9 Weight Loss Bloggers’ Favorite Fitness Gadget

February 12, 2009 · 17 comments

While weight loss should truly be as simple as eating less and exercising more that doesn’t mean we don’t need help from technology. I have a number of different gadgets that I use in my weight loss journey such as a digital bathroom scale, a heart rate monitor and a Sansa Clip MP3 player.

I thought it would be interesting to hear from other weight loss bloggers what fitness gadgets they use in their journey, so I asked a handful of bloggers from my blogroll “What is your favorite fitness gadget and why?”

You will notice that my definition of “gadget” is very liberal and that there was a wide variety of responses. In fact, no two respondents reported the same favorite gadget!

Here is what they had to say:

Tony from The Anti-Jared: “Hmmm, for me, I would say that it is my Southwing bluetooth headphones. Great sound, I am able to use my phone in case someone calls, and the battery life is like two weeks.”

Roni from Roni’s Weigh: “This is SO EASY! It has to be this… Nike + iPod Sport Kit - A Review. The Nike plus has totally motivated me to run. But not just to run, to run longer and faster! It tracks my mileage, allows me to join challenges and let me know when I beat my own time. Plus how can you beat those little handy dandy charts to visually represent your run. Oh and the best part… it’s around 30 bucks!”

JoLynn from The Fit Shack: “My favorite gadget is my treadmill. I love it because I can do my paced walking in my target heart rate zone non-stop for at least 30 minutes, as opposed to walking outside when I need to be aware of stop signs and such.”

JC from JCD Fitness: “My favorite fitness gadget is the BodyBugg. It is one of the first gadgets to accurately monitor energy expenditure and is relatively simple to use. The software provided is very easy to navigate and also provides a log to track your kcals. I personally really enjoyed checking out how many kcals I burned during regular activities such as grocery shopping, walking to class, riding my bike to work etc. Wearing the arm band can become a nuisance at times as it is a bit bulky, but for the time spent wearing it, you can really get a firm grasp on your maintenance level calories. I wore mine for a little longer than necessary because I tested many different schedules/workout plans and their effect on energy expenditure. For anyone who is unsure about their expenditure I think using the BodyBugg for a week or so would help you tremendously.”

Israel from Fat Man Unleashed: “My computer, because it connects me to the web and has allowed me to chronicle my weight loss journey which has had led to a major breakthrough in my weight loss. The support and motivation from the community doesn’t hurt either.”

Andrew from Andrew is Getting Fit: “My favourite fitness gadget has to be my Garmin 305. It tracks my runs - time, distance & heart rate. I use it in conjunction with Sporttracks software and it gives me my pretty maps. I love being able to log all the details about my runs. It really helps keep me motivated.”

Steve from Weight Loss Weapons: “My favorite fitness gadget right now is the strapless heartrate monitor sports watch by Mio. They sent me one to review back in November and I have been “testing” it for the past few months, I think it’s a pretty good product. It has a lot of features like multiple timers, tracks how many calories you are burning etc. When I am doing my outdoor running (on the days it has been nice anyway) I get my heartrate instantly (5 seconds or less) and I can stay in my optimal fat burning zone more or less. It’s a good check to make sure that I’m working hard enough and not wasting my time. I use it on the treadmill too. I’ve been using it during my P90X cardio workouts as well as a heartrate monitor is “required” for some of them, same thing just to make sure you are working hard enough. I’ve found it to be quite accurate too 7 beats is the most it has been off compared to checking my heartrate the old fashion fingers to the neck way. There are 5 different timer modes which is pretty cool and it doubles as a sports watch. You can get the one I am using for less than $100 some of the lower models are like $30-$50 so the prices aren’t too bad.”

