Getting fit with your iPhone
It seems that the new models of cell phones can do just about anything, from helping you surf the web, to playing your favorite music. Apple’s latest iPhone has a new program can even monitor your heart rate.
The fitness applications can keep track of your workout to help you meet your exercise goals. A technology company called ITMP came out with the applications that you can download to your iPhone or iPod Touch. It is free for a limited time.
Many iPhone and iPod Touch users bring their devices to the gym to stimulate their workouts with their favorite songs. Now as they’re pumping iron, they can also use the devices as a heart rate monitor and fitness tracking system.
Ross Hardin spends a lot of time at the gym, so he decided to try the programs. “It will pick up your heart rate, calories burned, fat loss, fat calorie percentage, everything so you can get very specific, log all your information, it picks it up from the tread mills or the bikes that you’re on, logs it for you, all month long you can know exactly what you’ve done for your goals.”
If you’re interested, you’ll need three items. First you need to buy SMHEART link, a small wireless device that transfers your heart rate onto your iPhone, which costs about 150 dollars.
You will have to download any of four fitness applications from the Apple store; all free for now.
Last, you need a heart rate monitor or a cycling computer.
SMHEART link works as a wireless bridge between the heart monitor and the iPhone. The apps log your workouts so you can see your progress. If you’re not sure you want to buy the SMHEART link, you can download the apps and watch a simulation to see if they would benefit your workout.
Kelly McSwain likes to listen to music on her iPod Touch while she exercises. She likes the idea of doubling it as a heart rate monitor. “I would be very interested in it. I usually come in and have very intense workouts and I do like to know that my heart rate is up and I’m burning enough calories and sweating and having a good workout.”
If you don’t belong to a gym, you can still use the programs for out doors walking or jogging. And you might even want to make a phone call….
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