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Fun Fitness Gadgets for Families

Posted by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM
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These fitness gadgets, including digital heart rate monitors, digital jump ropes, gaming systems and more, will help your family get-or stay!-in shape. Plus, get healthy eating tips, exercise ideas, and more ways to shape up with Parenting's Fit Generation 2011!

 

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Vertical15
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Strollometer New moms looking to get back into non-elastic pants ASAP will love being reminded that taking care of an infant burns plenty of calories. This clip-on device follows every revolution of your stroller tires to track the miles you put in making diaper runs, going to well-baby visits, and taking baby to meet the neighbors. The display shows speed and distance, daily mileage, and temperature--so you know when it's time to get out the baby blanket.

$54.99 at galtbaby.com

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by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Any number of gaming systems are marketed as "fun for the whole family," but this one really is (if you don't believe us, just check out this video). Parents will love at-home fitness options like The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout and personalized workouts of Your Shape, and kids will break a sweat showing off their moves with Dance Central. Bonus: Since your body and voice control Kinect, you'll never lose the controller in the couch

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by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Wobble Deck Balance Board

We're not saying they'll never skin another knee, but this electronic balance board makes working on balance, reaction times, coordination, and reflexes seem like fun. For kids ages 5-11.
$34.99 at toysrus.com

Vertical15
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

JumpSnap

Jumping rope can burn more calories per hour than jogging or biking, making it the perfect exercise for time-pressed parents. But at-home jumping presents a danger to anything nearby--the dog's nose, your favorite vase, or curious toddlers. Enter the JumpSnap, a wireless jump rope that tracks calorie burn, workout time, and number of jumps per sweat session. For further motivation, it comes with 4 DVD workouts and handle weights.
$39.95 at jumpsnap.com

Vertical15
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

GeoPalz

These cool-looking just-for-kids pedometers turn physical activity into a game--and a competition to win fitness-related prizes and other rewards. Coming soon: GeoPalz will email parents a weekly progress report on how their kids are doing, with suggestions for how to encourage them.
$19.99 at geopalz.com

ceciliam
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

We love Dance Central!

Quoting Vertical15:

Any number of gaming systems are marketed as "fun for the whole family," but this one really is (if you don't believe us, just check out this video). Parents will love at-home fitness options like The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout and personalized workouts of Your Shape, and kids will break a sweat showing off their moves with Dance Central. Bonus: Since your body and voice control Kinect, you'll never lose the controller in the couch


Vertical15
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

SportCount Finger Lap Counter

The pool is the ultimate getaway from the hubbub of a houseful of kids, but it's easy to lose track of how many soothing, calorie-burning laps you've put in. This super-handy lap counter slips over one finger so you can easily track your workout without taking up any room in your over-stuffed gym bag.
$23 at swimmerstuff.com

Vertical15
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM

ContourHD Camera

Splurge on the adventure-sports junkies in your family with a mountable HD cam to record every terrifying-slash-exhilarating moment from the point of view of the biker, snowboarder, skier, or skateboarder. It comes with editing and sharing software, and maybe--just maybe--tweens will find family trips newly enticing when they can share their adventures with friends back home.
$251.94 at amazon.com

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by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

 

50-Foot Snowball Launcher
It's tough enough shooing kids outside during the summer. In the winter, it can prove impossible. Get them excited for cold-weather fun with a new twist on the old-fashioned snowball fight: a snowball blaster that adds a long-range element to their battles.
$29.95 at hammacher.com

 

 

Vertical15
by on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Solio Rocsta H1000 Solar Charger

While "getting away from it all" for a weekend of hiking and camping certainly boosts physical and mental health, roughing it doesn't have to mean going completely off the grid. Dad's GPS, Mom's camera, and the kids' phones and iPods can all hook up to this carabiner-clip solar charger, which powers more than 3200 different devices sans electricity.
$79.99 at solio.com

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