If you’re serious about getting fit this January, then there are plenty of gadgets around to help you in that fitness quest.
Whether you’re running, going to the gym or just bouncing on a trampoline in your living room, a bit of technology can make the whole process a little less arduous.
They won’t guarantee losing pounds or toning up, that’s down to your willpower and devotion, but here’s 10 belly-busting gadgets that should make working out feel a lot less like a form of torture…
Zumba was one of the real fitness trends for 2011, and its popularity is set to grow in 2012. If you’re too shy to shake your booty in front of others at a Zumba class, or want to learn the ropes first, this Kinect game could be for you. Essentially you just copy the moves of your trainer, unlocking more dances as you master the routines. You’ll need an Xbox 360 console to use it on.
If you don’t yet own the Kinect add-on, then you can find out more about it by reading the link in this line.
This Nintendo Wii game allows four people to get up off the sofa and dance together, and it’s not just for fun. You can master calorie burning routines from Bananarama to The Black Eyed Peas. That’s ideal if you want to get fit without having to think about getting fit while also having fun.
The biggest-selling, and arguably the best fitness game on Kinect for the Microsoft Xbox 360, is back. There are now more than 90 hours of workouts to try on this game, and a new feature called “Run The World” which allows you to virtually jog through New York, Paris and London. Not bad if the weather’s bleak outside and you’re starting at four walls in your drab living room.
This device is a full body toner that targets fatty tissue and is meant to be particularly effective on bottoms, thighs, and, erm, “sagging necks”. It breaks the fat down and makes it easier to lose when combined with exercise.
If you have a smartphone then the Nike+ app is superb – it tracks your runs via GPS so you can plot how far you’ve gone each time and even provides you with the right workout tunes while charting your progress. It’ll work great on an iPod touch too, with the latest versions being so thin and light that you’ll hardly notice you’re pounding the streets with one about your person.
Or if you don’t fancy an iPod touch and Nike+, one of the latest Apple iPod nano or shuffle gizmos is just as useful to keep your heart pumping with a workout playlist. Find out more about the full Apple iPod range with this link. There are other Nike+ products right here.
The Wii Fit has been around for nearly four years now, and remains a big seller, due to it being more than the gimmick. It’s not just useful for turning exercise into a game or a game into exercise, the Nintendo Wii can also act as your own personal trainer and track your fitness levels.
The huge popularity of fitness games hasn’t massively caught on with portable gaming devices but this DS game comes with a pair of pedometers to analyse just how much exercise you get from walking and jogging around each day. You don’t even have to do very much. Just ensure you leave the car at home and take steps on the pavement instead.
If you have the room at home, then this will stop you having to pay a high price for a gym membership. It has eight levels of silent magnetic resistance and dual hand grip pulse sensors to check your heartbeat as you ride miles, and miles, without actually leaving your front door.
After all that exercise, you’re going to need to relax those muscles and this Shiatsu Plus Massager provides automatic deep kneading to relieve the tightest knots. Place it on a chair and the soothing heat will try and ease anything that’s stiff or tense by giving an upper, lower, full back or spot massage.
You’d never think anyone would be able to make blood pressure monitors look cool, but this one is stylish and connects to your iPhone. It’s scary enough to raise your blood pressure. But that wouldn’t be the right idea. Anyway, it’s a handy gadget to have if you want to keep an eye on whether all that fitness is causing problems for your body. Wrap it around your arm and see the results appear on the screen of any iOS device. You’ll find it on sale in various places across the UK, including the Apple Store online, naturally.