Fitness Technology at CES 2013 (video)

A surprising number of exercise (or is it...tech-xercise?) gadgets rounded out this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

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Electronics aren’t always about sitting on the couch, Halo-branded Mountain Dew within easy arm's reach. In point of fact, one section of the CES show floor is dedicated solely to health products focused on active living. It seemed boring until my bosses strapped me into a bungee harness and put me in a video game.

This literal “first-person” shooter was coupled with a version of Dance Dance Revolution designed for classroom use. Another company used a laptop’s webcam to play full-body motion games.

When I was done with full-contact gaming, I used rotating spheres designed to prevent carpal tunnel and rode a bike to determine my exact heart rate. Not to mention the terrifying scale that shook my bowels to the very core. I'm not sure what it did, but I hope I'm healthier for it.

One thing's for sure: It proved that there’s always room to get your thirty minutes of play a day, even if you've just walked a mile around a labyrinthine show floor.

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