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

Mobot (From RM175)

If you’ve ever managed to include a foam roller workout in your gym sessions, you’ll know that it’s like chain oil for your muscles. The hardest part (apart from rolling over an agonisingly tight calf) is actually remembering to take one with you to the gym. 

That’s where this ingenious bit of convergence comes in: the Mobot is a water bottle combined with a muscle-loosening roller. There’s no connection with Mo Farah, but use it regularly and you might just smash your middle distance PB.  

Buy the Mobot here

Silva Trail Speed Elite (RM1033)

Running in the day is exhilarating, but the evening dark also makes parks feel like a terrifying level from Limbo. Here to reveal that, no, that tree isn’t a giant spider and, yes, you are about to collide with a park bench, is this versatile headtorch. It ticks all the right boxes for running: lightweight (162g with battery), fox-startlingly bright (660 lumens with a throw of 90m) and water-resistant.

It’s not just for tarmac trudging, either, with attachments included for mounting it on a helmet or bike handlebars, plus there’s a giant power button for those who simply can’t face the cold without a giant pair of ski gloves.

Buy Silva Trail Speed Elite here

Sony B-Trainer (RM715)

Combining your favourite tunes with top-end training and stat-measurement, this swanky Sony headpiece is one immersively fitness-focussed friend.

Voice coaching developed with running gurus Asics and an advanced goal-setting system will egg you on to burn off that festive fat, whilst its deceptively dinky waterproof shell packs an olympian array of sensors, including a barometer, compass and heart rate monitor, to give you the full force of your feedback. Best of all, it's got a battery good for most marathons.

Buy the Sony B Trainer here

Polar M600 (RM1778)

Can’t decide whether to get your beloved runner a fitness band or a GPS watch? Give them something that combines the two, instead. The M600 takes the 24/7 activity tracking of a Fitbit and combines it with GPS logging in a sleek, wrist-mounted shell.

Better still, it's been fitted with heart rate monitoring - strap free. Throw in the power of Android Wear, for nifty notifications as you sweat, and you've got a real pace-setter.

Buy the Polar M600 here

Money where your muscle is