It’s amazing how January sees us all heading down the gym or the pool to get in shape after indulging all over Christmas.
But what do you do when the novelty wears off and the thought of getting all hot and sweaty in front of complete strangers proves too much? How do you stay in shape throughout the rest of the year?
Like many retailers, John Lewis reported a massive surge in health and fitness gadgets in January.
But the reality is that many of us have abandoned our healthy New Year’s resolutions by mid-January, at least according to a recent survey in the Birmingham Mail.
The key, it seems, isn’t just exercising more, it’s also about eating and drinking properly.
For example, juicing and blending is more popular than ever, with John Lewis selling a personal blender every 90 seconds in January this year.
Sales of the NutriBullet were up a staggering 120 per cent year-on-year compared to January 2015 – illustrating the nation’s fresh commitment towards healthy living.
Not content with eating healthily, many of us are also tracking our activity and sleep patterns too using the latest intuitive wearable technology.
Again retailers like John Lewis have observed an unprecedented demand for sleep and activity trackers with sales of the Withings Activité Pop Activity & Sleep Tracking Watch, in particular, having increased by 84 per cent year-on-year compared to January 2015.
But they aren’t the only gadgets out there to keep you in shape. Here we look at the top 10 gadgets to keep you healthy throughout the year.
This smart watch and fitness tracker is the perfect gadget to complement a healthy lifestyle. With real-time activity tracking, the Activité Pop monitors walking, running, swimming and sleeping. The long battery life means it can be worn throughout the day and night. This fashionable device does everything you need and more.
The UP3 wristband from Jawbone is packed full of advanced sensors to record accurate data on your activity, sleep and heart rate. Compatible with your smartphone and Smart Coach, this tracker has a food logging feature as well as a motivation function which delivers personalised insights. A handy free app also helps explain the data, making it easier to achieve personal goals.
Misfit has teamed up with swimwear label Speedo to create a Shine tracker that’s specially designed for swimmers, allowing them to easily track the number of laps they swim per session. This easy-to-use gadget helps track progress in the pool, but can also be used during other activities such as running and cycling. The long lasting tracker is water resistant up to 50 metres and comes with an app to help monitor progress.
The Tefal VC101616 steamer is an affordable addition to the kitchen and is designed to retain flavours, salts and vitamins for a healthier cooking alternative. This 9L model features 3 steam baskets for preparing individual dishes, such as vegetables, fish or dumplings. It also comes with a 60-minute timer and auto-warmer to make sure your food is ready to eat when you are.
Start your health kick the right way with the, strangely named, Sage BPB550BA the Boss To Go Blender. This personal blender uses a powerful 1000 watt motor and Sage’s Kinetix blending action to blend up to 42% finer, meaning smooth and easy-to-drink juice can be achieved within seconds. This must-have gadget makes boosting nutrition more enjoyable than ever.
The recently updated version of the hugely popular Shine activity and sleep tracker, Misfit Shine 2 is a must have for those wanting to get in shape. With a slimmer, smarter and stronger design, it knows what you want it to do, and can withstand rigorous workout sessions. Fitted with a replaceable coin cell battery that’ll last up to 6 months, this tracker does not need charging and its Bluetooth 4.1 function ensures speedy data delivery.
Sticking to a healthy diet has never been so easy with the Vitamix S30. Whether you are creating your favourite soups or experimenting with new smoothie recipes, this personal blender with a grab-and-go cup allows you to take full control and achieve the exact textures you want. With variable speeds, a pulse feature and a vented lid, the Vitamix S30 is guaranteed to have you feeling fresh and healthy.
The Trainer Ti100 in-ear headphones from guitar brand Gibson give you all the wireless freedom you need to help you stay focused. Developed in partnership with Usain Bolt, they offer a comfortable fit whilst delivering an exceptional sound quality. With a battery life of up to 6.5 hours the stylish headphones provide maximum freedom of movement for longer. In addition, these headphones are well equipped against the British weather, with a WeatherSeal protecting you against the rain leaving no excuse to not get exercising.
Protecting yourself against the elements is a key part of staying fit and healthy, and with the Dyson Humidifier, air has never felt so fresh. With intelligent climate control and ultraviolet cleanse technology; the Dyson Humidifier is cleverly designed to hygienically cleanse the air around you with even room coverage. Humidifiers can prevent health related issues including dry skin, asthma and allergies, and John Lewis has seen a 94% increase in sales of the Dyson Humidifier up on January 2015 meaning it is a bound to be a popular choice for those wanting to hydrate their skin this winter.