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December 06, 2012

Only Crazy People Exercise with Their iPhones Right?

By Tracey E. Schelmetic, TMCnet Contributor

‘Tis the season to overeat: cheese, cake, chocolate, pastries, cookies, meat and gravy, pie…you name it, it probably goes on your waistline. Conveniently following the holidays, of course, is New Year’s, a great time to promise yourself that you will eat nothing but bean curd and lettuce for the next four months, and be in shape to run a marathon by summer.

Has it ever happened? Not if you’re like most people, whose New Year’s fitness and diet resolutions are usually abandoned by the time that box of Valentine’s chocolate arrives. Perhaps what you need is a helpful little tool: one you carry with you everywhere and look at more often than you look at your spouse or significant other. In other words, your iPhone (News - Alert)

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We’re addicted to our smartphones. According to some studies, we simply can’t live without them. About 84 percent of Americans have said they cannot go single day without their phone, and 50 percent of them said they sleep with their phones next to them. (In the 18-24 age demographic, this rises to 80 percent.) One-fifth of us check our smartphones every 10 minutes.

So why shouldn’t we exercise with them? There are no shortage of fitness apps that can help you track your weight and your body mass index, remind you to get to the gym, keep you inspired (and from getting lost) during hikes and help you maximize calorie burning, but it hasn’t always been convenient to take your smartphone with you, particularly if there is water, rain or a lot of bouncing involved. (And if you’re exercising correctly, there should be a lot of bouncing involved.)

Smartphones (particularly iPhones), you may have noticed, are rather expensive little pieces of equipment. For this reason, we’ve lately seen a proliferation of products designed to protect the phones, particularly during harsh treatment, such as exercising.  

The San Diego-based company, LifeProof offers a series of protective cases for Apple (News - Alert) iPhones and iPads that will let you do pretty much anything with them. The company designs, manufactures and markets cases that provide all-environmental protection, functionality and interactivity to Apple devices. It sells its athletic protectors in Best Buy (News - Alert), many mobile phone stores and through its own website.

Strap your iPhone to your arm while you swim? No problem. Keep your phone intact underwater to a depth of over six feet? Check. Mount in on your bike when you hit the road? Easy. Strap it to your arm while you run and protect it from sweat, precipitation, bumps and falls? Sure.

So what if you’re an Android (News - Alert) user looking to snorkel and skydive without missing any text messages? While LifeProof is dedicated to Apple products, there are other solutions if you’re an Android sort of person. A UK-based company called OverBoard makes waterproof protective cases for a variety of phone models, including Android.

So by all means, protect your phone while you exercise. Just don’t expect it to slap your hand when you’re reaching for that second serving of your Aunt Betty’s Yule cream rolls.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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