Stephanie from Back in Skinny Jeans: “I think this is uber cool and am making one myself as we speak. One of my girl friends showed me this. At Snapfish they have these “skins” you can put on your digital devices like cell, laptop, and mP3 players. For my iPod, I’m making a motivational skin either a “before” me picture like back in the skinny jeans :) or an inspiring quote to help keep me motivated while I’m working out because I ALWAYS workout with my iPod. The skin becomes a visual reminder to keep going and focused on my workouts. They have skins for practically all the mp3 players out there not just iPod so that is really cool!”

and last but certainly not least:

Shauna from The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl: “My favourite gadget is the Enell Sports Bra - When I discovered it in 2003 I almost wept for joy - for the first time I could run and jump without The Girls bouncing around. It’s an exercise essential for the busty lady.” (ed. note - I’m weeping for joy right now myself.)

What a unique list, thanks to everyone for sharing.

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AndrewE February 12, 2009 at 3:50 pm

With regards to that last one:

I’m so reminded of the Manzier or the Bro from Seinfeld! Fortunately I never went down that route!

Theantijared February 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I was a Chicken Finger away from a Manzier in 2008!

JoLynn Braley | The Fit Shack February 12, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Thanks for the include John, neat to read about what gets everyone else going, too - Rock ON with your own health & fitness journey!! :)

Greg February 13, 2009 at 7:01 am

Kramer Rules!

Nice list of fitness gadgets.

Levi February 13, 2009 at 8:38 am

My favorite fitness gadget would have to be the bicycle. Not only is it a fun way to get in shape, you can put tons of other cool gadgets on it - heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, speedometer, power meter, GPS unit, barometer, etc.

Charlie Hills February 13, 2009 at 9:18 am

I was cut from John’s list since I don’t have a gadget, but that’s okay too! I like the fact that I can just go for a walk any time I want and not have to think, “Dang it, I left my stupid PodPack+uPhone 290 in the car.” I actually enjoy a gadget-free experience, considering the rest of my life is surrounded by nothing but gadgets.

Sorry to leave you on the cutting room floor Charlie! Nothing wrong with being a Luddite.

Ms. Hodge February 17, 2009 at 1:20 am

I completely agree with you about the heart rate monitor and the mp3 player! I love putting on some good workout music and zoning out while exercising. It makes the time pass quickly, too!

Mary - A Merry Life February 18, 2009 at 9:15 am

Aw, 9 bloggers. I guess thats what I get for not e-mailing back immediately! :( Lol.

teresa February 18, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I am so with JC and Shauna. I love the bodybugg because it really has helped me understand how much energy I expend doing various thing and the interface between that and my food log has made tracking my food a lot more fun (I hate to keep track of what I eat).

And, I wouldn’t be able to exercise without Enel. The girls are just too big and have a mind of their own. Enel helps reign them in and has made all the difference to me in being able to exercise comfortably.

My other favorite gadget is my iPod shuffle. It’s small. It holds enough music, and it keeps me going!

Rebecca February 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I love this post! I guess mine has to be my new laptop. Now I can read/post anywhere in my house!

Robyn February 19, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Honestly, my favorite gadget is a small locket of my before and after photos. It reminds me of where I came from and my need to exercise in order to maintain my 150 pound weight loss. Reality bites.

Steve v4.7 February 19, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Great post John! Wish I had a favorite gadget, but I’m making every effort to focus… well… effort, and gadgets distract me. I do love them all though- but I also love cookies and pizza. That didn’t work out so well.

Tom Rooney February 20, 2009 at 9:10 am

Shoe leather and the iPod for me. Treadmill or outside during the warm weather.

Steve@weightlossweapons.com March 1, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Hey John thanks for the include. Roni has a great gadget with the Nike+ it does get you motivated to run.

I am surprised no one mentioned Wii Fit? I just got it last week for my wife and it’s really not a bad workout.


DR March 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm

My JumpStretch bands.

For when I can’t get to the gym, or I am traveling, or when the weather is too nice to workout indoors, or…well, you get the idea

Derek Bingham March 11, 2009 at 8:56 am

I would have to say it is everyone’s blogs who inspire me every day! Not only is it very informative to keep up to date with all the going on in fitness tech, but it is interactive and one heck of a resource.

My 2nd would be my MP3 player to get me moving and keep me up when the workouts get tough!

JJ May 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

My gadgets would be my Ipod Nano and Iwalk headset. It used to be my Philips disc player but it eventually went kaput after several long years.

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