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Great gadgets and apps to get you on the move

Looking to get healthy this summer? These nifty devices will help you along the way.

Fitbit Flex

Wearable technology is really popular and many of the products available make it easy for you to keep track of your daily activities and fitness levels. The Fitbit Flex helps you keep on top of the number of steps you’ve taken that day, the calories you’ve burnt and your sleep patterns. If you enjoy going for a swim, the band is waterproof up to 10 metres, too. To really get the best out of the product, it’s best to sync it with your computer or compatible Apple or Android device.

Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones

Heading out for a power walk or a jog? These lightweight earphones are sweat-proof and designed to keep up with you while you’re exercising. Not only do they have decent sound, they still allow you to hear your surroundings and be seen at night. There’s also a reversible armband where you can store your mobile while you’re on the go, or your headphones when you’re done.

Revitive LV

As summer’s here and the heat is rising, swollen feet or aching legs are often just part and parcel of the warmer season. However, this handy app helps you relieve pain and reduce poor circulation, even if you’re just sitting in front of the TV or at the table. The LV uses electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to cause the leg muscles to contract, improving blood flow. Simply put your feet on the device and sit back while the pain floats away.

Way of Life app: iPhone

Whether you want to finally kick smoking to the curb or increase your water intake, this app will help you build new habits and break old ones, whatever your goals may be. You’ll receive multiple daily reminders, have the ability to make notes on your progress, view various charts to check how you’re going and allow you to archive completed goals. It’s strangely addictive to use and that sense of achievement that you’ll feel when you reach your goals will be worth the effort. 

My Fitness Pal app: iPhone & Android

If you’re trying to trim down and get a bit healthier, this is a great app to help you stay on top of your diet, by recording your food intake and weight loss progress. When you enter your goal weight, birth date, current weight, gender, height and rough activity levels, the app will calculate how much protein, carbohydrates, fat cholesterol and sodium you need on a daily basis. It will also create helpful graphs for you, showing your weekly calorie intake and progress.