The 8 worst fitness gadgets of all time #RunningWeek: JumpSnap, Gravity Strider, Hula Chair

Garages across the nation are crammed to the rafters with dusty dumbbells, ex-exercise bikes and untrodden treadmills, testament to the spirit being willing but the flesh being lazy. It’s no surprise, then, that quick-fix fads offering gym bodies without the actual effort have made millions for their inventors. We’re all guilty of watching those celeb-laden infomercials, laughing heartily, before slowly coming …

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Holly BrockwellThe 8 worst fitness gadgets of all time #RunningWeek: JumpSnap, Gravity Strider, Hula Chair
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shinyshiny speaks to The Fat Girls’ Guide to Running’s Julie ‘Fatty’ Creffield on why being overweight isn’t an excuse to not run #RunningWeek

Known online as ‘Fatty’, Julie Creffield isn’t your typical, skinny, runner. In 2003, weighing almost 20 stone, a work colleague convinced Julie to take part in a 3k fun run, but was unable to complete it, having done no training. She was in her early twenties, unable to run for more than 30 seconds at a time, and had to …

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Hayley Minnshinyshiny speaks to The Fat Girls’ Guide to Running’s Julie ‘Fatty’ Creffield on why being overweight isn’t an excuse to not run #RunningWeek
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Better Together ad starts Twitter storm, spawns meme: meet #PatronisingBTLady

This week the lid was lifted on a new ad created by the team behind Better Together, a campaign dedicated to keeping Scotland as part of the UK in the upcoming referendum. (You can watch the ad for yourself here.) The ad is clearly targeting female voters, as it features a woman pondering over some of the key issues surrounding …

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Becca CaddyBetter Together ad starts Twitter storm, spawns meme: meet #PatronisingBTLady
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Philips will be the first TVs to feature Spotify Connect

It looks like Philips TVs are going to be the first to support Spotify Connect, as TP Vision announced its Android-powered range will get access to the streaming service from September. Obviously, this service will mean that users can stream music from their mobile device through the TV, but, as Spotify Connect works through internet connection rather than Bluetooth, it …

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Hayley MinnPhilips will be the first TVs to feature Spotify Connect
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Who says you can’t look good running? 10 brands mixing fashion with function #RunningWeek

One of the biggest stepping stones when it comes to your first run is the thought of looking rubbish in your baggy old T-shirt, leggings and ugly worn-out trainers, but, with so many sport and fashion brands looking to put the FIT into your fitness gear, this shouldn’t be an excuse. From Stella McCartney to H&M, anyone who’s anyone is …

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Hayley MinnWho says you can’t look good running? 10 brands mixing fashion with function #RunningWeek
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Who says you can’t look good running? 10 brands mixing fashion with function #RunningWeek

Missed Part 1? Go back here. 6)Nike and Liberty (Seen above) Another amazing collaboration, Nike and Liberty London have teamed up to incorporate Nike’s trademark trainers with Liberty’s trademark prints, which seems like a winning idea even before you see the outcome. The Air Max 1, Air Max 90, Nike Roshe Run, Internationalist, Blazer High and Dunk Sky High have …

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Hayley MinnWho says you can’t look good running? 10 brands mixing fashion with function #RunningWeek
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Mobile rumours: Nexus X, Gear Solo, Galaxy Note 4 Fingerprint Sensor

The world of mobile news is scary and complicated, with rumours flying about all over the place about what the many different companies are planning on doing. If you don’t know what you’re looking for then chances are you won’t get very far, so to ease your burden here are some of today’s biggest mobile rumours. 1. Nexus 6 is …

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Tom PritchardMobile rumours: Nexus X, Gear Solo, Galaxy Note 4 Fingerprint Sensor
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10 best sports bras for working up a sweat [part two]: Shock Absorber, Anita Active, No Jiggle #RunningWeek

In case you missed part one, we’re rounding up the top sports bras, whether you like to pound some serious pavement, or are more of a treadmill tourist. Read on, and make wobbling while you run a thing of the past… Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra A fave of serious runners, this promises to reduce bounce by up to 78%, …

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Diane Shipley10 best sports bras for working up a sweat [part two]: Shock Absorber, Anita Active, No Jiggle #RunningWeek
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10 best sports bras for working up a sweat: Panache, Berlei, Nike #RunningWeek

When you’re running (or jogging, or even just walking briskly for some of us, let’s face it), a good sports bra is essential if you don’t want to cause yourself both temporary discomfort and long-term damage. Luckily, we’re living in a time of some of the most advanced, well-designed sports bras known to woman. Here are ten of our faves, …

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Diane Shipley10 best sports bras for working up a sweat: Panache, Berlei, Nike #RunningWeek
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Apple rumours: Large screen iPad, camera flash components leaked

