Fitbit One

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Fitness technology’s come a long way since the invention of the Bullworker. Here’s the high-tech answer to fighting the flab.

Fitbit One

£80

This tiny wireless device improves on existing pedometer/fitness trackers in several key ways. Like key rival Nike+ Fuelband it's designed to be worn all day, tracking movement and tying that to activity level. Like Fuelband, activity can be wirelessly synchronised, via Bluetooth with iPhone or computer etc. Where the One departs is first in offering an enhanced battery life of minimum five days per charge. That's extra important, as the One also acts as a vibrating, silent alarm when worn in bed so you can get out for an early run without waking up your partner, while the One measures your sleep quality through the night. Fitbit are also building an "ecosystem" of fitness devices that interact with each other.

www.fitbit.com

Denon AH-W150

£150

These wireless Bluetooth sports headphones are designed to be ideal for gym and outdoors workouts, and might be the first headphones to truly crack the fitness market. Why? As well as sweatproof construction and unshakeable ear fit with multiple in-ear moulds in the box - both of which have been common among sports headsets for a while - there's Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity, microphone and one-touch button for taking calls and a serious seven hour battery life. Plus there's some smart design touches, most notably the reflective neckband, adding much-needed visibility for early morning or late afternoon winter runs etc.

www.denon-headphones.eu

Polar RC3 GPS

from £200

Polar's first attempt at an integrated GPS watch is also one of the lightest (58g) and slimmest (15.7mm) on the market. That, combined with a battery that's powerful enough to run for 12 days with an hour of activity per day, or 12 hours of GPS use, means the RC3 GPS is one of the first GPS watches you can also use as your everyday watch (if you still wear one, that is). It's also IPX7 waterproofed - fine for running in rain, not for swimming laps. Optional extras include heartrate tracking and bicycle cadence sensor (but not pedal power).

www.polaruk.co.uk

Adidas miCoach Connect Heart Rate Monitor for iPod & iPhone

£50

Adidas' miCoach range is its rival to Nike+ - in other words, it's a range of trackers that add together with phone and computer logging to offer fitness tracking, encouragement and goal-planning for different variables. The Connect Heart Rate Monitor comes with strap, heartrate monitor pod and wireless connection pod that fits to the bottom of your iPhone. You can then listen to heartrate zone prompts as you work out via your iPhone's earbuds, as you listen to music etc. The miCoach Connect devices use ANT+, which is a common fitness device protocol - so may also work with other fitness equipment also.

www.adidas.co.uk

Asics Running LED Light

£7

The first problem with running or riding in the winter is inertia - it feels warm inside, it looks horrible outside. But if you get out and layer up appropriately, chances are you'll warm up quickly and you'll feel better and fitter come the spring than most. But there is an issue with running or riding in winter that can't be fixed with layers - lack of light. Forward-pointing light for trail-running comes courtesy of headtorches like the Petzl Nao. But for simple visibility, this Asics LED is ideal. Light, bright, with flashing mode and clip to attach just about anywhere.

www.asics.co.uk

Nike+ Fuelband

£129

First came the Nike+ shoepod which worked with Apple's iPod to work out pace and distance when running. But in today's society, we lead such sedentiary lifestyles, even a morning's run may not be to everyone's cup of tea to get the calorie burn rate up.

With the fuelband, you can see how much calories or fuel points you accrue on the move. The idea is to encourage you to take a walk rather than take a bus, for example.

You can sync it very easily via the app on Android or Apple and view your points on the Nike+ website.

The one downside is the poor battery life. The device is only good-to-go for two or three days before needing to be charged up. If it were a little longer, say a week, it would be a vast improvement.

www.nike.com/fuelband

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