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15 Gadgets, games and apps to keep you fit, healthy and active

Struggling with your New Year Resolutions? Trying to stay motivated? Here are some apps and gadgets to keep you going.
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Topic: Hardware
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Are you trying hard to work at your New Year fitness resolutions but you feel like you would like to try something new to keep you on track?  Here are some apps, gadgets and games to keep you on track. Kudos to BCSWomen for their input to the collection.

The Garmin Forerunner 305 has GPS and a heart rate monitor to track your progress. There's an option to run against a virtual partner to help you keep to your desired 5k and 10k time. It tracks cycling routes too and saves your progress onto your PC. The battery life is excellent too.

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The Nike+ GPS app tracks running distance, personal best and session times. It gives you challenges that you can compete in via the Nike Running website so you can compete against other people. It sends updates to Facebook or Twitter so you can get some really motivational comments from family and friends.

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With 85 workouts to help you, this mobile app gives you personal training wherever you are. you can set your fitness level and your goal.  You can get a range of workouts that meet your criteria whether  you are a beginner or a fitness fanatic.

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Strava Cycling tracks your cycling routes, speed and distance.   You can browse through recent rides you have completed, have a look at your stats including number of rides, miles ridden, altitude climbed and average time spent on the bike.

It shows your improvements or areas to work on in your training.

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If you want to be able to do 100 pushups in 6 weeks then this is the app for you.  This training program takes 30 minutes of your time each week. See how many pushups you can do for the initial test and follow the appropriate column.

If you had started doing this on January 1st, you could impress your love by completing 100 pushups on Valentines day. However, starting this program now will get you fit in time for spring.

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Fitbit has a 3D motion sensor that tracks your steps and stairs climbed. You can track your calories burned and watch how your elevation changes over the day.  Log your activities such as your workouts and calculate calories eaten and burned.

You can even track your sleep pattern, monitoring how often you wake up throughout the night.

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Get a reality check on how much you are eating when your weight threatens to creep upward with the Calorie Counter app from the App store.  It has a database of over 1 million food items to help you watch your weight.  You can see how many calories you have remaining for that day and how many calories you have burned up in exercise.

Certainly an app to make you get up and do some exercise if you want to eat those fries later.

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Wii Fit  plus is designed to change the way you exercise.  From yoga to downhil skiing, there is something for everyone.  It tracks your progress too and lets you personlise your routine.

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Get an intense dance workout with Just Dance and improve your ability.  Follow the dance coach to improve your style and your skills. You can workout with other people too.

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This Zumba Kinect game is a current favourite. Compared to the Wii fit, Kinect is far stricter at making sure you actually complete the exercises.  It makes sure you do not cheat.

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Keep track of everything with this app from Shape Up Club.  Personalise a plan for your weight and age. Keep track of your food intakes and your workouts.  Check your progress on charts and stay motivated. The app is easy to use on the go.

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Not a gadget per se, but Healthmonth is worth a mention. Each month, you get 10 lives and sign up to rules that you devise. You get points for following them and lose lives if you don't. It adds various elements of gameplay to the problem of sticking to your resolutions.

If you finish a month with one or more lives, you win that month (and get added to the "wall of awesomeness").

It's a bit fiddly and there are some strange game elements that might not quite work for you.   You commit to your goals for a month, it then resets so you get to choose fresh rules.

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The Swimovate Pool Mate watch keeps track of the number of lengths you swim, calories burnt, time actually spent swimming and rest time. You can download your swim logs on to a PC/Mac where you can see information about the number of strokes per length and other efficiency factors that give an indication on how good your technique is

It is useful to see progress charted on the software and it is great if you don't want to count lengths.  You can focus on improving your technique instead.

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The Splashpath app lets you track your swimming progress -- if you remember how many lengths you have swam – hence the benefit of using a Swimovate watch. You get a weekly email with a chart of your progress during the week.

There is a comparison to the previous week to see whether you have done more or less swimming. It also updates Facebook so you can bask in the glowing comments from your family and friends.

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Speedo Aquabeat is a waterproof mp3 player so you can listen to music whilst you exercise in the pool.

 

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