Fitness Apps and Gadgets for the Couch Potato Geek

Just because you’re a geek does not automatically mean you’re a couch potato, but based on my own experience, we do tend to prefer staying indoors where all the “required” amenities are close at hand: the PS3 (or PS4 if you have it already), the entertainment system which allows you to spend all the hours you want watching and rewatching Game of Thrones, Wi-Fi which you can rely on, and the list goes on and on…

While I do not buy into the hype of health and fitness that everyone seems to be in to these days – cross fit, organic food, gluten-free food, etc. – I think I’ve reached the age where I realize that I do need to get a bit of exercise now and then. That is, if I want to live long enough to read the end of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” (if he ever gets around to finishing it!).

If you feel the same – even just a little bit – you might want to take a look at some fitness apps and gadgets that will not get you too much off your couch; too much being the operative word.

Moves App

I am not a walker (a person who walks, not a zombie), but since I started using Moves App, I did have a little more incentive to get off my butt and walk. After all, seeing that you’ve made 4,000 steps in a day makes one feel quite good, even though that’s because you spend the whole afternoon going from bookstore to bookstore and comic book stores to add to this stash.

Fitbit Flex

If you’re going to have to get off the couch and run (walk, if you will) regularly, even if it’s just 30 minutes at a time to go to your favorite coffee shop, then you might as well have one of those fitness bands. They do look cool, and if you’re a gadget geek, the Fitbit Flex is one of the most appealing in my book.

The gadget was revealed only recently, during the Mobile World Congress and saved for the final day of the Congress, this device not only monitors your physical activity, it also gives you data about your sleeping patterns. Did I mention that it looks cool?


You may or may not have such a dysfunctional relationship with your mother as Howard Wolowitz does, but this high-tech device fits right into this list of fitness apps and gadgets for geeks.

Mother may look a little creepy, to be honest, but it does do a lot of things that can help you be a healthier person without having to put in too much of an effort. It is a device that makes use of sensors so that you can program it to do pretty much whatever you need.

For example, if you take medication (who doesn’t?) and you tend to forget, just program Mother to remind you when to take which pills. It also helps lower your expenses as it can be used for home automation – that may not be directly a health app, but it does lessen the chances of you getting a migraine from ginormous electric bills.

Your comfort games/movies/books

They may come in all formats, but indulging yourself in things that comfort you and make you happy makes you healthy, doesn’t it? So yes, give yourself the permission to sit on that couch when you feel the need to. Just remember to take a break in between episodes when going on a TV series marathon and maybe take a short walk or something!

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