Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Just in time for the new year: My fitness wishlist

I really have everything I need to be fit: A gym membership, my iPhone 4S, lots of workout clothes, my running shoes, swimsuits, and, when the weather gets warmer, my bike.  Still, I'm daydreaming about a few things that might help me achieve my goals. These are all in the nice-to-have-but-not-essential category:

Lose It! Premium ($39.99)

I have been using Lose It! for a while now, and would love to give the premium version a spin. I haven't been able to find out a lot of information yet, but the premium version offers meal tracking, new goals, and integration with a lot of popular fitness gadgets. I haven't bit the bullet yet, just because I'd like to see a review or get a trial to make sure I'd really use the new features.

Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor ($62.37)

I have a Polar heart rate monitor but I barely use any of the features because it's too difficult to set the heart rate target training zone or readjust things like my weight and age. I was just thinking that it would be easier to have a strap that could send to an app on my iPhone, did a search, and found this. I will probably buy something like this if and when my current HRM gives up the ghost.

Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker ($99.95)

Believe it or not, I'm just as interested in the sleep tracker as in the activity tracker, which is why I'd like the One and not the Zip.  I know that several other bloggers, including Shauna, use the FitBit and like it, and I have heard great reviews of it on Fat2Fit Radio.I am a little afraid of spending $100 on something that is so easily lost, but I think having a step counter like this could motivate me to get up off my butt a little more.
 Withings WiFi Body Scale ($159.00)

I have a Tanita body-fat scale that I got when I was 39. I know this because that's how old it still thinks I am. It works fine, and is probably just as accurate as any body-fat scale can be. But it isn't cool and wi-fi integrated, like this one is. This is definitely low on the priority list but it just seems like a cool thing to have.

Anything I've missed? I am not really much of a gadget girl, so something has to seem really innovative and useful to get my attention.


  1. I think of you as THE systems/gadget girl, so it was interesting to read that you do not think of yourself that way.

    1. Interesting! I may have to pay attention and see how much I am using gadgets and talking about tech -- maybe I'm not seeing myself accurately.

  2. I have the fitbit and I like it. I hope to acquire the wifi scale in about 2 months or so.

  3. Nice wishlist, but I would better recommend you another great sensor - Beets BLU Heart Rate Monitor!
    I am using it for 2 months, it's the same as polar, but a little cheaper and has really more comfortable strap

  4. I have no idea what the fit bit does, but I've heard about it from Shauna, Jill, and you, so I guess I better go investigate. A scale with wifi? Crazy! Funny about your scale thinking you're still 39. Don't ever get rid of that one!

    I don't have a desire for any gadgets other than my Garmin running watch, which is now 5 years old and still tickin'.

    Happy new year!


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07