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Ever wonder if those little fitness gadgets are all they’re cracked up to be?

There’s a lot of them out there, and not all of them work the way they promise. But some of them do.

Today my good friend and fellow blogger Maria Rainier is honouring us with a guest post where she’s going to give us some cool details about a couple of nifty little fitness gadgets she’s found out there in her fitness travels that could help YOU with realizing your fitness and weight loss goals.

Thanks Maria.



Two of the biggest problems behind insufficient exercise are lack of information and lack of motivation.

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If you feel clueless when it comes to gathering detailed information about your daily diet and exercise habits or just can’t seem to muster the willpower to exercise consistently, these gadgets might help you out.

Try out the Gruve to help you gather accurate information about your body’s daily functions or grab a WiFi Body Scale to step up the motivation factor. If you’re equally stumped in both areas, use these two gadgets in tandem to get a holistic health upgrade.

The Gruve from Muve

Get ready to set weight loss goals, collect detailed information about the number of calories you burn each day, and watch your daily progress as you get closer to your ideal healthy weight.

If you’re already sitting pretty at the perfect weight, the Gruve will help you maintain it with detailed feedback of your daily calorie expenditure.

The Gruve is a small device that can be clipped onto your clothing every morning.Gruve

An omnidirectional accelerometer keeps track of your movements and measures the number of calories you burn, no matter what you’re doing.

But beyond simply tracking the number of calories you burn, the Gruve gives instant feedback: it’s equipped to let you know if you’ve been sitting in a sedentary position for too long, and it uses colored lights to tell you how close you are to your daily calorie-burning goal.

The Gruve is based on the principle of Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT), encouraging those of us who live a primarily sedentary lifestyle to punctuate our days in the office with trips up and down the stairs or walks during breaks.

Scientific research shows that the lack of NEAT in the typical American lifestyle is a strong contributor to the obesity epidemic.

So how does the Gruve help?

It will light up and buzz if you’ve been sedentary for too long, letting you know exactly when you should be moving throughout the day to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

The Gruve also has five “zones” to represent the number of calories you burn each day.

You start the morning in the red zone, meaning that you haven’t burned any calories since waking up, and this is represented by a red light on your Gruve device.

As you progress through the day, the color of the light will change to orange, yellow, blue, and finally green if you reach your ideal number of calories burned for the day.

You can even chart your progress with Muve’s online Gruve interface, which can import your daily values to create a colored bar graph that corresponds to the zone colors you achieved for each day.

With the Gruve’s constant feedback, you’ll have all the information you need to get moving toward a healthier weight.

For approximately $120, you can get the Mac and PC-friendly Gruve device with a standard micro USB cable, six-month warranty, and one-month subscription to the Muve network.

The WiFi Body Scale from Withings

For many people, facing the scale can be upsetting, but imagine what it would be like to triumph over that number and reduce it to your ideal weight.WiFi Body Scale

Wouldn’t you want to tell the world?

You can with the Withings WiFi Body Scale, which is capable of immediately sending your weight and other information to devices like your iPhone and computer via a built-in wireless connection.

This scale can even automatically tweet your weight for the day as soon as you’ve measured it.

Even if you don’t want to let everyone know with a tweet when you’ve lost five pounds, you can use the WiFi Body Scale to simply track your weight over time on your favorite electronic device.

Daily measurements can be sent to any device with Internet access, and you can use the WiFi Body Scale interface to chart your progress and compare your actual to ideal measurements.

You can order a Withings WiFi Body Scale for approximately $145.


Wow, thanks Maria. That’s interesting stuff. I’ll bet a lot of us are gonna get ourselves these cool and helpful little gadgets now that you’ve filled us in on how helpful they can be to help us gather the right information, keep on top of our progress and stay motivated! Cheers!


Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.


Have a fit, fun and fantastic day.

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