The 10 Best fitness gadgets

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You know the drill: new year means new plans to get fit. Make life easy with these clever and funky bits of kit...

1. Storm cotton hoodie

£55, underarmour.com

Storm has come up with a hi-tech cotton that repels water as soon as it touches its surface. The water simply beads up and runs straight off, keeping you dry and warm.

2. PoolMate watch

£69.99, swimovate.com

This waterproof watch has a detector which senses your strokes and laps when swimming. It can work out your lap count, average strokes per lap, speed, calories and more.

3. Scosche Rhythm pulse monitor

£99.95, apple.com/uk

Say goodbye to bulky chest straps and wires with the world's first lightweight pulse monitor that attaches to your forearm.

4. K-Swiss Blade Max Express

£89.99, kswiss.co.uk

Blades that bend with the movement of your foot are the new innovation in gym shoes, boasting far better performance than more traditional solid rubber soles.

5. HoMedics iheal

£44.99, boots.com

Speed up the body's natural healing process of musculoskeletal and soft tissue disorders caused by sport and fitness injuries by up to 30 per cent with this device.

6. Fitbit One

£79.99, fitbit.com

During the day, this clever little device tracks your steps, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed. Come nightfall, it measures your sleep cycle.

7. Salter body analyser bathroom scales

£36, johnlewis.com

Fear not if you've piled on some pounds – these scales break down what percentage of your body weight is fat, muscle and so on.

8. Talking strength ball

£18, sciencemuseumshop.co.uk

Aimed at enabling anyone aged 9+ to build up their muscles, this talking ball enables you to use programmable workouts or personalised regimes.

9. Bowers & Wilkins C5 headphones

£149.95, amazon.co.uk

Noise-isolating headphones can be life-changing, particularly if you're a gym user, where background noise can be a pain.

10. Garmin sports watch

£99 tesco.com/direct

Designed for runners and long distance walkers, the Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS sports watch helps you track how far and fast you've run or walked.

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