With about 66% of Americans still working remotely at least part-time, staying healthy while working from home is an important concern. You can stay fit by improving your ergonomics, taking care of your eyes, and taking breaks to move around. Of course, another option is creating a custom smart home gym with all your favorite fitness machines and workout tools.
With innovative technology like smart watches, smart water bottles, smart studio bikes, and smart jump ropes, it’s easier than ever to stay fit from home. Here are our top picks for the best fitness products for your smart home gym.
1. Sync your workout with a smart watch
The new Apple Watch Ultra hit the market in September 2022 and promises to be the future of fitness technology and health data. The watch is made with a durable titanium case, features precision dual-frequency GPS, and has up to 36 hours of battery life. On lower power settings, it can provide up to 60 hours of battery life. You also have the option of three specialized bands designed for athletes and fitness fanatics.
The new “Action” button gives you power over a variety of functions, allowing you to control a workout, mark a set location, or begin a dive. The GPS antenna provides an accurate location so you can calculate distance, pace, and route maps. The new safety feature, the siren, emits an 86-decibil call for help that can be heard up to 600 feet away. Apple’s new watch gives you maximum control over your workout, all while keeping you safe and enhancing your training.
2. Stay hydrated with a smart water bottle
It’s hard to believe that water bottles can do more than keep your water fresh and cold. But it’s true! The Ozmo Smart Water Bottle connects with the Ozmo Water Tracking App to record your water and caffeine consumption. It tracks your progress throughout the day to help you reach your hydration goals. The app can sync fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Apple Watch to review your hydration needs post-workout.
The leakproof bottle vibrates throughout the day, to remind you to stay hydrated while you’re on the go. The Ozmo Java+ is another smart bottle that keeps your coffee at a steady, warm temperature. It also syncs to the app, so you can easily keep track of your caffeine intake and meet your personal goals.
3. Manage your cardio routine with a smart jump rope
One of the main features of a smart jump rope is a fitness tracker that records your workout time and how many times you jump. The ideal smart jump rope should be height adjustable and either battery powered or rechargeable. They might offer additional features, like guided workouts or removable weights. Smart jump ropes that connect to an app may also give you an easy way to post your personal stats, compete with friends, or look at charts of your progress.
The Smart Jump Rope Rookie connects to the app via Bluetooth to give you information about your workout. It keeps track of your jump count, calories burned, and time spent jumping. It’s easy to stay motivated with their awards incentives, interval trainings, and challenges with other users. The battery can last up to nine months.
4. Focus on your workout with noise canceling earbuds
We all know the quality and durability of your earbuds can make or break a workout session. You need earbuds that can block out the outside world securely, with no risk of falling out during an intense workout.
The Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds have a special grip coating to ensure they don’t budge. They’re sweat proof and waterproof, and can withstand fresh water up to one meter for 30 minutes. With these earbuds, you can block out noise from the world and focus on your music. The four microphones offer great call quality wherever you are. Plus, they’re compatible with Siri, Google, and Alexa. You get up to 24 hours of battery time with the charging case—so you’ll never have to worry about them unexpectedly dying during a workout.
5. Get a studio cycling experience at home
If you’re looking to combine strength training and cardio, consider bringing studio cycling to your smart home gym. The NordicTrack Commercial S22i can do just that—it’s compatible with iFit, which provides classes on spin, strength, yoga, Pilates, running, and more. It has a 22-inch rotating touchscreen, plus 22 levels of resistance and incline and decline options so you can customize your ride.
With the rotating display screen, you can hop off the bike and engage in a different type of workout. NordicTrack also upgraded their sound system, so you get the best sound quality available. You can simply connect your Bluetooth headphones and get sweating!
6. Stream live fitness classes with an interactive mirror
Mirrors are for fixing your hair and getting spinach out of your teeth. Right? Well, now smart mirrors can do so much more. Interactive fitness mirrors offer a variety of live-streamed and on-demand classes. Or personal trainers and one-on-one sessions to get personalized feedback, depending on what you’re looking for.
The Smart Fitness Mirror features the largest library of workouts with over ten thousand classes on demand. You’ll have access to weekly curated workouts and daily live classes with other Mirror members. When you pair your heart rate monitor or smart watch, you’ll be able to see your workout data right on the mirror. Mirror also curates songs and playlists to match your workout or mood for the day.
7. Recover faster with a smart foam roller
Take your cool-down and recovery experience to the next level with a smart foam roller. Foam rollers can help increase flexibility, reduce muscle soreness, and eliminate muscle knots. A smart version of this tool can come with vibration technology to optimize your cool-down routine.
The Hyperice Vyper 2.0 features three vibration settings. Made of a high-intensity vibrating core, it has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery wrapped in an eco-friendly foam. This smart device claims it can increase your range of motion by up to forty percent as it helps reduce muscle soreness after an intense workout. It fits easily into your gym bag or storage space in your smart home gym.
The future of smart gym technology
As smart technology adjusts to meet our needs, so will the technology for smart home gyms. In the future, we can look forward to even more innovative and adaptive fitness technology. Keep in mind that it’s important to protect your smart devices. Since many of these will use a WiFi connection to operate, take steps to secure your home WiFi network.
Exercise video games also allow you to work out from the comfort of your own home. And whatever your gaming interest, you can combine video games and physical activity to get more movement in your daily life.
What tools do you use to stay healthy from home? Do you have favorite tools and devices in your smart home gym? Leave us a comment below.