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Health and Fitness Gadgets For The Whole Family

Tech is a great way to spur you—and your grandkids—to be more active. Check out these cool health and fitness gadgets.

By Dan Nessel of Dad Does.com 

The winter is coming to an end, the days are getting longer—time to get outside and be active! This month we look at health and fitness trackers that will motivate the whole family to get up and get going. 

The Data Will Get You Moving

Health and Fitness GadgetsWhat would it be like to have a personal trainer strapped to your wrist?  Put on the Basis Peak Fitness Tracker and you will soon know. The Basis Peak tracks heart rate, steps, skin temperature and even sleep patterns–all from your wrist. By setting goals and habits, the Basis Peak will take all your fitness data and gently nudge you along to make sure you stay active and healthy.

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Basis Peak | $199.99


Need Help Getting Active? Become a Misfit

Health and Fitness GadgThe Basis Peak is a very sophisticated fitness tracker but its $199 price tag might put it out of range for many people. Sorry, but you can’t use price as an excuse for not getting a fitness tracker. The Misfit Flash comes in at under $50 and provides data on your steps, activity level and sleep patterns. While you don’t get a heart rate monitor, the Misfit Flash is waterproof so you can wear it swimming and it has a wonderfully easy to use app for iOS and Android devices.

Misfit Flash | $49.99

Full review & demo of Misfit Flash

No More Writing Down Blood Pressure Rates

Toys and Tech_WithingsTracking your blood pressure and sharing the information with your Doctor just got easier. The Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor connects to your smartphone and allows you to easily capture blood pressure readings and provides instant feedback based on the World Health Organization’s official standards. With a few simple taps, see historical graphs of your blood pressure and instantly share the data with your doctor.

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Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor | $129

Get The Grandkids Excited To Be Active Too!

Health and Fitness GadgetsWearable fitness trackers are not just for adults. The LeapBand from LeapFrog is a fun activity tracking watch for kids ages 4-7. The LeapBand allows kids to adopt virtual pets, which they keep healthy by doing different physical activities. You can customize the activities the grandkids need to do and set rewards based on how active they were for the day.

LeapBand from LeapFrog  | $19.99

Full review & demo of LeapBand from LeapFrog

Dan NesselDan Nessel is Director of Product Reviews at DadDoes. Join Dad Does for real world, brutally honest product reviews, geared toward parents and grandparents. 


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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