Six of the Best: Fitness gadgets

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The resolution to get fitter and lose weight seems a good idea after the Christmas excess but keeping motivated and reaching your goals can be a challenge. Here are six gadgets which can help whatever your sport of choice.

FITBIT SURGE

The latest product from the popular Fitbit range. The Surge combines pretty much everything you would need in a smartwatch for work and workout. For fitness it includes GPS Tracking which displays run time, distance, pace and elevation, continuous heart rate monitoring, all day activity tracking and for work, notifications, music and wireless syncing are all part of the package. With a mulit-sport functionality it is able to give you a clear picture of your training and has a SmartTrack facility to automatically recognise and record select exercises.

£199.99 from www.fitbit.com

STRAVA APPS

There are plenty of apps on the market to help you keep track of your training and performance but Strava’s running and cycling apps come complete with the added competitive element. As well as tracking your running or riding the Strava apps allow you to join challenges, share your photos and follow friends. So once you have ridden or run a certain track upload your results and compare with not only your own previous performances but also with other athletes. Aside from the competition it is a great motivational and sharing tool. www.strava.com

WITHINGS SMART BODY ANALYZER

Bathroom scales for the 21st Century. These advanced Wi-Fi scales measure everything from body fat to heart rate. They can even tell you how to dress for the weather. The readings are automatically synced with your phone to show your trends and help you reach your ideal weight. It also measures your heart rate through your feet so you can measure your fitness. As your environment plays a key role in your health, the scales measure the indoor air quality in your home through temperature and carbon dioxide measuring. £79.99 www.amazon.co.uk

PIONEER MULTIMEDIA SE-E721-K BASS HEADPHONE

These headphones are designed for athletes and guaranteed to stand up to event the toughest workout. Equipped with ‘Skull Fit Hanger’ ear clips which keep the headphones in place even under the most demanding circumstances. There is also an ‘active fit’ funcion that has a nozzle to fit your ear shape. The two cords are designed to stay out of the way while you exercise and can be tied at the back of the neck. The earphones are sweat proof and deliver great sound with a powerful bass sound from the high performance 9 mm speaker units. £40 www.bax-shop.co.uk

MINISUIT SPORTY ARMBAND

It may not be as high tech as some of the gadgets on the market but for practicality it is hard to beat. This armband, made of lightweight neoprene holds your phone firmly in place while you exercise. Washable in soap and water, the material can twist and bend but won’t lose its shape through numerous washings. Phone screen can still be used through the clear cover and there is a built in hidden key holder for your gym locker key. Band is wide enough to fit small arms with adjustable velcro. Fits Apple iPhone 5/5S/5C. £19.50 www.amazon.co.uk

FINIS NEPTUNE MP3 PLAYER

It may not be as high tech as some of the gadgets on the market but for practicality it is hard to beat. This armband, made of lightweight neoprene holds your phone firmly in place while you exercise. Washable in soap and water, the material can twist and bend but won’t lose its shape through numerous washings. Phone screen can still be used through the clear cover and there is a built in hidden key holder for your gym locker key. Band is wide enough to fit small arms with adjustable velcro. Fits Apple iPhone 5/5S/5C. £19.50 www.amazon.co.uk

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