Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 16 gadget gift ideas for fitness fanatics

Feel the festive burn with these sweat-inducing gifts

Christmas might be the season of excess, but that's all the more reason to encourage some vigorous sport sessions (or rainy runs, as the case may be).

Be it springy shoes or wrist-wrapping trackers, we've got the gifts stock full of fitness smarts to turn too much Turkey into rippling washboard abs. OK, so we're not guaranteeing anything, but at least you'll look darn fine as you wheeze your way back to the sofa for another box set and slice of log cake.

Misfit Shine 2 (RM479)

One of the thinnest activity trackers around, Misfit's second Shine is made from aircraft-grade aluminium. Aside from being quite a looker, its waterproof body also means you can take it for a dip - in addition to tracking your running, cycling and sleep. Vibration alerts are on hand to shift the inactive, too.

Its replaceable 6-month button cell battery puts paid to recharging worries, whilst the sleek companion app magically syncs up to both Android and iOS devices when you place it against the screen.

Buy the Misfit Shine 2 here

Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2 Record (RM500)

Sometimes, runners just want to sprint free from the faff of fitness bands and smartphones. If this sounds like your free-spirited but data-obsessed friend, get them these: a pair of unisex trainers that come with a Bluetooth foot pod for tracking distance, speed and pace. 

Once their wearer is back home, the trainers will automatically fire a record of the workout to the Map My Run app. And, unlike sports watches, you don’t need to charge them either: the sensor will last for the lifetime of the shoes - or around 500 miles of pavement pounding. 

Buy the Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2 Record here

Bellabeat Leaf Urban (RM620)

Fitness wearables often look like they could be part of a ‘sports casual’ wardrobe, but not this elegant bit of health-tracking jewellery. The Leaf Urban stealthily monitors its wearer’s step counts, calories burned and sleep thanks to motion sensors and a companion smartphone app. 

There’ll be no lost sleep over forgetting to charge it either, as everything is powered by a replaceable coin cell battery that should last around six months. Add water-resistance, a vibrating alarm mode and wireless syncing to the app, and that diamond necklace starts to look pretty dull.

Buy the Bellabeat Leaf Urban here

JBL Reflect Aware (RM769)

If there's one thing more annoying than sweating hard despite the rainy weather, it's other people being noisy in parks. Don't they know you're trying to have a peaceful path romp?

Thankfully, these sound-isolating earbuds from JBL will do just the trick to seal out the sounds. Adaptive noise control tech means you can control just how much of the outside world gets in, whilst reflective elements mean you'll be seen - if not heard.

The best bit? They're Apple Lightning-equipped, so if you've been gifted an iPhone 7, you'll have no problem plugging them in.

Buy JBL Reflect Aware headpones here

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