Ok, I bet you are thinking “Ritchie what the hell are you doing at Fitness & Health Expo, don’t you just live of Mountain Dew and Doritos?” Nerds, Geeks, guys and girls, I got something to say to you all. As of this Monday I’m giving up the dew because of this expo, I know it’s going to be a dark time ahead of us. On the bright side lets talk why I was there.
So last week I was invited to go check out the Melbourne Fitness & Health Expo. At first I was a bit scared as I had this vision everyone would be carrying around protein shakes and just giving each other high fives some reason. I’m no fitness buff but I do love my tech, so I went on the search knowing there has to be some cool gadgets here in this big expo hall at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
The whole Exhibition centre was turned into one big gym. I sort of felt left out as I was wearing skinny jeans and everyone was either in tights or shorts. Everything was available to try, heck I broke a sweat watching people exercise.
Referring to the images below, what are those things? I don’t know, human cocoons or something. This thing looks like something out of terminator.
People moving, jumping, taking selfies most importantly people having fun. The exhibition was covered over 3 days with talks, demonstrations and even competitions. If you were thinking of changing your lifestyle or trying to improve it, The Melbourne Fitness & Health Expo was the place to be.
Step counters are a thing of the past with wearables becoming a more common accessory this year. Big brands like Fitbit have really been at the forefront since the beginning. I was actually sad that I didn’t see FitBit at the Melbourne’s Fitness & Health Expo. However there were so many other brands which offered a similar solution at keeping track of your daily activities.
One of the companies which you might have herd before Garmin was here to show us how they can improve your lifestyle with style.
Activity trackers come in all shapes and sizes but ultimately do the same thing, track your activity. The lovely people at Garmin showed 3 of their leading Activity trackers, from the base model of the vívofit 2 to the top of the line vívoactive.
The vívofit 2 is a basic activity tracker which allows you to track your steps and calories and allows you to set goals for yourself. Coming in a wide variety of colours and a 1 year battery life the vívofit 2 is a great way to start tracking your life. With mothers day around the corner as well, they make great presents.
The vívosmart is pretty much everything you love from with vívofit 2 but with notifications. With a great OLED touch screen you are able to swipe notificationas from text messages, phone calls and even change music tracks. This may not be for grandma but if your want to take control of your life and at the same time not miss important messages the vívosmart is the way to go. With the added touch screen and notifications the battery takes a big hit with up to 7 days battery life.
The vívoactive is the top of the line Activity trackers from Garmin which has a 3 week battery life, built in apps, GPS, colour screen, notifications, the list goes on. The vívoactive takes a form of a watch style than your common wristband. The problem with most activity trackers is that it relies on your phone to keep track of GPS locations. The vívoactive has a built in GPS which will be able to track all your daily activities from swimming, running, cycling and even golf. Batterie life will decrease however with only 10 hours juice, plenty however to get you through your day.
Moving on from Activity Trackers I came across this amazing towel. Not just any towel but a towel which can instantly be cold in a matter of minutes. It reacts to heat, so If you are sweating and you cover your self with this towel it will slowly turn cold. Chemical free, reusable and washable you could say the FrosTouch works like magic.
I’m no exercise buff but these were a few cool things they had on show at The Melbourne Fitness & Health Expo. Bicycle games on exercise bikes to free samples of protein shakes left, right, and centre. People were super friendly even if you had no clue how to use a machine, they made you feel comfortable no matter how big or small you are.
Technology has really taken over our lifestyles, but it’s time now to turn that around and make it work for us. Either you get a Fitbit or a Garmin or I’m Fit, make sure it suits your lifestyle when picking an activity tracker. Don’t let it take over you life but complement it so you can improve it.
Don’t worry if you did miss out this years expo you can catch it back near year on 29 APRIL – 1 MAY 2016. The Fitness & Health Expo will also be visiting Perth, Sydney and Brisbane later this year. Detail here – http://www.fitnessexpo.com.au/tickets