There are many ways to track your overall health, but most focus heavily on physical markers like heart rate; this is helpful, for sure, but that doesn’t always tell you how your body is doing when you’re not actively working out. You can track what you eat and guess pretty well, but being able to quantify whether you’re burning fat or carbs and how your body responds to workouts can make a huge difference — enter Lumen, which aims to “hack your metabolism” to maximize your health.
After spending countless hours scouring the latest press releases, sitting through virtual embargoed showcases on new products, planning to be in Vegas, and once again having to attend virtually, we’ve found that the best-laid plans don’t always work out. Even so, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most innovative and exciting tech that came out of CES while trying to stay away from products that won’t ship or become available in 2022. So, without further ado, we present Gear Diary’s Best of CES 2022 Awards!
Smart scales continue to get more intelligent, and none is more advanced than the Withings Body Scan, which provides daily analysis and record of biomarkers associated with common health conditions. Not only can the Body Scan monitor segmental body composition, heart rate, and vascular age, it also provides measurements that will assess nerve activity and heart rhythm using a 6-lead ECG. With a tool like this in your arsenal, it has never been easier to take proactive control over your health!
Are you looking for a health wearable that tracks more than steps and heart rate and that doesn’t require being worn on your wrist? The Movano Ring may be just the ticket. Correlating all of the data points gathered, including heart rate, heart rate variability, respiration, temperature, blood oxygen, steps, and calories to one another, allows the Movano Ring to give a more impactful level of understanding of how women’s daily activity affects their health.
Whether your idea of exercise is a daily walk to the park, running along wilderness trails in rural areas, training for a marathon, or readying yourself for a daring climb to the top of a far-away mountain, the Polar Grit X Pro and the Polar Grit X Pro Titan are ready for your next adventure. The Polar Grit X Pro series offers military-grade durability and ultra-long battery life while giving you extensive training, recovery, sleep, and navigation features designed to help an outdoor enthusiast handle nearly any environment.
Sportneer impressed us greatly when they sent over their massage guns for us to review, and I’m so glad I had them on hand for the aftermath of this review. They followed up by sending the Sportneer Half Balance Ball, and it’s inspired my trainer to come up with new and interesting ways to torture train me.
A few years ago, I purchased an exercise bike with a small desk large enough for a laptop. The exercise bike was uncomfortable, and the desk surface was too small; I never liked it enough to use it regularly. Recently, I’ve been trying out the Flexispot Sit2Go 2-in-1 Fitness Chair. The Sit2Go is a desk chair and exercise bike combination that works with your current standing desk; it’s turned out to be an excellent option for staying active even as I sit writing!
We cover many permutations of massage guns here at Gear Diary. I often get asked what makes one stand out from another. It’s not always bells and whistles; rather, it’s about making a solid and easy-to-use device that brings relief. Sportneer has nailed that with their massage guns. Today, we’re looking specifically at the Sportneer Mini 2 and the Sportneer Elite D9 massage guns.
We test a lot of earbuds around here. We also test a lot of fitness equipment. In a slightly strange crossover, we’re taking a look today at the Amazfit PowerBuds Pro, which combines quality headphones with fitness tracking. Are these the ultimate in workout headphones? Let’s dive in and find out!
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Likewise, you shouldn’t judge a massage gun by the initial impression. I was skeptical about the Addaday BioZoom Edge massage gun when I first unboxed it; the Edge was bulky and heavy compared to some of the more svelte massagers I’ve encountered in the past, and I didn’t think it would stack up given how large it was. That skepticism was before I gave it a full test run, though! Will Bluetooth and a powerful motor overcome the bulkiness? Read on to find out!
I’ve become a bit of an accidental expert in massaging recovery tools. I’ve reviewed a few massage guns as well as a vibrating massage ball, and today we’re taking a look at another massage gun, the addsfit Elite Massage Gun. This is a crowded market; does addsfit’s contribution stand out? Read on to find out more!
When my wife decided she would finally have knee surgery to repair her torn ACL and meniscus in early May, we knew it would be a while until she truly got back on her feet. But now that she’s been in physical therapy, there’s been only ONE shoe that she’s trusted through the process — Reebok’s Nano X1 cross-trainers.
When I was a lad, we had one-speed bikes with banana seats* and sometimes big high backrests, like the kiddie version of Zed’s chopper, Grace, that Butch makes off with in Pulp Fiction. Sure, there were 10-speeds and the standard 1-speeds that Schwinn was famous for. And…um…that was pretty much it. Not any longer, baby! Now you’ve got so many different types of bikes it makes my head spin! And now we have word that Trek has expanded its premium custom bike program, Project One ICON, with a brand-new paint scheme called “First Light.”
During the pandemic, I let myself go a little bit. With gyms closed, bikes on backorder, and a newborn, I found it very hard to do something as simple as exercise. But recently, I’ve been introduced to the WHOOP 3.0 Strap, and I feel like I’m finally getting this health thing right.
A Strava subscription has been a great way to keep me motivated during my journey of getting back in shape. 2020 was rough; I was working out regularly but wasn’t eating well. Unfortunately, it’s true that you can’t outrun a terrible diet. So paired with a proper eating regimen, Strava’s been my go-to tracking app for getting to a better me.
I am a big advocate for stretching, massage, and recovery as part of a good workout plan. I’ve tried regular foam rollers, vibrating foam rollers, heated foam rollers, and a few massage guns in the past. But the MyoSotrm Meteor 2.1 is definitely rolling in with an interesting twist in a very crowded market!
Amazfit is a company that offers smartwatches for just about everyone’s needs. If you want something fashion-forward, they have you covered. Slimmer and band-like? They’ve got that too. And if you’re looking for a smartwatch that could survive almost anything, they offer the Amazfit T-Rex Pro!
We reviewed a massage gun; then, we reviewed a heated foam roller. Now, we’re reviewing a fusion of both, the SKG F5 Massage Gun with heat! It’s a massage gun with a heater on one end, so you can pummel your muscles into submission, then apologize to them with a little warmth!
Recovery is a key part of getting in shape. It’s when your body is resting that your muscles rebuild stronger than before. That’s why massaging and foam rolling are so important, but ever try to lug a foam roller on a trip? They’re a little bulky for travel. The Vertiball Precision Massager is a portable way to massage sore muscles without taking up space in your suitcase that you needed for clean shirts! Do you need one? Read on to learn more!
Ask any personal trainer, and they’ll tell you the best item you can have in your home for recovery is a foam roller. There might be (there will be) moments where you’re cursing the demons who forged such a torturous item, but foam rolling is a big part of keeping your body healthy and happy after a hard workout. They can be as simple as a cylinder of foam, or they can be studded with textures to dig into each knot. The new MedRock HotRock Foam Roller brings the heat to the foam rolling experience!
Anyone who exercises regularly knows that recovery is a key part of improving. You can’t push forever; sometimes, your body needs to heal. Massages are great, but between covid and the cost, most people aren’t opting for weekly in-person massages, and massage chairs are a luxury suited for the Brookstone in your local mall, not necessarily your living room. Enter the Fishda Double Heads Massage Gun, which offers a way to pummel your muscles into submission without also destroying your wallet or disrupting your home decor!