OK, so maybe technology and gear isn’t as vital as something like, say, water or food, but there’s no doubt that we’ve become somewhat reliant on it over the past few decades.
In fact, according to the Pew Research Center , 29 percent of people who own cell phones said they felt it was “something they can’t imagine living without.”
That’s a bit of a drastic outlook, especially since scientists are now finding that disconnecting  every now and then is actually important for good overall health and well-being.
Of course, we know that technology has the power to help us improve our health, too.
And as technology  continues to progress and research  continues to advance, the possibilities and potential for new gadgets to seriously impact our health, wellness and athletic performance in a positive way is seemingly infinite.
Oh yeah, and then there are those tried and true items, like sneakers  and essential accessories, that continue to help propel us towards our goals.
It's funny to think that even something as simple as the construction of a sneaker has been greatly impacted by advances in technology, too.
Here are just a few of the gadgets, gizmos, apparel and accessories— all designed not only to make your life a little bit easier, but a whole lot healthier — that are shaking up the health and fitness game in a seriously great way.
Available in a running, biking and multi-sport edition, this ultra high-tech calf sleeve features groundbreaking technology that offers everyday athletes the chance to look inside their muscles. The device measures your lactate threshold  and when paired with your mobile device, the data is used to provide personalized training zones  so you can let science determine exactly what level of intensity to perform at.
bsxinsight.com ; $299.99-$419.99
Timex IRONMAN ONE GPS+
The IRONMAN ONE GPS+ serves to simplify your workouts by combining music, messaging and activity-tracking capabilities all in one device. Essentially, you can run “with” your phone without actually having to carry your phone. Features include, phone-free mobile messaging, GPS functions for tracking distance and pace, a built-in, Bluetooth-enabled music player, and 50 meters of water resistance.
timex.com ; $399.95
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