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New technology helps people track fitness progress

(NBC) - Gadgets that keep track of your workout stats by connecting to social networks are aiming to help people keep up with their New Year's resolutions to get physically fit.

As the winter continues, many people are staying indoors and are not as active as they want to be, but with spring approaching, it's time for many to either "put-up" or "shut up."

"There's been a huge rise in interest in measuring and sharing via social media," said CNET.com's Caroline McCarthy.

Weekend warriors and experts agree that "cyber-support," and motivation is huge.

"People have found that when they have other people who know about their goals and who are automatically getting updates on their goals, they hold themselves more accountable," said McCarthy.

Nike, Apple and Adidas are among the manufacturers who make electronics, including watches, that track runners' and walkers' distance, speed, performance and heart rate.

Other gadgets help users monitor nutrition and fitness, including calories taken in and burned, while at work and working out.

"There's been a trend toward pitching these products towards the regular Joes," said McCarthy.

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