High-tech travel companions can help you stay fit and calm away from home.
From the hectic schedules to the late-night dinners with associates and clients, business travel can wreak havoc on diet regimens, exercise routines and even sleep patterns. But help for the traveler is here with some easy-to-use gadgets to keep you on track with your fitness goals – maybe even helping you to sprint to that next flight.
The Tumi Travel Fitness Trainer ($165) means that music and monitors stream from one device, something like having a fitness coach in your ear.
The device, which can be clipped onto a belt, worn on the arm or strung around the neck, keeps track of your performance and provides feedback. Loaded with a digital pedometer with 3-D motion analysis, a heart-rate monitor and a stopwatch, the fitness trainer also includes an FM radio and an mp3 player that can store up to 4 GB of music. The device logs and displays your workout information, such as distance covered and calories burned. Another option is to turn on the voice mode to hear this same data through the ear buds, included in the package. The Tumi Travel Fitness Trainer comes with a USB charging cord and Windows-based HeartPal software for storing your workout information on your computer and tracking your progress.
For the serious runner or exercise enthusiast, the Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS Sports Watch ($249) offers performance information on the four-quadrant LCD display and with audio/visual alerts that you can customize. In addition to measuring speed, distance, altitude and calories burned, this high-tech sports watch features a heart-rate monitor that works with an optional chest strap and is compatible with other ANT+ wireless accessories. An added benefit of this sports watch – you won’t get lost running the streets of a strange city. The Global Trainer is Timex’s first sports watch to feature GPS technology, allowing you to track your current location, set and manage waypoints and save workout routes. When you have finished the run or walk, you can link the Global Trainer to your computer and keep an online training log along with analysis. This is compatible with both Windows and Mac.
After long or overnight flights to reach your business destinations, getting enough sleep is a priority. Since rest is often elusive after you have zoomed across several time zones, the Sharper Image’s Travel Sound Machine ($90) may lull you into dreamland. This lightweight device plays 18 soothing sounds, from bamboo chimes to ocean surf, that will help you drift off after a busy day, even in a noisy hotel. And you’ll never feel far from home, thanks to a dual clock that displays the time in your base city in addition to your current locale. The Travel Sound Machine also has a built-in voice memo feature so you can record your own wake-up message or store the brilliant idea that comes to you in the middle of the night.
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