Christmas Gift Guide: 12 presents for fitness fanatics

Withings Wi-Fi body scale (£130)

The humble scale has evolved from an instrument that induces shameful guilt in your bathroom to one that multiplies said guilt ten-fold by sharing your progress with your Facebook and Twitter friends. Calculating your BMI, fat and lean mass, an accompanying Android and iOS app lets you track your stats after you've wirelessly uploaded them.

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LUMOback (US$150)

Pelvic tilt angle. Probably not something you give much thought to, but if you've got a good one then your posture and back should be pretty happy. If not then LUMOback can help. Strapped to your back, it chats to your iDevice via Bluetooth and gently vibrates/nags you to sit up straight. It also records your steps and how many times you stand up everyday.

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Finis Neptune SwiMP3 player (£100)

These clever waterproof headphones have 4GB of built-in memory and pump your tunes directly into your brain thanks to bone conducting tech. Clip onto your goggles and dive in. Worth buying for the name alone.

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Magellan Echo smart running watch (£130)

If you don't mind carrying your phone with you while you're chasing pavements then the Magellan Echo is the smartwatch for you. Streaming information to your phone in real-time, you can see detailed info about your pace, timing, heart rate and more, before uploading data to apps like MapMyRun and Strava.

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Check Assesment Device (£225)

Check bucks the trend of wearable fitness gadgets that record your progress. Instead, it uses low voltage currents (TENS) to stimulate your peripheral nervous system. Don't be scared, it's just assessing the level of fatigue in your muscles to help optimise training. Body still recovering from your last brutal workout? Check will let you know and tell you to take it easy, reducing the risk of injury.

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Bose SIE2GG headphones (£94)

Music while running? Good. Headphones falling out every three paces? Bad. Very bad, and extremely annoying in fact. These Bose headphones will grip your ears tighter than a glue-covered vice thanks to their special ear tips, and they're sweat and weather-resistant too. Oh and they sound great.

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Tom-Tom Multi-Sport GPS watch (£180)

If you don't fancy lugging your 6in phablet around with you on your run (and you definitely won't want it in the pool), then this TomTom wrist-hugger is the answer. It has its own in-built GPS unit which means it doesn't need a smartphone to track your workouts and you can keep on top of your progress with regular PC syncs, uploading your data to TomTom's MySports site.

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Nike Air Max 2014 (£180)

Yes they're pretty hard on the wallet, but just look at that paint job. You'll have the snazziest running shoes on the block and they're not just a pretty face either. Cushioned from heel to toe with two sock-liner options, the new Nike Air Max trainers even glow in the dark, and you can customise them with Nike iD to your heart's content.

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Misfit Shine (£100)

One of the thinnest activity trackers around, the Shine is made from aircraft-grade aluminium, and its waterproof body means you can take it for a dip in addition to tracking your running, cycling and sleep. Its replaceable four-month button cell battery means you don't have to worry about recharging, and its sleek iOS companion app magically syncs up to it when you place it against the screen.

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Adidas Energy Boost (£110)

Hundreds of capsules in the sole of these Adidas trainers offer maximum energy return. Not only are they bouncier than traditional EVA rubber trainers, they stay that way in extreme cold too. A lot safer than strapping on a pair of ACME springs to your feet, we think you'll agree.

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Camelbak Classic 2 Litre Hydration (£40)

If you're going through this much water cycling or running then we bow to your superior fitness. With a built-in pocket for keys, phones and energy gels, along with a straw for sipping on some much-needed water while running, the CamelBak Classic will be an important tool in your long-distance arsenal.

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Cycleops Magneto Trainer (£157)

The Magneto Trainer is ideal for those great British downpours where riding outside will get you drenched through and through. It's the world’s first magnetic trainer with progressive resistance, which increases as you pedal faster. Just change gears as normal and let it sort out the resistance automatically. Simple, yet exhausting.

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