NEW YORK (CBS 2) — ‘Tis the season for giving and feasting, so how does one give away some of those pounds we gain over the holidays?
CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu has more on the latest high-tech toys to help you get fit, and they’re for children of all ages.
Aly Rubin and her mother were sweating it out with the EA Sports Active 2, with monitors on the leg and arm to track your heart rate, and a trainer to run you through countless exercises.
“I’m exhausted, but it’s nice to know that my daughter’s getting good exercise, she’s running around,” Linda Rubin said.
Another gift that’s hot when it’s cold outside is Nickelodeon’s Wii Fit for Kids.
“You can do this stuff while you’re hanging out with your family,” 10-year-old Alexis Arnold said.
“It’s fun, it helps your body a lot,” Aly Rubin, 9, said.
Julie Sylvester likes the Body Media Fit, an armband you can wear day and night. It tracks everything from calories burned to how much sleep you get using Bluetooth technology.
“You can set a goal weight, and it’ll tell you how many days it’ll take you to get there,” Sylvester, of Living in Digital Times, said.
Digital expert Robin Raskin said there are also tons of free applications for your smart phone, from calorie counters to programs that will measure your physical activity throughout the day.
“It does it using two things, a GPS and an accelerometer, which measures your velocity,” Raskin said.
Raskin’s favorite free fitness apps are Lose It, My Fitness Pal and My Cardio Trainer.
“All you really have to do is go to The Marketplace on the Android, or the iTunes Store for Apple, and just type in ‘health,’” Raskin said.
If you love to dance, there’s Zumba Fitness, which will give you a good workout, and you’ll burn lots of calories – whether it’s from dancing or just laughing.
There are high tech fitness programs to fit every budget. Experts say the key is to find the one you’ll actually like enough to stick with the exercise program.