Let Technology Spice Your Jog

Many people enjoy a jog in the course of keeping fit. Many electronic companies have come up with ways to help people keep fit. Right from the weights to the dumb bells around the wrists while jogging to tone the arms to the treadmills among many other equipment are meant to help make the fitness regime more interesting while still being effective. With the treadmills for instance, one can monitor the distance covered and even the speed and calories burnt in the exercise. With the advent in technology, it is even easier and fun exercising and monitoring the results. Also, technology has made it possible for the ‘assistants’ to come in small, sometimes wearable and trendy gadgets and even simple applications which are easily downloadable into Android based devices.

A number of smart phones can be very easily transformed into fitness partners with the downloading of an application that can do so much in keeping you company while you take your exercises and even further, help you track your progress. The smart phones can help one track the activities engaged in for the day and how much one has covered and the speed. The data collected also include information on the calories burnt, the heart beat and sometimes suggestions of some other types of exercises one can engage in for more effect. Sometimes GPS tracking can be easily activated should you lose your way while running or jogging. The tracking is made possible by the use of Google Maps on Android devices. The problem with this application was the use of the phone which could be bulky. Thanks to the advancement in technology, the gadgets are becoming smaller but more effective and fun to work with.

Fitbit is a range of smart watches specifically designed to help those interested in a fitness regime achieve their goals. They do this by making the fitness process fun while giving invaluable feedback which an enthusiast can readily use to improve their exercise regime. Alta, Flex 2, Blaze and Surge are among the brands in this range of products. They measure the heartbeat and speed of the jogger giving suggestions on the best speed to use in relation to the heartbeat and distance covered and expected result. The watches also give information on the calories burnt and have inbuilt GPS tracking sensors which will help one follow the path desired. Also, with the help of Google maps, one can get suggestions on the routes to use and how much will be the expected burning of calories. These watches are not just for the road, Fitbit Flex 2 for instance is a model used by swimmers. It is waterproof up to 50 meters and captures even the strokes made by the swimmer. All this data can be easily accessed by downloading it from the gadget though you can still view it on the screen display. However, it is in the ‘ear bud fitness companions’ that the fitness training is getting alive in.

Jabra sport elite is one of the many fitness monitoring companions that are well captured and designed to be used as ear phone buds. You fix them in your ear to record your movement, speed, distance and even the heartbeat and calories burnt. They can then be connected to a PC or Android device to get the information or data gathered during the exercise. One can program the Jabra elite tp track their activities and keep records for later review for instance what one did in the week, the dates and achievements. Aaptiv is an audio fitness application that takes the earphone bud fitness experience a notch higher. Easily downloadable from the internet, this application tracks the activities carried out while working out. There are training regimes starting from the basics to the professional as directed by some reknown sports personalities. These instructions are accompanied by nice music as which makes the daunting task of keeping fit a joy.

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Techy Ways To Make Your Oscar Party A Hit!


The Academy Awards are this Sunday hosted by Jimmy Kimmel? Which celebrities will win an Oscar this year? You have to watch to find out! No better way to watch it than by having an Oscar-themed party. Here are few techy ideas to spice up your party!

Send E-Invitations

Nothing is cooler than sending personalize E-Invitations! It shows your guests that you are really putting some thought into the party. Some card background ideas could include a Hollywood star, a Red Carpet, or a classic sparkle gold background. There are plenty of websites that have free Oscar-themed e-invites to choose from. Some of these sites include,, and

Official Oscars Challenge 

This year, the Academy has created the Official Oscars Challenge. All you have to do is login via Facebook and cast your ballot for who you think is going to win Oscar Awards. No party is complete without everyone casting their ballots! To tie in the social media aspect, you can ask your friends on Facebook to cast their ballots as well. So, if you are having an Oscar themed party, ask your friends via Facebook to fill out their ballot prior to the party. That way, their ballot is done beforehand and everyone in the party can see each others ballots. The on party night, you can check and see who at your party had the top ballot! A plus is that you get entered to win a trip to next year’s Academy Awards. How cool!

Make Sure to Have a Large Television

The key to ANY viewing party whether a sports game or awards show is having a large and clear television. Having the wrong tv such as one that is fuzzy or way too small can ruin a party. No host wants that! If you have a large television, great! If you don’t, either go buy a new TV, or rent a TV for the night. Some great stores to purchase a TV include Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. To rent a TV, you can try Rent-A-Center or Aarons. Before doing either of these, make sure you have a clear budget.

Have a Photo Station/Booth

No Oscar party is complete without a Photo Station/Booth. You can rent a booth, if you have the money, or create a DIY Station. Just make a simple red carpet-esque background, have accessories for the guests to put on for photos, and a camera of course. Accessories could include beads, fake oscar awards, hats, boas, and honestly, anything you could imagine. Take it up a notch and ask your guests to dress up! If you do not have a camera, tell your friends they can just snap an Oscar selfie!

Create a Party Hashtag

Nothing is more personalized than creating a hashtag specifically for your party. When thinking of a hashtag, think of whether you want to go more traditional or creative. For a more traditional hashtag, you could do something like “#Oscars89AtAmys” or “#AmysOscarParty2017”. Simple, traditional, straightforward, and most likely will not be taken. For more creative, there are many ways you could go. You could create a hashtag for whatever movie your party is rooting for like La La Land. You could also do something more comical like, “#OscarWinnerBeLike” with a photo or video. My only advice: make sure your hashtag is not being used! Otherwise, it will not be clear what photos are of your party.

Overall, find a reason to throw an Oscar party, small or large! It’s always great to find out a reason to hang out with friends and family. Make sure to cast your Oscars ballot and watch it this Sunday!