Things to make life better and easier for you
1 Fitbit Ultra – £79.99 from play.com
This stylish device is a new breed of tracker which monitors your day-to-day activity, not just when you exercise but as you go about your daily grind.
It sends all the data to your personal online, tracks steps, distance, sleep patterns and even has a stair counter.
2 The Burn Machine – £119.99 from firebox.com
This portable piece of kit lets you replicate the punches of a boxer on a speed bag – one of the most effective tools to build muscle strength and improve cardiovascular endurance.
Be prepared for it to take some mastering.
3 Pedometer – £2.99 from Argos
Looking for something cheap and cheerful? A pedometer could be just the thing.
Wear it while you work out – or just when you’re out and about – and it will tell you how many steps you’ve taken and how many calories you’ve burnt. You should be aiming to take 10,000 steps a day.
4 Everlast stretch bands – £16.45 from amazon.co.uk
Use these stretchy bands to perform a variety of exercises. It’s a great way to tone and strengthen key muscles as well as adding an exciting new dimension to your workout.
5 Eat Fit cutlery – from £69.99 at firebox.com
Just when you think they might have thought of everything, something quite unbelievable such as this shows up.
But there are benefits – the knife and fork weigh in at 1kg each and, if you’re a slave to the dessert, the spoon tips the scales at 2kg. Get a workout at breakfast, lunch and dinner!
6 H20 Surge Sportwrap Headphones – £38.24 fromfirebox.com
Proven to be a highly effective way to lose a few pounds and improve overall fitness, swimming can become a little lonesome after a few lengths.
So, with your MP3 player protected in one of the many available waterproof cases, use these earbuds, which give pitch-perfect sound, to enjoy your carefully crafted in-water playlist.
7 Pineapple Pilates inflatable fitness ball and DVD – £14.99 from JJB Sports
Tone up from the privacy of your living room with this fitness ball and instruction DVD.
8Fitness Training Set – £80 from ubergames.co.uk
Find yourself a partner, select an outdoor space, agree a routine and have some fun with this fitness set.
The nifty carry bag includes 10 training hurdles, a four-metre speed ladder, resistor belt and 25 marker cones. It’s great for a lark in the park as well as for more serious workouts.
9 Zaggora HotPants – £44.99 from firebox.com
These cycle-style shorts with clever bio-ceramic technology claim to help make a difference to your weight-loss programme.
The pants reflect body heat to increase perspiration by up to 80 per cent – delivering a 60-minute workout in just 20 minutes. So the harder you work, the better they perform.
10 Powerspin – £19.99 from powerspin.co.uk
This circular tube has a steel ball spinning inside. Rotate it until the ball runs smoothly around the inner tube to tone the arms, shoulders, chest and abs. Simple idea. Effective bit of kit.