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By: Jennifer Devitt on January 12th, 2016

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5 tech inspired fitness tools to help you with your 2016 resolutions and goals.

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We are 13 days into this new year 2016. The roll around of the new year tends to bring with it resolutions. Depending on the person, resolutions can vary from work-related, personal, health, fitness, etc. Each person is different and thus will have varying resolutions and reasons behind them.

What appears to be the most popular resolution is health and fitness related. It is not uncommon for people who are already health conscious and perhaps belong to a gym to be wary of the influx of the newly committed after the first of the year.  I often times see healthy people wishing the newbies wouldn't crowd their gym. But as a health and fitness enthusiast, I say bring them all on, let's encourage them not discourage them. After all, we all started somewhere. On that note of encouragement, let's take a look at some health and fitness tech devices and/or apps that can help us all be better committed to a healthy lifestyle.

1. Fitness tracker. Ok, there are many to choose from. You can do Fitbit, Misfit, Apple Watch or Jawbone to name a few. You can find a wide variety based on your needs and/or current goals. You can choose a tracker that monitors movement, calorie goals or sleep. The trackers come in many models and with price points all over the board. You can go from a say low-end Fitbit Zip for $59.95 all the way to a higher end Apple Watch that ranges from $349 to the thousands. If you are new to fitness, start small and get moving, you can always upgrade has you find your stride.

2. Apps.  Check out the app store and do a search on health or fitness and prepare to be overwhelmed. You can find apps that will supply daily workouts, track your activity or help you manage your caloric intake. Some popular apps are Nike+, Map My Run or My Fitness Pal to name a few. Some of these apps can be integrated with your fitness tracker of choice.

3. Workout programs. You don't always have to shell out money for a gym membership. Thanks to the folks at Beach Body there are many workouts you can do at home, with minimal space and little to no equipment. These days, you don't have to order countless DVD sets, you can sign up for Beach Body on Demand which gives you access to their entire library anywhere you want to stream it. I can speak from experience that Beach Body programs work (and no, I am not a coach, nor do I want to be). I have had success with such programs like Turbofire, Insanity, T25, Insanity Max 30 and Body Beast.

4. Wearables. Today, fitness wearables do not just come in watch form. No, today you can purchase a fitness wearable in the form of a sports bra. We discussed this last week. This new bra debuted at the CES. Manufactured by OMSignal, the OMBra measures biometrics and communicates them to the corresponding app to help you track your fitness. Or, there's the new Altra IQ Smart Shoe powered by iFit that was also at CES. The smart shoe provides feedback and tips to improve your running.

5. Social media. If you are looking for a fitness community or a place to gather inspiration, motivation or share accomplishments you can find many such things via places like Instagram. Now, mind you take these with a grain of salt as there are going to be fibbers or people who use filters to exaggerate their success stories or sell you something. But there are also plenty of everyday people just like you.

The above items can be used for the beginner all the way to the advanced level. But, don't be fooled you can find many more high tech fitness devices that you can use to monitor progress, form, track food macros and more. Tech related health and fitness tools can range from free apps to devices or software that cost into the thousands. There is something for everyone depending on your goals and budget.

Did you make a new year health or fitness resolution? Are you utilizing a form of technology to help you keep your goal? Feel free to tell me about how you're doing, what your using to keep you on track or give me a suggestion of something to try! I use my Apple Watch, Nike + Running and Beach Body. I on occasion use My Fitness Pal as well. Whatever you use, don't feel intimidated if you are the new kid on the block at the gym or you find your first workouts hard to complete. It gets easier, just stick with it!