Think technology and the great outdoors don’t go together? Think again. No matter your age, fitness level or mobility, there’s a gadget out there to help you make the most of recreation. While the gym offers many perks including socialization via classes and state of the art equipment, nothing compares to fresh air and discovery (or re-discovering) the trails, streets and promenades right outside your door.
However, there are also endless excuses to avoid going outside. Maybe it’s the weather, uneven trails or you’re worried about safety and risks. Here are a few of the top gadgets to help you get outside, improve your fitness and appreciate your unique surroundings.
1. Outdoor rollator
Designed for maximum mobility outdoors, an outdoor-friendly rollator helps those with mobility concerns regain their confidence, balance and agility to take on well maintained trails and streets. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, have a chronic disorder or simply struggle with mobility, that’s no reason to feel stuck with the same indoor routines time after time.
2. Nike+ FuelBand
One of the things people love most about the gym are the trackers telling you calories burned, time spent and your heart rate. However, these machine trackers are notoriously inaccurate so don’t rely solely on them for the right information. Instead, pick up a Nike+ FuelBand to customize the settings and see what kind of workout you’re really getting.
3. FOX Travel Mace
No matter who you are, working out outdoors can pose a safety risk. Always carry a travel-sized bottle of FOX mace (it’s what’s recommended by police and survivalists) and make sure you test the spray capability first. However, carrying it isn’t enough. Ensure that it’s always at your fingertips in case you’re taken by surprise.
4. Berghaus Limited 10+ Backpack
Designed for trail running, this lightweight yet durable backpack is small and created to perfectly hug your shoulders and back (reducing the risk of chafing). It’s expandable for those mega trail runs and offers plenty of waterproof pockets to hold your running goodies from your blister sticks to sunglasses. If you’re training for a marathon or an even longer event, the right backpack is a must.
What’s keeping you from the great outdoors? Identify your obstacles and there’s a gadget or tool that’s created just to fill that disparity. No gym equipment can compare to the “gym” that’s right outside, so make sure you’re taking advantage of it.