Every week we come across all kinds of weird and wonderful health and fitness gadgets, from Jawbone’s UP bracelet which tracks everything you do, to the ear lighting system Valkee, which stops you getting down in the winter months.
We’d argue that nothing can beat a pair of good trainers and the open road, but fitness gadgets, accessories and games can make brilliant (and super thoughtful) gifts, whether it’ll help a loved one feel more motivated, give them a way to track their work outs or just equip them with a fancy new gadget to accompany their run.
You can also check out our list of health and fitness apps for the iPhone too.
UP by Jawbone
We first heard about Jawbone's UP bracelet earlier in the year and we were very excited to see it officially launched in November. Basically UP tracks EVERYTHING you do, from the calories you've burned and the steps you've taken throughout the day to the amount of deep sleep you've had and the meals you've eaten. There are then many different ways to record all of that data, share it with your contacts if you'd like and even set yourself goals for the future. The bracelet and app don't just track your activity either, you can set yourself reminders and even a morning alarm, which means the bracelet gently vibrates on your wrist. When it comes to the bracelet itself, it's been specially designed to be as comfortable as possible throughout the day, it's durable, light, sweat-proof, water resistant and comes in a few different colours. It speaks to the app via an audio jack hidden at the end under a little cap. Obviously it'd be great if it didn't require you to hook them together like that manually, but the bracelet's not that clever. Not yet anyway. The UP would make an ideal gift for those who want to eat better, those who want to track their exercise or just anyone interested in their personal well-being. Available from the Apple Store for £79.95 and you can choose between a large or small bracelet so it's not going to irritate you.