Gadgets That'll Get (or Keep) You in Shape

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Gadgets That'll Get (or Keep) You in Shape
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If there's one thing sci-fi movies have taught us about the future, it's that everyone's in good shape. That's probably because they have futuristic gadgets to help them lose weight, exercise more and maybe even sleep better. Thankfully, those gadgets have started to arrive in the present, and they're designed to help create a better you.

Basis ($199)
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Basis ($199)

It may look like a typical timepiece, but the Basis is smarter than the average watch. Four embedded sensors measure things like blood-flow, perspiration and overall activity. As it monitors your habits -- both day and night -- and gauges your fitness level, the Basis makes suggestions on how to improve them -- for example: "You've been sitting too long. Go for a walk!" Can your watch do that?

Basis

Fitbit Flex ($99.95)
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Fitbit Flex ($99.95)

Fitbit pretty much pioneered the fitness-tracker category, and the Flex is the company's newest attempt to monitor your activities so that you can improve your health and fitness. This simple-looking, water-resistant rubber wristband tracks your steps taken, calories burned and hours slept and then syncs all that data to your smartphone or PC. And it's available in your choice of cool colors, so you don't have to compromise fashion for fitness.

Fitbit Flex

Fitbit One ($99.95)
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Fitbit One ($99.95)

It looks like a fancy pedometer, but the Fitbit One does more than just count your steps. It also tells you how far you traveled, how many steps you've climbed, and how many calories you've burned -- all in the interests of helping you get in better shape. Plus, it measures your sleep cycle to help you improve your snoozes. And because it's wireless, it can easily sync your stats to your phone or PC.

Fitbit One

Fitbit Zip ($59.95)
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Fitbit Zip ($59.95)

If you like the idea of a "smart" pedometer but don't want to spend $100 on one, the Fitbit Zip might be more your style -- and budget. Available in five colors and able to clip just about anywhere, the Zip tracks your steps, distance and calories burned, and shares all that info on its small LCD screen. It can also sync wirelessly with most phones, tablets and computers.

Fitbit Zip

Jawbone UP ($129.99)
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Jawbone UP ($129.99)

Designed to be worn everywhere you go, including the shower and the bed, the waterproof Jawbone UP wristband promises to promote a healthier lifestyle by tracking your movements and sleep. All your metrics get synced to your PC -- and later, your smartphone -- though the UP requires a wired connection. As an added bonus, the wristband doubles as a silent, vibrating alarm that knows -- based on your sleep cycle -- the best time to wake you up.

Jawbone UP

Larklife ($149.99)
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Larklife ($149.99)

As fitness bands go, the Larklife is one of the larger ones out there -- it's borderline clunky-looking. But it's also extremely versatile, able to monitor your movement, eating, sleeping and even productivity habits and to provide recommendations for improving them all. It also syncs wirelessly to a truly impressive iOS app, but unfortunately that's all it can sync to: no PCs, no Android or Windows Phone devices. But for iPhone and iPad users, this might be the tracker to get.

Larklife

Microsoft Kinect ($109.99)
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Microsoft Kinect ($109.99)

Can you really get in shape by playing games? You can if you pair a Microsoft Kinect with your Xbox 360 console. This motion-sensing marvel, famously known for making you "the controller," works with a variety of sports, dance and fitness games, all designed to get you off the couch and active. Don't look now, but you might just have some fun while you exercise.

Microsoft Kinect

Motorola MotoActv ($249.99)
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Motorola MotoActv ($249.99)

Built for serious runners, the MotoActv combines a GPS, MP3 player, heart-rate monitor and goal manager -- all wrapped into an attractive square touchscreen watch. With it, you can collect all kinds of run stats (pace and distance, for example) and then sync it with the Web or your Android phone. It's kind of pricey, though, and you can enjoy many of the same functions with your smartphone and a run-tracking app.

Motorola MotoActv

Nike+ FuelBand ($149)
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Nike+ FuelBand ($149)

Some fitness trackers look like little more than rubber wristbands, but the Nike+ FuelBand looks like, well, a gadget. It sports a cool LED display that shows your daily data -- calories, steps and time, for instance -- and its built-in pedometer tracks all that stuff. You can sync it wirelessly with your iPhone or plug it into your PC to chart your progress, set goals and to collect motivation-building achievements. However, unlike other fitness bands, this one doesn't monitor your sleep or eating habits.

Nike+ FuelBand

Withings Wireless Scale WS-30 ($149.95)
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Withings Wireless Scale WS-30 ($149.95)

Finally, a bathroom scale that's smart instead of just mean. The Withings WS-30 does more than just guess your weight: It also determines your body mass index and beams all your stats to the Web and/or your iPhone. Speaking of which, the free Withings companion app tracks all your fitness info and can even share its data with apps like RunKeeper and Zeo Sleep Manager.

Withings Wireless Scale WS-30

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