Right, get on the floor and give me ten! Because it’s Get Fit Week at Girl About Tech. As I type I’m sipping on an apple, spinach, celery and cucumber smoothie – a recipe from Jason Vale’s 7lb In 7 Days Super Juice Diet. It’s all part of a mission I’ve been given by Philips – I’ll tell you more next week.
In the meantime, should you have worked your way through all the chocolates and food wrapped in bacon left over after Christmas and are frankly, feeling bigger than a heifer with a Greggs loyalty card, grab those XL jogging bottoms and get healthy with these fine gadgets.
1. Walkman NWZ-W273 MP3 player, £59, Sony
Anyone that’s ever been garotted by a headphone cable mid-sprint on a running machine knows that wireless music is the way forward. And so do Sony, who have conjured up this genius self-contained Walkman headset. Available in blue, black and white, it’s got space for 4GB of music (around 1,000 songs) and it’s completely waterproof (to 2 metres). This means you can wear it when you’re swimming, or in the shower after your workout – as long as you promise to wash behind your ears before you get out.
2. Le Duo XL juicer, £149.99, Magimix
If you’re trying to shed the pounds, fresh juice is your friend (just be sure to drink it through a straw so it won’t rot your teeth). The thing is, some juicers look rather ugly there on your countertop, something Magimix’s latest can’t be accused of. It’s actually a combined juicer and citrus press, with an extra-large feeding tube that can handle whole apples and a powerful 400W commercial-grade induction motor. All the parts are dishwasher safe, and the ‘Plus’ version also has a smoothie-making attachment.
3. Nike+ Kinect Training for XBox 360, £39.99, Nike
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Wii session, but for a serious workout, nothing beats the XBox 360 with Kinect (my review of XBox’s other excellent fitness titles will explain why). Here, Kinect’s sensors monitor how your body moves, while Nike’s virtual personal trainers ‘assess’ your fitness, identify areas for improvement, and create a workout plan for you. As you exercise, you’ll be alerted if your stance and movements are wrong, so you can’t cheat and do the whole thing from the sofa while eating a Mars Bar. Darn it.
4. Smart Body Analyser scales, £TBA, Withings
Previewed at CES last week, these scales don’t just weigh you – they read your body fat, heart rate, and monitor the air quality. But why is that last one important? Well, the scales are meant to be kept in your bedroom, where high levels of C02 (i.e. not enough fresh air) can produce health problems that affect sleep, such as headaches, dizziness and sweating. Who knew?
5. Fitbit One wireless activity tracker, £79.99, Fitbit
Counts your steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned and stairs climbed when you’re on the go. But that’s not all – attach it to the included wristband before bed and it can monitor your sleep quality. It even wakes you by gently vibrating at a time you’ve scheduled online via your PC or Fitbit’s mobile apps (for Apple and Android). It also has a clock, and gives you motivational messages. ‘Put down the fork!’ may or may not be one of them.