It’s the new year and that can only mean one thing… you’re ready to detox and start working off those extra calories you gobbled up over the festive period.
So whether you’re just a little health-conscious, a complete fitness fanatic or simply looking for something to aid you getting back in shape, I’ve put together a list of my favorite health-related gadgets to help you get there and feel your best for the year ahead.
Available from £275 at Powerdot
Using electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to activate your muscle fibers so you can get stronger and recover faster, the PowerDot works via a simple app on your phone, which lets you control your workouts. You select the muscle groups you want to target and an impulse is sent to the pods that causes your muscles to activate.
The feeling PowerDot creates as it stimulates your muscles is a little bizarre and can be somewhat intense depending on the settings you chose, but you quickly get used to it. It really does feel like it’s doing something positive to your muscles, whether that’s the case or not remains to be seen (I haven’t been using it for too long yet) but my body does feel like I’ve worked out harder the next day. It’s also compact enough to take on travels with you if you’re worried you’ll be missing some workouts while on holiday or work trip; a great gift for the fitness freak in your life.
Jaybird Run earphones
Available from Amazon
I’ve tried plenty of wireless “sports” earphones, but what has always surprised me is that most of them just aren’t really that comfortable, and quite shockingly, aren’t well designed for exercise. In most cases, wireless sports headphones are bulky, and in my experience, a chunky or heavy set of earphones do not bode well for active pursuits, as any kind of strong movement usually means they just fall out.
But JayBird’s latest pair of fitness buds, the JayBird Run earphones, are quite the opposite. Not only do they have no wires connecting the two ear pieces to give you more freedom, but they actually stay there. They are also one of the most comfortable sports earphones I’ve ever worn, even more so than the Jabra Elite Sport, which I also like. Sound quality is also superb, and best of all they are loud if you need them to be. (Something that many earphones suffer from these days, I think.) These earphones are by far my favorite for any type of activities; they have it all.