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10 High-Tech Health Tools to Try This Year

author image Jessica Smith
As a certified wellcoach, author, fitness lifestyle expert and the star of numerous exercise DVDs, Jessica Smith is constantly writing and producing video content about the latest news and expert information on health, fitness and wellness. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications.

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10 High-Tech Health Tools to Try This Year
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Whether your goal is to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, or increase your fitness, these high-tech tools can help you get healthier and more fit in the year ahead. From activity trackers to scales than measure more than just your weight, read on to see some of the latest gadgets you could use to help track your health and fitness. These 10 devices may provide the accountability you need to reach your goals this year.

1. Stealth Core Trainer
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1 Stealth Core Trainer

Ever wish working out were a little more like playing games? Now, at least part of your workout can be! Stealth uses your core strength to control the action on your mobile phone screen, making static exercises like the plank more engaging — for your muscles and your brain. Want to up your motivation even more? Challenge a friend with multi-player mode. Like every other gadget, though, it doesn't work unless you do. It won't be available until June of 2017, but you'll want to be an early adopter on this one. PRICE: $179. WHERE TO FIND:

Related: Find Out More About the Stealth Core Trainer

2. Bvddy App
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2 Bvddy App

Bring your search for a workout buddy into the digital age. Bvddy is a Tinder-style app where you can find other people to workout or play sports with. You can also create an event — say, a soccer game or yoga class — invite your friends and have other like-minded people join in on the fun. Or you can simply browse events in your area that pique your interest. Now there's no excuse not to get out there and try something new this year! PRICE: FREE. WHERE TO FIND:

Related: Find Out More About the Bvddy App

3. LIT Kit
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3 LIT Kit

Recent years have seen the rise of HIIT (high-intensity interval training). But you can't go all out all the time. Enter: LIT Method, which stands for low-impact training. That certainly doesn't mean low-intensity, though. Through a six-week video program, you'll have access to 30-minute workouts that target your arms and abs, legs and abs and full body. You'll burn calories and sculpt lean muscle from the comfort of your home. Then rest and recover your tired muscles. With the LIT Kit, you get a resistance band and booty band for your workouts and a lacrosse ball and foam roller for muscle recovery afterward. PRICE: $89.99. WHERE TO FIND:

Related: Find Out More About the LIT Kit

4. WiseWear Smart Bracelet
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4 WiseWear Smart Bracelet

One of the biggest problems with wearables to date has been that people don't want to wear them in their day-to-day lives because they look like, well, wearables. But these smart bracelets from WiseWear are so pretty you'll want to wear them to the office, running errands and even on date night. And in addition to activity tracking, these devices also feature technology that lets you alert your emergency contacts with three taps to the bracelet. Plus, you have three beautiful designs to choose from. PRICE: $295 to 345. WHERE TO FIND:

Related: Find Out More About WiseWear's Smart Bracelet

5. SweatStyle Subscription Box
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5 SweatStyle Subscription Box

Shopping for stylish, functional workout wear doesn't have to be as exhausting as your workout. And you certainly don't need to wander the mall anymore. With SweatStyle, you can have breezy tanks, cute leggings and supportive sports bras delivered straight to your door every month (or every other month or quarterly if you want). Just fill out your style profile about what types of workouts you do, whether you like basics or trendy pieces and if you prefer neutrals or prints. Keep what you want, send back what you don't. But be careful, it's addicting. PRICE: $20 styling fee + whatever you decide to keep. WHERE TO FIND:

Related: Find Out More About SweatStyle and Get $20 Off

6. Apple Watch Nike+
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6 Apple Watch Nike+

Talk about a powerhouse collaboration! Nike and Apple have teamed up to create the ultimate fitness tracker. With access to the Nike+ Run Club, you'll not only be able to track your run but get the motivation to actually head out and do them. It's durable and lightweight and even water resistant up to 50 meters, should you want to cool off from your run with a swim. And as with all Apple Watches, it syncs to your phone to keep you constantly connected. PRICE: From $369. WHERE TO FIND:

Related: Find Out More About the Apple Watch Nike+

7. Withings Body Cardio Scale
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7 Withings Body Cardio Scale

The number on the scale can only reveal so much about your fitness progress, but the Withings Body Cardio Scale offers a bigger picture about your body’s real composition, beyond your weight. It syncs with your mobile device to track your weight, body fat percentage and heart health. The fact that it allows you to track your progress (which is displayed to you in graph format) is just another tool to help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals this year. PRICE: $107.97. WHERE TO FIND:

Related: Find Out More About the Withings Body Cardio Scale

8. Pryme Vessyl
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8 Pryme Vessyl

Smart devices are popping up everywhere. And you water cup is just the latest thing to be quantified. You know you should drink more water. But how? And how much more? The Pryme Vessyl app helps you calculate how much water you should be drinking based on age, height, weight and activity level, and then keeps track of it through sensors in the cup. It's a steep price to pay for a cup, but if your goal is to drink more water without putting much thought into it, this device will surely help. PRICE: $99. WHERE TO FIND:

Related: Find Out More About Pryme Vessyl

9. MyPlate Calorie Tracker
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9 MyPlate Calorie Tracker

LIVESTRONG.COM's free MyPlate food and fitness tracker has features to make it faster and easier for you to reach your fitness and weight-loss goals. There’s even a free companion mobile app. With MyPlate, you can see how many calories you should be eating each day to meet your goal, and you can easily track your eating and exercise with just one click, get daily motivations and tips, personalized meal plans, daily nutrition charts, graphs and goals and great community support. PRICE: FREE. WHERE TO FIND: LIVESTRONG.COM

Related: Find Out More About LIVESTRONG.COM's MyPlate App

10. STRONGER 8-Week Online Workout Program
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10 STRONGER 8-Week Online Workout Program

These 10 body-shredding HIIT, strength and plyo workouts were created by celebrity trainer Nicky Holender to get your body looking like you’ve spent hours at the gym in just 30 minutes a day. The workouts are challenging and fun, and there's no equipment needed, so you can do them in your living room, your bedroom, your basement or a hotel room. Best of all, they're completely free, and you can view them anywhere you have an internet connection — on your laptop, your mobile phone and/or tablet. PRICE: FREE. WHERE TO FIND: LIVESTRONG.COM

Related: Find Out More About the Free STRONGER Workout Program

What Do YOU Think?
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What Do YOU Think?

Do you have a favorite gadget, app or other tool that helps you monitor your health, weight or workout intensity? What is it and how do you use it? Did we miss mentioning any of your favorite new fitness gadgets in this slideshow? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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