Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 August 2015

Best fitness gadgets

Chosen by Rebecca Armstrong

Published 30/04/2011

<b>My Health Coach </b><br/>
This DS title is a digital exercise journal that comes with a sleek pedometer. At the end of each day, plug in your pedometer and the title will add your steps to a running total, giving you goals to aim for plus tips on keeping active and eating healthily. <br/>
<b>Price:</b> £17.43 - www.amazon.co.uk
My Health Coach
This DS title is a digital exercise journal that comes with a sleek pedometer. At the end of each day, plug in your pedometer and the title will add your steps to a running total, giving you goals to aim for plus tips on keeping active and eating healthily.
Price: £17.43 - www.amazon.co.uk
Nike+ iPod
This is a little sensor that connects your iPod and your Nike+ trainers, turning them into a package that manages how you run, which music will motivate you and gives you set workout times. When you're done running, connect the iPod to your computer and it will upload your fitness details to help you track your progress.
Price: £19 - Store.apple.com; 0800 048 0408
Finis Lap Track
Here's a clever device that will aid anyone trying to up their game in the pool. The Lap Track counts the numbers of laps you swim and the time each took to complete. Simply attach it to the side via its suction pads and press it each time you pass to keep a record of your watery prowess.
Price: £43 www.mailsports.co.uk; 01628 529 206
MiLife
While online training programmes don't really compare to a flesh-and-blood personal trainer shouting at you to run just a little bit further, they are a hell of a lot cheaper. MiLife combines virtual advice, exercise plans and fitness targets with an activity-monitoring wrist band and scales to keep you on the straight, slim and narrow.
Price: £99 (includes subscription for one year) www.MiLife.com
Price: £1,175 www.kettlerdirect.com" data-title="Ergo Race
Too nervous to ride the mean streets for real? This hi-tech racer hooks up to a plasma TV and uses "Tour Concept" software (£145) to give sitting-room cyclists a host of virtual tracks, including the Tour de France route, to test themselves against.
Price: £1,175 www.kettlerdirect.com" >
Ergo Race
Too nervous to ride the mean streets for real? This hi-tech racer hooks up to a plasma TV and uses "Tour Concept" software (£145) to give sitting-room cyclists a host of virtual tracks, including the Tour de France route, to test themselves against.
Price: £1,175 www.kettlerdirect.com
Wii Fit
Currently the bestselling game in the country, Nintendo's Wii Fit comes with a sturdy balance board that's used to gauge skills on everything from yoga to step aerobics, ski jumping to jogging. A fun way to get moving, especially for gym-phobics.
Price: £69 www.littlewoodsdirect.com; 08448 222 321 Click here to purchase this item
Speedo Aquabeat
There are a number of waterproof MP3 players on the market but for simplicity and performance, the Aquabeat is a winner. It stores 1GB of tunes, can be used in water up to three metres deep and makes endless lane swimming infinitely more enjoyable.
Price: £75 www.speedo.com
Polar S625X
Keeping track of your heart rate can be a key part of effective training and Polar monitors and among the best on the market. For an extra £30 you can also purchase an IrDa USB which allows you to transfer information from the monitor to your PC and back again.
Price: £179.99 - polar.fitness megastore.co.uk; 0844 800 7816
Satmap Active 10
A boon for wayward hikers or bikers, the Active 10 is the only satnav that works with Ordnance Survey maps. Having the whole country in your hand will stop you getting into a flap plus a London A-Z of bike routes is coming soon.
Price: £293.61 - www.satmap.com; 0845 873 0101
Fitness Cube
Home exercise equipment can cost a fortune and take up acres of space. The Fitness Cube costs the same as a month's gym membership and folds into a neat box ? it opens out into a weight machine with a range of accessories.
Price: £99 - www.decathlon.co.uk

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