I should exercise. No, really ? I need to back off from the keyboard, take the Twinkie out of my mouth and go for a run or something. I should, but I don't. Working out has never given me big results, so I simply stopped. That I?m not 200 lbs by now is a factor of genetics (thanks, Mom and Dad!) and decent nutrition (minus the occasional junk food jones). Still, walking to the grocery store and getting lapped by the senior citizens in my hood is just embarrassing.
Maybe if I knew what my target heart rate was and how intense my workouts should be, I could get real results from exercising instead of frustration. (And my neighbor Estelle would stop laughing at me.)
Enter iTMP Technology. The company is demo?ing its SMHEART LINK at MacWorld right now. This wireless bridge connects an iPhone or iPod Touch with fitness sensors, allowing it to double as a heart monitor or cycling computer. So if you?re the sort of athlete or exercise enthusiast who gets all gadgety about working out, you?ll be able to track your own fitness metrics ? like heart rate, cadence, speed, distance, power and exercise time ? so you can customize your own dashboards and design workouts right on your iPhone. To make this work, you will also need one iTMP's apps: iRPM+ (for cycling), iSPINNING (for Spinning/road or mountain biking) or iNewLeaf (any cardio regimen). Demo versions are available for free in the App Store.
The SMHEART LINK itself will be available for retail sale within a couple of weeks. (Who knows, maybe I?ll have joined a gym by then.)