Kilos of turkey, whole rivers of beer, mountains of chocolates stuffed with even more chocolates – you ate it all and let’s be honest, it felt good didn’t it.
But now Christmas is over, and looking at yourself in the mirror just brings the realisation that a New Year is round the corner and that means it’s time for a diet.
So if you’re looking to make the 2012 Olympics, or at the very least be in good enough shape to watch them without needing a nap, here are some of the products, apps and websites that might help you get healthy and back into shape…
Ideal, for anyone who wants to follow their weight loss progress closely. The digital read out also shows your level of body fat and body water and they’re small enough to tuck away easily in the bathroom.
This free smartphone app is designed not to patronise but to genuinely help as you attempt what feels so impossible – giving up cigarettes. It provides daily focus tips, and best of all it calculates the money you’re saving by not smoking. So treat yourself to something nice as a reward.
This is a small but sturdy bike with eight levels of silent magnetic resistance, and two pre-set programmes. The hand grip sensor will record your pulse as you pedal, while your MPH/progress shows up on a blue LCD display.
Nike’s fitness tech and Apple’s music tech have had a longstanding and excellent relationship. The latest incarnation maps your runs, motivates you through your music playlists, and even connects to social media so your friends can cheer your progress mid-workout.
For those who are into their yoga, or just want to unwind, a “magical cool mist” combines with “colourful LED lights” to create what is supposed to be a relaxing ambience in your home. There’s also the option to have the sound of flowing streams and waterfalls to relax your mood.
This app gives hugely detailed workout advice on what you need to do to shape and tone every body part you could ever think of. It is a well-designed app full of the kind of expert opinion that costs small fortunes down the gym.
Vibration workouts are very popular right now and this machine has a 250 watt motor to shake the plate as you exercise on it. There’s variable frequency (20-50 Hz) and four pre-programmed workout plans. You also get a free exercise mat, strap and DVD.
If you have no idea how many calories there are in a boiled egg (74) or a Starbucks Tall Latte (200), this is the site for you. It is really useful for keeping track of exactly what you’re eating, and whether or not what you’re eating is healthy.
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