Those Apple rumours just keep coming, especially coming up to the iPhone 6′s rumoured launch window, and keeping up with them all is proving to be a difficult task. To keep you up to speed, here is today’s round-up of the biggest Apple rumours and news. Larger, 12.9-inch, iPads could be released next year. You what what tablets really need? …

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Tom PritchardApple rumours: Large screen iPad, camera flash components leaked
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A new robot brain can learn from the internet

Researchers have built a new robotic ‘brain’ that can learn from the internet. While most of us feel our brain cells dying as we watch endless YouTube videos instead of getting on with something useful, Robo Brain only becomes more intelligent. As the BBC reports, it learns new skills and understanding by browsing millions of web pages and collating data …

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Diane ShipleyA new robot brain can learn from the internet

Hyperlapse: Instagram launches new time lapse video app in the UK

Instagram has launched a brand new app built to capture high-quality videos while you’re moving. Think of it as a time lapse video, but you don’t have to sit pointing your phone at a river or comet shower for 72 hours. It’s like awesome time-lapse in a much shorter time frame. In a post on the official Instagram blog, everyone’s favourite …

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Becca CaddyHyperlapse: Instagram launches new time lapse video app in the UK
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Brazilian juice company launches a wearable: meet the do bem maquina

A juice company called do bem is the first brand in Brazil to launch its own wearable, the do bem maquina. Yep, even non-tech companies are making wearables now. And you know what? It looks pretty damn good. According to PSFK, the natural juice brand teamed up with a New York-based agency called Huge to create the subtle, black wearable. Granted it …

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Becca CaddyBrazilian juice company launches a wearable: meet the do bem maquina
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The link between music and exercise: shinyshiny talks to Jennie Batten about the best songs to run to #RunningWeek

While music tends to be too personal to make generalisations, it’s long been known that there’s a scientific basis for songs that can help improve your performance when you’re running. If you’ve ever felt yourself lagging at a party, and then your favourite song comes on and you suddenly find yourself with bags of energy, then you’ll know that the …

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Sadie HaleThe link between music and exercise: shinyshiny talks to Jennie Batten about the best songs to run to #RunningWeek
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20 Gadgets, apps and accessories to make your running experience better #RunningWeek (part four)

16. Jumbl Bluetooth Adaptor If you’re listening to music in your phone, or a lager MP3 player that can’t be clipped onto your person, you aren’t stuck with an armband being your only choice. The Jumbl adaptor connects via Bluetooth and allows you to control and listen to your music wirelessly, so you can stick your phone or MP3 player into …

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Tom Pritchard20 Gadgets, apps and accessories to make your running experience better #RunningWeek (part four)
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20 Gadgets, apps and accessories to make your running experience better #RunningWeek (part three)

11. Skulpt Aim One of your aims in running is to help trim down your body fat and build up some muscle, the problem is that virtually no fitness tracker actually monitors your muscles to see how you’re doing. That’s where Skulpt Aim comes in. By strapping it to a particular part of your body, the device is able to detect …

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Tom Pritchard20 Gadgets, apps and accessories to make your running experience better #RunningWeek (part three)
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20 Gadgets, apps and accessories to make your running experience better #RunningWeek (part two)

6. Woodside 2 Litre Hydration Pack Another hydration pack, this one’s a little cheaper than the Camelbak but it’s still just as useful. It’s got the refillable water bladder and plenty of room to keep your things in, so if you’re going on a long run, or you just don’t want to carry your water in your hand, this is …

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Tom Pritchard20 Gadgets, apps and accessories to make your running experience better #RunningWeek (part two)
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20 Gadgets, apps and accessories to make your running experience better #RunningWeek

Running isn’t quite as simple as pulling on a pair of trainers and jogging around the nearby streets. Sure, that might work for some people but for most of us that isn’t particularly enjoyable. Just throwing yourself out there might lead to thoughts like ‘how far have I run?’, ‘how long have I been running for?’, ‘where am I going to keep …

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Tom Pritchard20 Gadgets, apps and accessories to make your running experience better #RunningWeek
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SOUNDSIGHT has solved all life’s problems with camera headphones

When cameras began to be built into our phones, we thought that was it. Where else did a camera need to be placed to make it any more convenient? Well, it turns out our headphones, that’s where! SOUNDSIGHT has released a pair of headphones with an on-board camera that instantly captures video and audio, meaning you don’t have to take …

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Hayley MinnSOUNDSIGHT has solved all life’s problems with camera headphones
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Welcome to #RunningWeek – the world of fitness tech, workout gear & interviews with inspirational women

Over the next week, the shinyshiny team will be exploring all things running, workouts and getting active. We’ll help you choose the right running shoes, bras and accessories for you, explore the merging of fashion and fitness, provide you with some much-needed Pinterest and YouTube-related motivation, take a look at some of the best (and worst!) workout tracking gadgets and chat …

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Becca CaddyWelcome to #RunningWeek – the world of fitness tech, workout gear & interviews with inspirational women