Health & Fitness

Gear: Accessories and tech devices for your workout

  • Innovative sunglasses are a sight for active eyes
    Innovative sunglasses are a sight for active eyes

    The end of winter is the official start of sunglass season, as the sunlight lingers and people stay out and play longer. This year sees a number of innovative lightweight polycarbonate models available for the athletically minded outdoors person, from surfers to cyclists.

  • Little innovations make a big difference for riders
    Little innovations make a big difference for riders

    All bikes tend to look alike at first. But a closer look reveals some clever design innovations this year that give world-class triathletes, gonzo mountain bikers, traveling tandem aficionados and raw rookie road riders alike exactly what they want: a little more speed, a lot more...

  • Smart sports devices aim to step up performance
    Smart sports devices aim to step up performance

    The wearables revolution that's transforming watch into smartwatch is also bringing the microchip to sports gear, with fascinating results. Smart rackets, smart basketballs, smart bike helmets, even a smart music-and-dance composer augment your workout with real-time feedback and advice that...

  • Fitness resolution gets help with four ways to make workouts work
    Fitness resolution gets help with four ways to make workouts work

    To keep your New Year's fitness resolutions, anything will do. Strength or aerobic, it doesn't matter, as long as you get moving. Here's some easy, effective and fun ways to jump-start your 2015 exercise plan.

  • Gear: Four watches that step up the time-telling game
    Gear: Four watches that step up the time-telling game

    There's only so much real estate on your wrist. "Activity" straps are great, but what if most of the time you just want to know the time — and need something that looks presentable in street clothes? The products reviewed here all function as bona-fide watches — and then some do a...

  • Winter equipment to protect you from ice, snow, the dark and cold
    Winter equipment to protect you from ice, snow, the dark and cold

    We're a little arrogant about our fitness here in Southern California. While millions of other Americans bundle up against the Arctic chill blasting a swath of the country, we happily keep on cycling and running and skating in shorts and tank tops. But now it's December; nighttime...

  • Gear: Four apps that can keep fitness on track
    Gear: Four apps that can keep fitness on track

    Do you need to be coerced into working out by paying a non-compliance fine? Would you like to find a cool mountain-bike route on your business trip to Milwaukee next week? Or how about running with a music mix automatically synchronized to your pace, or having a yoga instructor come to your...

  • Four fitness gear innovations to check out
    Four fitness gear innovations to check out

    Every imaginable problem and dream solution can now be tracked and addressed. Want to work out in Boulder, Colo., to get in some altitude training but can't afford the plane fare? Want to know your heart rate while running to music but hate wearing a chest strap? Wouldn't it be great to have...

  • Running shoes made to fit the shapes of feet
    Running shoes made to fit the shapes of feet

    As a kid, having no understanding of fashion, I never understood pointy shoes. After all, the human foot doesn't come to a point, which to me seems to explain the popularity in the early 1970s of Earth Shoes, which had a down-sloping negative heel and a foot-like shape with an...

  • Women's sports clothes that address gender-based challenges
    Women's sports clothes that address gender-based challenges

    Women have unique needs in sports clothing that few men understand. Male mountain bikers, for instance, figure a trail-side bathroom break takes 20 or 30 seconds, max. Male runners figure it takes about five seconds behind the car door to strip naked and change out of sweaty clothes after a...

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