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3 Sporty Gadgets That Will Make You Better, Faster, Stronger

Feeling athletic this summer? These affordable devices will help you take your performance to the next level.

 

Wahoo Tickr Heart Rate Monitor

Wahoo Tickr Heart Rate Monitor, $60

 

Why it’s great: Love using data to track your progress? This device, which monitors your workout stats in real time, is compatible with more than 50 popular fitness apps.

How it works: Strap the Wahoo to your chest to send your heart rate and calorie count to an iOS or Android device or a GPS sports watch. The monitor comes with its own app, which includes an eight-week training program.

Sony 4GB Walkman Sports MP3 Player

Sony 4GB Walkman Sports MP3 Player, $100

 

Why it’s great: These waterproof headphones plus built-in MP3 player can stand up to sweat, rain, and even laps in the pool.

How it works: The Sony weighs just over an ounce, holds nearly 1,000 songs, and is waterproof down to six feet. The player also features a quick-charging battery: Plug the device in for a few minutes to get an hour of playback, or juice it all the way for up to eight hours.

Golf Buddy Voice

Golf Buddy Voice, $107

 

Why it’s great: When you’re not sure which club to grab, tap the bitty Golf Buddy to hear the distance to the front, middle, and back of the green.

How it works: The two-inch-by-two-inch range finder clips easily to your hat or pocket and comes pre­loaded with tens of thousands of ­courses. The Golf Buddy requires no annual or new-course download fees. Don’t like a ­gabby device? You can mute it and read the distances on the LCD screen.

Not ready to commit to a new device? These three apps will help you up step up your fitness—for $3 or less.

Performance Stretching: Don’t hurt yourself! This $3 app matches your exercise routine with appropriate pre-workout stretches. iOS only.

Hundred Pushups: Yes, you can do 100 consecutive pushups, even if you’re not a gym rat. This $1 to $2 app will get you there in six weeks. iOS and Android.

5K Runner: Ease into running with a three-day-a-week program from this $3 app. In eight weeks you’ll be able to jog your way to a full 5K. iOS only.

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