smartphone to keep you on track day by day and week by week. All The Stuff has a comprehensive guide on the best heart rate monitors currently on the market, so you can pick one that will work best for your lifestyle.
Keladry of Mindelan worked day in and day out getting her body fit enough that she could become a knight. But if you don’t live in the realm of Tortall, you probably can’t dedicate 24 hours a day to getting your body in top shape. Under-the-desk peddlers help bridge the gap between your life and the life of your favorite literary character, allowing you to get some exercise in even when you’re stuck working long hours at the office. These are a must-have workout gadget for any exercise fanatic who works a sedentary desk job.
Think video games can’t put you on the fast track to a strong body? Think again. The PlayStation VR is the next big thing in getting in a powerful workout every day that you can feel good about. Games like Fruit Ninja VR and Beat Saber will have you working up a sweat in no time. Even better, you can really feel like you’re training to use a sword—or saber—in these games, making them all the fun of training to be a hero with none of the violent bloodshed.
Scales are a pretty standard piece of workout gear, but you haven’t lived until you’ve tried a smart scale. Smart scales don’t just look at your weight: They also consider more relevant measures of overall health, including your BMI, your muscle mass, your water retention, and your standing heart rate. Many of them can also connect to the same phone apps your heart rate monitors connect to, allowing you to get a read on your overall health between devices.
A workout is only as good as its cool-down. Stretching and basic cool-down practices are great, but having massage gear in your home to work all the kinks out of your body is better. Today’s massage chairs look significantly less gaudy than they used to, and they work significantly better as well. Getting a massage chair in your home will allow you to work out like a hero and then relax like a king.
If you’ve never heard of Fitness Genes before, we’re about to blow your mind. Fitness Genes is a company that creates individually-tailored training plans for people based on their DNA. All you have to do is send them a sample of your spit, and they’ll create a specific fitness and nutrition plan for you tailored to your specific genetic makeup. And while technically the gadget here is a DNA collection kit, and the rest of it is online, we’re still counting it because of the utter cool-factor involved.
Part of getting in a great workout each day is getting enough water to fuel your workout. Smart cups sync up with your phones. You can determine how much water you need to drink each day based on your unique profile, and then the smart cup will help keep you on track throughout the day, helping you reach your goal every time.
Training to be as strong as a legendary hero from your favorite book is no easy feat, but with today’s technology, it’s a little easier than it used to be. These gadgets will help put you on the fast-track to become your own kind of hero. If you’re looking for more healthy tips or ways to stay on track, subscribe so you never miss a post!