By Edwin Exaus
Crushing your next workout may not be just about the physical aspect — accessories are proving important, too. With a vast market of gidgets and gadgets, there are a select few that enhance the overall performance of any rigorous workout. The ultimate goal when hitting a regimen is to work smarter and not harder. So try an accessory that can do more than just monitor your heart and count total calories lost.
Nixon The Mission
$400.00 ($450.00 for customized), Nixon.com
An ideal watch for aquatic fitness training or cold-weather workouts, The Mission is built to withstand almost any climate. Through Google’s Android Wear™ smartwatch platform, Google apps such as maps, fit, weather and music are now available on your wrist.
Urban Ears Hellas
Cut the cord and get a pair of headphones that can keep up with all of your daily activities. Designed with a washable headband and earphone cushions, you don’t have to worry about these headphones staying soaked with sweat. When fully charged, they offer a 14-hour extended battery life.
Hidrate Spark 2.0
The average person needs to consume about two to three liters of water each day, but keeping track can get a little confusing — that is why the Hidrate Spark 2.0 does it for you. A sensor in the bottle records how many ounces of water you are drinking and syncs the results to an app via Bluetooth.
Jawbone UP MOVE™
Clip it to your waistband and go! The Up Move is not only an activity tracker that monitors your steps, calories burned and pace, but also a sleep tracker to help you feel refreshed in the morning.
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor
This monitor is the quickest and easiest way to check your blood pressure. Wrap it around your arm, tap it on and launch the app on your smartphone to see the results.
Sensoria Fitness Sock and Anklet
A runner’s dream, the Sensoria fitness sock offers accuracy in speed, distance tracking, altitude and foot landing techniques. This sock can help identify injury-prone running styles through a mobile app and train the user using real-time audio.