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The Ultimate Guide to Health & Fitness Tech

The whole “new year, new you” maxim is undoubtedly a cliché. But the truth is that there’s never a bad time to improve your health. So if starting a new orbit around the sun lights a fire under your butt to get moving, run with it (literally). Thanks to all the smart home gym equipment, workout apps and streaming services, fitness trackers, and other consumer health technologies available today, you don’t even need to go to the gym to get lean and make gains.

For anyone who’s less than comfortable with the idea of breathing heavily in a confined public space or wearing a mask while working out, this technology is a true blessing. And for those who are new to the world of fitness or just getting back into it after a period of inactivity, rest assured that many of the latest technologies offer beginner-friendly workouts, guidance for newbies, and virtual personal trainers.

With so many smart health and fitness products to choose from, it can be tough to narrow them down, and that’s where we come in. At PCMag, our mission is to help you make the most informed buying decisions, which is why we exhaustively test every product we review and analyze its strengths, weaknesses, and value compared with the competition.

“The fight against COVID-19 has spurred new features in consumer tech to help users protect themselves.”

As a yoga teacher and PCMag’s fitness expert, I get to test and review all the latest smart health technologies—and some of the recent innovations I’ve seen are truly impressive. But not every product is a winner, and not every good product is the right fit for everyone.

For this story, we’re gathering some of the best health and fitness products and software you can use right now, and we’re taking a look at some of the more promising technologies on the horizon. If a product catches your eye, be sure to check out its full review on PCMag.com.

FEATURES TO CURB COVID-19

The fight against COVID-19 has spurred new features in consumer technology to help users protect themselves against the virus and detect early signs of infection. So far, these features are found primarily in smartwatches, which often have many of the same health and fitness aspects as fitness trackers along with large color touch screens, calling and texting capabilities, and downloadable apps.

The (starting at $399), for instance,

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